Spring Forward

Happy Easter

Our topic for this week is “What do you do to welcome/get ready for spring?”

Normally, spring is full of activities for me and the people in my life. My calendar is usually filled with two or three events each day, and I often have to run from one place to another. In between the running, I have midterms and other paperwork for school, and plans are made for family gatherings for Easter and a handful of family birthdays. In my musical life, spring means concerts. All three of my performing groups usually have performances in March, so the arrival of spring signals a flurry of musical activity. And as soon as one concert is done, rehearsals begin for the next one, so that energy continues.

On the home front, closets need to changed out – most of the winter stuff goes to the basement, and the spring/summer stuff comes out. Since we get the occasional snowfall in April, I can’t put it ALL away, but it’s nice to trade heavy sweatshirts for lighter knits. Sometimes in March, we begin to experience a phenomenon known as sunlight, which tends to illuminate areas in the house that have escaped my haphazard method of housekeeping. When this happens, I will actually set aside some other tasks in order to make a specific area of our house not look like a science experiment gone bad.

Once the temps start climbing above 40 or so, I’ll walk more regularly. I like to do a circular route around our neighborhood. As I mentioned before, we’re getting sunshine every now and then, and going outside for an hour or so energizes me, so I can get more stuff done. I’m not an outdoors person, so an hour is about all I can handle unless I’m watching a grandchild playing soccer or baseball.

Of course, this spring has been anything but normal. Only one of the spring performances took place, as it was scheduled for the first weekend in March. Work for my classes became more intense, as I had to learn new ways of presenting my material. Since our oldest son and all three grandsons were born in either March or April, birthday celebrations have been observed – or will be done – remotely. And since I’m in my house a lot more than usual, I’m noticing those dusty bunnies and actually dealing with them. There’s still a lot of clutter, since I’m frantically sewing every day to keep up with requests for face masks and hospital gowns. My granddaughter works in the ICU at one of the local hospitals and she assured me that their supplies are so low that the bright colors I have in my stash will work just fine, so I’m going to keep going until I run out of materials.

How are you welcoming this most unusual spring?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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11 Responses to Spring Forward

  1. We’re welcoming spring in the same way we always do. Hardly anything has changed. Sprucing up the yard, trimming the perennials, yard and house maintenance, and going about our business just as we always have. We’re making fewer errands, of course, but we are enjoying the spring just as much as ever. A belated Happy Easter, everyone.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Our garden centers in Michigan have been closed down, because they haven’t been deemed essential. There are a lot of angry people! Glad you’re able to get your outdoor work done.

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  2. No, they’re not essential. But people generally have enough to do in spring without visiting them. 🙂

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    Love this quote:
    “I will actually set aside some other tasks in order to make a specific area of our house not look like a science experiment gone bad.”

    as for your normally busy [may I say “frantic”?] schedule… I wonder if it’s doing your system some good to be forced into a slow-down cycle.
    Of course, nobody wants this virus-imposed slow-down to continue.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m sure you’re right. I’m enjoying not having to be in a certain place at a certain time – except being in front of my laptop for meetings and church services. And of course, hubby has his doctor appointments and other “must haves.” Next week, I’ll have to start grading final projects. But my two most recent sewing projects (masks and gowns) are keeping me as busy as ever. I seem to have an endless supply of materials – guess there are minor advantages to being a semi-hoarder.

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  4. Great job on the sewing, Patty! My hat’s off to you!


  5. trishafaye says:

    Usually spring finds me out in the yard/garden. But the past 2-3 years I’ve hardly gotten out there at all. The far-far back has become an overgrown jungle. When I took a PART-time job with Hallmark cards, I soon discovered that the two largest holidays, Mother’s Day and Valentines Day – leaving Christmas in third spot) meant that from February to early June the part-time part didn’t exist. With depleted energy levels, my poor yard got neglected.

    This spring, while living life in the s-l-o-o-o-w lane, I’ve had time to get out back and reclaim my garden patch. (Almost – two more weeks and I should have it where I like it.)

    I miss seeing friends that I used to meet regularly for lunch, and I’ve missed my three writers group, and the craft group at the library….but I must say, I AM enjoying this slower pace of life!

    Although it looks like you haven’t slowed down – you’ve just turned your attention to your sewing machine! (Love your mask!)


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks, Trisha. I’m sure your yard looks great! One of our local hospitals posted the tutorial for them, so I’ve been using that – and now the senior facility where my mom lives just asked for fifty of them, so I’d better get back to my machine!

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  6. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Even with a virus your schedule is, as usual, busy. One thing I haven’t done is any spring cleaning. I feel guilty.


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