Spring gives sense of motivation

That first blush of spring is a season for renewal.
The buds on trees in my yard have begun expanding. My day lilies are pushing their shoots through the frozen earth and appearing above the last of the snow in my yard.
Five months of winter has left the yard dirty. I began my clean-up removing all the Christmas lights that were wound about my green shrubs.
Fortunately, they all were still working, which will be a treat come fall.
On Saturday, I cleaned my outside windows. One doesn’t expect the water dripping down the windows to be grey but it was.
Six months of fall and winter have left their mark. My birch trees have shed lots of dead branches on the ground while the large maple in the northwest corner of my yard has dropped several large branches as they are prone to do.
The yard clean-up is beginning. The collection of cups, pop cans, chocolate bar wrappers, and empty cigarette packages tossed as litter were picked up. With the recent warm weather, my boulevard’s snow drifts have melted—giving way to a winter’s collection of grey and black gravel.
On the other side of the sidewalk, the town’s sidewalk snowplow has deposited a significant amount of sand.
Six months of fall and winter leaves a lot of clean-up. When we completed the last raking in late October, the yard looked spotless. Today, however, it is matted with leaves, deer droppings, and dust.
Those self-fertilizing animals removed every flowering crab apple from the yard, and any that may have fallen after the snow have now been eliminated.
I know those four-legged animals have enjoyed my cedar hedge by the almost continual trail of droppings from the beginning of it to the back corner.
An early spring brings about a leisurely clean-up. It also is a time to exercise caution.
A first robin was spotted picking up pieces of grass to build a nest. Children are out on the sidewalks with their bikes and scooters. The warmth has coincided with March Break.
I await the call of the seagulls squawking, and their harsh hungry screams as I walk along the riverfront. People again are driving with their windows down, inhaling the fresh air.
Videos have been posted on vehicles dropping through the ice on Lake of the Woods.
This spring weather gives us all a sense of motivation.

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