February is Here Already
Monday, February 04, 2013
Gosh January flew by. Already one month down in 2013 and I am not making any progress on my weight loss front. Every time I think it will get less hectic things just don't turn out that way. I simply have to TAKE the time for me. I have recommitted to exercising by walking in my neighborhood. While I have a treadmill I much prefer to walk outdoors. Time seems to go by faster and the walk seems more fulfilling outdoors than on that treadmill that never takes me anywhere.
The Super Bowl is over and Mardi Gras is in full swing down here in south Louisiana. Two more weekends of Mardi Gras fun and then Lent is upon us. Hopefully those 6 weeks of "sacrifice" will help me keep on track before Easter arrives.
Spring has definitely arrived in the south. My petunias, pansies, snapdragons, dianthus and calendulas are starting to put on their show for the springtime. The camellias have finished their fall/winter show. I had a medium sized red maple removed this past week from my backyard as I simply had too much shade. When you first build your new home (almost 20 years ago now) you can't wait to get shade down here in the hot south. Now that the tress are maturing I have too much of a good thing so one tree was taken down. Hopefully the grass will grow back in that area. Two other oak trees were pruned and shaped as well. We need to do that down here to help the tress survive a hurricane if one comes. Thinning out the center of tress makes them much better able to withstand the winds and prevents them from falling over. Well maintained trees usually survive a hurricane without issue, whereas those which are allowed to grow unkempt are usually the ones that fall over and do damage. A small price to pay for a healthy tree.
I am getting ready to prepare and plant my spring/summer vegetables and pots. Tomato plants and herbs are arriving now in the nurseries with spring flowering plants also available. I plant the spring flowering plants in the ground in late fall but I wait until now to plant all my pots around my pond area and patio. Simply too much to hall in if we get a hard freeze. The ones in the ground can take it but not the ones in a pot.
Happy Mardi Gras everyone.