The snow has completely melted from our shady front yard. Early, when you consider that in the old days, we always hoped it would be gone by April 22, our youngest daughter’s birthday. Until recently, this was never a given. Now, we can more or less count on it.
The mud has mostly dried up, too. In our backyard this year, on a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate the mud factor a 3, with it going away relatively fast, too. I never even lost a shoe in the muck, which sometimes happens. However, we don’t have any kids or dogs to churn up the backyard, and no doubt that makes a big difference.
Now that the snow and mud are gone, it is time to begin spring yard work. Because we live in the woods, there are always branches and twigs to pick up. I am gathering up the sticks and putting them into outdoor trash cans. They will come in handy this summer for our fire pit. (The branches have been stacked on one side of the backyard, and they, too, will be used for the fire pit.) When the kids come to visit, we’ll have fires and make s’mores. Always fun, especially as it’s been over a year since the kids have been home.
Because we are Mainers, we always wait until the snow is gone before we take down the Christmas lights. This habit is equal parts tradition, negligence, and practicality. After all, it’s not much fun stomping through knee-high snow to take down lights.
Surveying our snow-free yard, Clif and I decided that yesterday was the day for taking down the lights.
Farewell, my lovelies! See you next winter.
To cheer myself up after putting away the lights, I brought out a couple of my toads. More to come, and frogs, too!
To add a little silly fun to frog and toad corner, I bought this sign to cheer things up.
For those in the northern hemisphere, happy, hoppy, froggy, toady spring to you all!