“What do you do to welcome/get ready for spring?”
Like for everyone else, things are a bit different this year, due to the novel Covid virus.
But here is what hasn’t changed.
I’m cleaning out closets, getting rid of clothes left behind by grandchildren that they have outgrown; these will have to wait in the garage for my local St. Vincent de Paul store to reopen.
I am going through things my sons have left behind; if they aren’t going to use them again, the things are going. Teen Grandson had things here since he was three months old. We went through a great deal for the Throw/Save/Store/Give piles. He’s been in quarantine, total lock-up with us for two solid weeks, until today. We’ve gotten a lot done together.
I have rediscovered things that I can put to use, or use in new capacities.
But like all other Springs,
the heavy quilts and blankets get washed and stored, and also the flannel sheets. My wool coats get put away into the cedar wardrobe along with sweaters. This year the coats did not have to go to the cleaners first, because I never wore them. The weather wasn’t terribly cold and when it was, I generally went to see my brother in the nursing home and with all the contact with many, (often ill) people, I took coats that I could wash. (I was ready for Covid actions already!)
I greatly miss the walk-in closets from my former place, so I have a trunk that gets opened generally Spring and Fall so my light-weight clothing and sleepwear can come out, the heavy ones and holiday-themed ones go in.
I let the yard work go the last few years for health reasons. It will never get back to wonderful, but more got done with the Teen Grandson here. I hope that his mother lets him come back to help with other projects.
As always, I am baking more. We have a wall oven that heats the better part of our ranch-style house wonderfully when it is cool/cold, but it is a horror during warm/hot weather. Once the A/C goes on, the oven does not. I have pumpkin and banana breads in the freezer now. I made raisin/nut/spice cakes and a loaf; I have small citrus and chocolate cakes there and I will be making other small cakes to pull out once in a while. With the freezer being utilized for a lot of ‘just in case’ foods, I think that homemade cookies will not be in reserve this year; they are too fragile.
I had hoped to get some flowers planted, if the herb garden that I have been planning doesn’t come to fruition AGAIN. Big gardening has had to become a thing of the past. We’ll see. It stays too cold here in central Kentucky to plant early, (much to my surprise when I moved here).
I also was spoiled with fresh vegetables by generous neighbors and Son#1’s gardens, but I don’t think those will be forthcoming this year, either. My gardening son now lives about 40 miles from us.
used to do well container gardening when I was in Colorado. I did very well with several types of tomatoes, peppers, leaf lettuces, squash and zucchini….maybe…
However, the usual Spring-prep is about done, it isn’t much, but it sure feels good to get it all accomplished.