A Spring Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond

1. Is there any 'spring cleaning' on your to-do list? What's your most dreaded task? 

Last year we landscaped and made improvements to the backyard and just let the front go, so this year the front will get some "spring cleaning." I don't feel it is a dreaded task though. It's fun to get my hands dirty. 

2. What's something many people seem to love, but to you feels like 'watching the grass grow'? 

Watching golf on TV? 

3. Mint grows in abundance during the spring season. Are you a fan? What's your favorite food with a 'minty' flavor? 

Only a fan of Thin Mints. Occasionally Mint chocolate chip ice cream. 

4. It's been said, 'Absence makes the heart grow fonder.' Agree or disagree? Explain. 

I agree if it is my immediate family. 

For others, it could turn into "Out of sight - Out of Mind." 

Like old friends - or cousins from other states. I'm done trying to reach out - but boy when they want to come to California, all of a sudden they want to be friends. 

People enter our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. 

I believe this. Why make something when it wasn't meant to be any more than what it is? 

5. Are there any festive spring events in your city or town? If so, will you take advantage of them? 

Yes, my town has many spring events that I look forward to. Jazz concert this Friday night at the college - Kool April Nites, The Redding Rodeo - 

There are children's events and the Food Truck court starts happening and every Friday night they have live music. Then there is First Fridays - downtown. Another event for the Spring through Fall that is fun. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

All is well here. My youngest son bought a new car (a Jeep) that he is pleased with. We went over Saturday to see it. Nice. 

We're starting to discuss what we will be doing to the front yard. A month ago, a portion of the picket fence fell - thankfully it is fine, just needs to be re-installed. But in doing that, my husband chopped down the Oleanders that my dad planted 25 years ago. I cherish privacy and I enjoy little nooks where I can sit and not be seen by the neighbors. Now I am exposed. So we have THAT to figure out. 

The weather has been gorgeous -  - The hot stuff comes in May/June. Perfect weather for me is 70-80 with low humidity. 

Speaking of low humidity - I can tell its back - every time I open the car door I get shocked. When I am in the store, and I go for the freezer section with doors, I get shocked. I guess it's old age but it really jars me - I've done everything I can to prevent it. It's just the way it is here. At least inside the house, we can use a humidifier; although I don't have one yet but am looking into it for the summer months. I can also use overhead sprinklers for the outside so we can enjoy it better without being baked half-alive. 

That's it for me. Short and sweet. 



  1. I will be looking forward to what you do to your front yard. I would want a little privacy too.
    I love mint - in so many things! :)
    Sad about your out of state family. We have a facebook page for cousins on my Dad and Moms side. It helps us stay in touch a little better.

  2. Honestly, I do most of my "spring" cleaning type cleaning in the fall before winter. I spend spring in the gardens most years. However, we never got the garage cleaned out, so that is on the to-do list this year. I grow spearmint, and peppermint. We love spearmint in our iced tea.

  3. We're still getting snow here in MI so working outside in 70 degrees sounds heavenly to me right now!

  4. We have problems getting shocked in the house as well. Gosh, how sad about the Oleanders! I don't think I have ever seen one. I hope you can solve the privacy problem, wish I could think of something that would fix it.

  5. Great answers and the one about golf is my answer too. YAWN... Seems like eBay is occupying so much of our time now that our yard has suffered majorly...
    Seems we are destined to have rain this weekend and snow in the mountains..sigh..
    Well I had better get going and really accomplish something.

  6. What a shame to lose those old plants. I'm sure you'll figure something out though that gives you some privacy. We have a big lot, but are close on one side to a neighbor. We planted some green arborvitaes and they grow fast and tall. They've made a wonderful boundary on that particular side of the house. I'm on a lake so really everyone just lives out back and the side yard isn't much of an issue. Our weather is very cool in the mornings but we're up in the 70's in the afternoon and I love it. I dread the humidity. Have a great day!

  7. I have never done spring cleaning and the one task I hate is cleaning the oven.
    Cricket mostly but sport in general.
    I do like mint most things like choc mint ice cream or mint chocolate.
    A short absence may do that, but I am really not sure.
    The beautiful spring has arrived (but not for me)and when nature resumes her loveliness the human soul is apt to revive also.

  8. 2 for me would be fishing.
    No worries of privacy for us living in the woods. :)

  9. Enjoy working on your front yard. I happen to enjoy golf but since the LIV tour started it has all changed and I'm very disappointed in it now. Thin Mints are awesome. You can now buy pretzels with the Girl Scout mint chocolate on them. I did love when family all lived in the same town years ago when I was growing up. Enjoy the events in your town.

  10. I agree with you about watching golf on TV. My younger sister is an avid golfer and always has golf on at her home. I don't understand the appeal at all! I like a little privacy in my yard as well. We looked at a house last week that had Oleander bushes in the backyard and it brought back good memories of living in California. Think Mints are the only kind of Girl Scout cookies I ever buy. I hope you have a good weekend. See you again soon!

  11. I use fresh mint in this Lebenese salad my husband likes. He grew up on it, and I actually do like it too. I hate watching golf too. Janice

  12. Although I do not disagree with you about watching golf, I do watch it and find it very relaxing.

  13. A couple of years back a builder put two rather tall two story townhouses behind us. Kind of cuts our privacy big time. This year we are going to be working on getting some of that back. I have an idea and Harvey agrees so we will give that a try.

    No real events that I know of here in our small city. That is one of the reasons I would like to move at some point in time. In Kris's city there are many free or low cost events that happen.

    God bless.