I know summer doesn’t officially begin until Friday, but I start saying summer the day school ends for my boys. Unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t agree and decided that is when spring weather would finally kick in.
Outdoor work has kicked into high gear at work and at home. Our horticulture, forestry and wild rice departments have been planting non-stop, and we have been planting trees, shrubs and flowers at home. I love seeing green leaves, white and pink blossoms and the smell coming from my lilac bush. A big benefit has been some extra calorie burning by digging, weeding, mowing…… I really felt the burn in my arms and shoulders as I pulled out grass and moss from a grown-over flower bed, which I had neglected from last summer. In the next few days, there will be wheelbarrow loads of wood chips to move and after yesterday’s rain the lawn will need mowing again. Added in has been re-freshening built-ins, shelves and trim with paint, window washing and other heavy spring cleaning. Love it when I burn calories while making the house and yard look nice.
Blossoms galore in my front yard.
Lilacs from a large bush in my yard.
Flowers blooming on a clover plant given to me by a Spark Friend.
Marigolds, from the same Spark Friend, brightening the rails of my deck.
Yesterday we took a break and travelled to Duluth for the day. It was a beautiful day to be by Lake Superior. We did a lot of walking and were able to catch a ship leaving port with a load of iron ore pellets. A stop at a pawn shop, the mall and for dinner followed, and as we left town a thunderstorm hit. The drive home was made special by seeing changes in the sky – from dark clouds to seeing the sun begin peeking through the clouds. It was a wonderful day.
The "Paul R. Tregurtha" leaving port with a load of iron ore pellets.
Making its way under the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth's Canal Park.
Heading out of the canal and into Lake Superior's waters.
Stormy skies after a sunshiny day.
I am back at work today, and am trying to get as much done as possible without my boss, who is out of town, my supervisor, who had emergency surgery over the weekend and account specialist, who resigned at the beginning of the month. Our fiscal year ends June 30 and there is only so much I can do on my own, and much of it needs to be approved by my supervisor before it goes to the main office. Should be an interesting two weeks. Hopefully there will be time to finish planting flowers in the garden I just cleared out in the evenings because I have a romantic weekend planned with my honey, and don’t want to be worried about what still needs to be done in the yard or garden.
I want to send a special thank you to all who have been praying for my friend Pam, who is in final stages of her battle with cancer. Your prayers and kind words mean so very much to me.