I now have some purple crocus blooming. The weather has been a little sunnier and warmer. It's actually 55 right now. Sister and Short Niece are coming for Easter dinner tomorrow, but I decided that time in my yard was a higher priority than cooking and cleaning today. I picked up Daughter this morning, and we did the necessary grocery shopping (going to the specialty over grown farm market the day before Easter is definitely not a good idea).
I wrote her a list of cleaning tasks, and I went outside and began spring clean-up. I filled 3 available yard waste bins and left some stuff piled on the patio. Yard waste pick up begins this week, so I will be able to empty them on Thursday, and have them ready for Friday. The ground is still frozen, so I'm limited in what I can do, but it felt so good to be out there working today.
Yesterday I set up a grow light in the basement and started tomato and pepper seeds. I also purchased lumber to construct another raised garden bed. I want to build at least 2 more this spring. I have a list of projects I can begin working on in my yard. Apparently they were burying cable in my yard this week. There are lots of red flags marking underground electrical cables. There is also a new green box back in the corner. I'm frustrated, because they broke one of my compost bins and moved the other, dumping all the contents in the process. I didn't tackle that today, as I want to make sure they're done before I try to repair the damage.
When I came in from cleaning, daughter told me to rest for a few minutes-- she could tell I'd been working hard. She's working in the kitchen right now. It's wonderful to have her so cooperative. Of course, I had to lock everything up before I could go outside, but it's okay. It's nice to have the freedom to go play in the dirt while she cleans....