Rites of Spring

Today is the first day of spring which calls for some type of celebration, don’t you think?  I decided to do something special so I went out to mow the grass which needed doing.  So, I pulled on jeans, socks, sneaks, long sleeve shirt and a sweater and headed out to the garage donning a hat to shade my face from the sun.  It feels so good to be active and the day is a beautiful one.  The sun is bright and welcome after the dank, dark days of winter.

Climbing on the lawn tractor, I get a little thrill from the feel of its steering wheel and the padded seat.  Like a pilot, I run through my checklist.  Parking brake off, check.  Mower off, check.  Mower level at 4, check.  Clutch engaged, check.  Turn key to start engine, check.  Except, wait, no, the engine isn’t running.  The quiet is deafening.  Aww, geez, the battery is dead.

This has happened before and with some assistance from my ever patient neighbor it is charged once again.  Note to self: buy a set of battery charger cables and with the spring tractor tune-up, include a new battery.  My ever patient neighbor teaches me how to correctly use said cables.  I feel like an idiot to not know this simple, basic stuff, but the reality is that if you don’t know, you can only err by not learning.

Thus, it was that the mowing began and  the results while not terribly noticeable did make a difference.  However, I have to say, it was cold out there.  The sun was warm, but the wind was cold and I was glad to take a break before finishing to hydrate and warm up. Besides, as soon as I finish mowing, I get to enjoy another rite of spring.  March Madness begins tonight.  Yessssss!

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6 Responses to Rites of Spring

  1. Doris says:

    Welcome sweet springtime, we greet thee with song … er … uh … well, the song of the lawnmower anyway! Glad you’re feeling well enough to tackle the lawn.

  2. darlene says:

    I wake up to the ode to Spring in Tennessee—of course that was after I took Heidi outside. Burr it is 51F and it’s not warm even though Alaskans think it is!! My dear friend, you gave me a big laugh knowing that I knew how to charge a battery and I have battery chargers in the trunk of my car. Remember everyday it is good to learn a new thing or change to desert landscaping!!!

  3. Jeanette Spencer says:

    I woke up this morning to about three inches of new snow on my car. I did not know it was going to snow last night so I decided not to put my car in the garage. I should know Ohio by now. I would not be surprised if it snows in August this year. I long to see 40F.

    • I recognize that confusion and up it by saying that all day we have had biting winds and snow showers. Spring should be gloriously welcomed since it’s true arrival is so delayed. I hope the buds on the tree aren’t killed by the cold.

  4. Michele says:

    I think Mother Nature forgot to send Spring the memo that it was supposed to arrive in Charlotte! It has been ‘winter’ here all week with cold winds and overcast skies. I bought my first pair of sandals though in eager anticipation of warmer days. Would a pedicure be kin to a rain dance and bring on the spring days?!?!

  5. Allen Payne says:

    It appears Toxihawny (phonetic spelling) Bill was right this year. 6 more weeks of winter. He didn’t have to make it the 6 coldest weeks of the whole dern winter, tho. Weekend before last, I was out cleaning up the natural bed in shorts and barefoot. Now I can’t get warm. I get so excited about the prospect of warm weather, I hate it when Mar. lets us down. I think the cycle has rolled around now so we have warm falls and cold springs. Hate cold! I think hell is going to be cold, not hot. LOL Have a Blessed Easter with our kids.

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