May 1st, 2011

Bike

Spring at Last

Mother Nature finally remembered to flip the switch on her the heating system last Sunday. It's been warmish since, even for the couple of days of rain we had mid-week. The winds have backed off a bit, too. Now they're merely annoying rather than absolutely brutal. The upshot of this more reasonable weather is that my body now aches like an achey thing after three straight days of riding. And despite the brutality of the weather, I managed to have my second best month of April ever, mileage wise, and my times have been a full mph better than this time last year, so there's that.

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Things continue to bloom. The Bradford and rhododendrons are in full splendor. OTOH, the cherry is almost all green now, and the forsythia are losing their blooms but fast. On the gripping hand, krabappel #2 is showing leaves, and even the dogwood is finally showing signs the it is not just another dead stick. Whoot!

Of course the downside to all this growth and rain is that I had to mow the lawn this week, and will have to do so again tomorrow. There also seems to be a wee bit of a dandelion problems out there that will need to be dealt with.

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I have some mini-projects scheduled for the very near future, as in after my current credit card cycle recovers from the damage done to it by the Machinamobile. A new front storm door to match the one I installed on the side, replace the light fixture that got smashed by the previous side storm door, and perhaps a slightly larger garden with a raised bed. Ah, the Home Depot, where dreams become reality...