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Tell me if you are sick of the follow (especially if you living in the Upper East Coast):
· Freezing Rain
· Pot holes
· Road salt
· Did I mention snow?
Now what do you think about the following:
· Warm temperatures
· Walks in the park (or anywhere else for that matter)
· Children playing
· Did I mention flowers?
If you are like me, this winter was brutal, and in some cases, very brutal. Boston is still digging out of the winter wonderland from the last few weeks. As for Central Ohio (Columbus), I was mainly staying indoors, except if I REALLY needed to go someplace.
Well now it is time (in my best Rafiki voice from The Lion King) to take off the winter coat, open up the rafters and let in the light (Mama Odie would be so proud), and let your home and garden shine (can’t you tell I love Disney). Here are some things you need to do in order to “spring” into action for Spring.
· Spring Cleaning: I am working on a cleaning guide on what to do for each month and when to buy products by month to get the maximum savings for each (e.g. Linens can be bought in January for maximum saving, etc…). In the meantime, now is the time for you to come up with a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual list of things to do around the home. Your list is going to be different than mine. For instance, I like to really wash my dishes in the dishwasher once a week. I have plenty of dishes to eat out of, and what I have to cook with, I daily get sink full of water, and wash the pots and pans the old-fashion way (or as my dad says, “Bust some suds, and get it clean”). You look at loading the dishwasher an everyday task.
· Time to get dirty…in your garden. Pull up all the dead plants from the previous season, unless you have perennials and annuals. Now is the time to renew you lawn treatments if you have a service, or if you do it yourself, start treatment for weed control. Plan out what you are going to plant in the ground and in pots. It is always a good idea to read on the plants and foods you are going to have in a garden. I cannot plant a garden in the ground, but I am going to try again for a container garden this year. I had one 8 years ago, and it was a disaster from the first plant. Make sure you have a feed schedule, the right foods for your garden, know what you can plant and when for your area, and you will go far in your garden. Look into getting involved with a community garden. This is perfect for those who want to garden, but do not have the space for even a container gardening. You can grow on your little plot of land (there may be a small fee involved), and perhaps share with others.
· Food Glorious Food: Now is also the time to invest in some springtime eats. You can still fix your soups and stews, but they are less hearty than the winter variety. During this time of the year, smoothies are making their spring debut, so start making some with fruits of the season. It is time to put lemon on vegetables. Green peas are a springtime vegetable. Ham lamb symbolizes spring. Fish is eaten during the Lenten season, but not as much red meats. Go to a farmer’s market. Visiting farmer’s markets not only help you get the freshest fruits and vegetables, but unlike the commercial grocery stores, you are helping out a farmer with his rent and feed their family.
· On the Road…Now is also the time to give your car some attention as well, as well as plan out your vacation time if you have not done so already. This is the time to give your car a good overhaul from the winter wear and tear, such as tires, fuel, engine, and braking system. A good check-up will save you money and problems down the road in the later months, such as when you are on your way to work or your vacation spot, and you have a breakdown in the middle of nowhere. If you are planning a vacation, do it NOW for the best prices for Hotels, flights, even car rentals. The last thing you need is to not have a place to stay while on vacation.
These are a few of the things a person needs to get ready for spring. I hope you use this time to explore the many options open to you as you prepare for the season. Do not get stuck with having an annual routine all the time. Be open to possibilities that may save you time and money. Oh, and one little thing…Welcome to Spring!!!