Time to Open the Windows Again
By Jeff Salter
We’re all about Spring this week and debating how much we enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors. Well, as I’ve noted on some of the Resident Foxes’ posts this week, I no longer do much outside stuff because of physical limitations. But I love the fresh air we can experience as we once again open windows and (occasionally) the doors… and let the outside air sweep through the house.
In Southeast Kentucky, we don’t have to battle as many skeeters as we did in Northwest Louisiana. But they do have flies up here — dark, ugly, mean flies (as large as prunes). We can’t really enjoy our rear deck as much as would seem possible because it has no roof and the direct afternoon sunlight is usually too intense. [Also my wife’s free-range chickens have decided our rear deck is included in their turf, so they’ve taken it over — and pooped all over the place.]
We are at a relatively high elevation (here in Possum Trot) and have a beautiful view to the east and south from our front porch. Mornings and evenings on the porch – where we have two chairs, two swings, and two ceiling fans – can be very relaxing.
As I approached this week’s topic, I had to look up “spring fever” because I had some confusion about what it actually means. Turns out it can mean a sense of excitement and raw energy — or the exact opposite (lethargy)… and presumably everything in between.
Here’s what Wiki has to say about it:
Whatever the actual symptoms of Spring Fever were, the annual dose of Spring Tonic was sworn to CURE them. My earliest awareness of supposed spring fever – and its curative tonic – was (as a kid) watching an episode of Bonanza. In this show, Ben, Adam, and Joe Cartwright were trying to force Hoss to swallow his “spring tonic” – a mixture of sulfur and molasses – which was supposed to cure spring fever. Needless to say when large and powerful Hoss didn’t want to do something, it took a lot of persuading. Does anybody else remember that episode?
Here are some of my previous musings about springtime, from my 2013 blog – which includes links to my 2012 and 2011 Spring-themed blogs – here at 4F1H:
[NOTE: not sure why, but the links to the song clip and the two movie clips are no longer working — sorry].
How does Spring grab YOU? Do you feel the freedom from cold winter months and go play barefoot in the dirt? Or is Spring just another season to you? Have you ever been dosed with Spring Tonic?
[JLS # 272]