Ah, spring. I live in the South, Northeast Tennessee to be exact. I haven’t lived here all that long but to me spring in the South means:
- Annuals (flowers) springing up everywhere from thawing ground: yellow daffodils, purple crocuses, red tulips. How awesome is it that you plant some bulbs in the fall and in the spring they erupt, right on time?
- Dogwoods in full bloom; beautiful, white, like a white fur coat
- Leaf buds on trees that soon become shade for my children
- Brilliant red Cardinals flitting around. Have you ever seen a beautiful red Cardinal against a snowy spring background? Yes, I know that the Cardinal is the state bird of Virginia.
- More time in the evening to get things done: chores, gardening, relaxing in a rocking chair on the porch with a sweet tea in hand
- More cookouts (aka barbecues) featuring burgers, dogs and brats, shrimp, steak, corn and veggies. I love to experiment with different rubs and marinades.
- Shorts and tee shirts which means I need to kick my workouts into high gear
- A month or two of low(er) electric bills, before the a/c kicks into high gear
- Sweet tea and home-made lemonade, for the lemonade stand my kids are begging to do already
- Spring cleaning (or not)
- Easter: cholocate bunnies, chocolate eggs, pastel M&Ms, Easter egg-hunts, messy Easter egg-dying, chocolate (I already said that, didn’t I)
- Green rolling hill countryside drives to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and points beyond
- Planning a summer vacation to…
Copyright by Kelsey Barklow March 2009