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New Life


Spring is a very busy time of the year for a lot of us. We might even consider having a checklist to remind us of all the things we have to do as we spring into the season. For instance, we start off by springing forward and losing an hour of sleep as we change our clocks. If you live in a state that does not have to participate, lucky you. Next, we have to brace ourselves for a sleet and snow mix and then thunderstorms and tornadoes. At least that's what I have to look forward to in my neck of the woods. After that, some of us have spring cleaning and preparation for going green and recycling. The benefit of that is your old stuff can be turned into fast cash. And during these trying economic times, it would be a grand idea and you can feel good about not putting a bunch of junk in the landfills. And finally, for me the worst part is preparing to deal with the traffic. I live next to a tree nursery and it is hopping even now. It is a booger bear to get out of the driveway. But is that really what spring means to me? Not at all! I love spring! It is my favorite time of the year.


What's nice about living next door to a tree nursery is that I can just walk next door and browse through all of the wonderful herb starter plants and lavish hanging plants, load them up in a shopping cart and roll them home. Of course, the only reason I can do this is because I am a regular and they know me. Just one of those little perks. I almost feel sorry for those folks that have to drive around the block to park and then attempt parallel park. I actually do chuckle when I spot it.


Another glorious reason for loving spring is that I get to start my after work walks again. It's actually light after 5 p.m. I download lots of podibooks to my iPod and get plenty of exercise and catch up on my reading. I love being able to multitask. When I am done walking I can relax on my balcony with my newly purchased plants and a lemonade with a pinch of rum. Really refreshing. Spring is a great time of the year because the whole city breathes in new life. City markets are a buzz with fresh vegetables and fruits. Musicians are out sharing their music and families are tapping their toes and some even take on the dance. I love spring because it creates a world where everyone can wake up from a long winter slumber and begin to live again.