The long, cold winter is over. It’s time to start enjoying outdoor living. Once again, there are leaves on the trees. Spring flowers are dotting the landscape with bursts of color. The grass is green and growing.
I can almost hear some of you saying, “Yes the grass is green and growing; but that means I have to mow again”.
Unfortunately mowing the lawn does intrude on enjoying the spring and summer weather; unless you love to do it. (my dad used to love to mow) If you have some extra money laying around; you could pay someone to mow for you. If you still have children at home you could resort to forced labor to get the chore done.
I don’t share my dad’s love of mowing. But neither do I like to look at an unkempt lawn; especially after the neighbor mows, revealing a startling demarcation line that shows me I need to mow NOW!
I don’t have a lot of money laying around to hire someone; nor do I still have children at home to force the chore upon. I am also reasonably able bodied, despite my age. Eventually I run out of excuses and JUST GO MOW!
I have an old push mower that sometimes decides it isn’t going to mow when I want to. The rebellious machine decides it isn’t going to start. I fill it with gas, check the oil, clean out the old grass, and push that little gas button a few more times. Then start yanking on that coiled string again. (Pulling that string over and over, is the bane of my existence)
All this TLC sometimes convinces “the mule” to start, and other times causes it to “flood” and become more rebellious. In which case; I revert to my parenting days, and just walk away for a while.
After my mower (the mule) sits in the corner (of the shed) for about a half hour or so; thinking over how it has behaved; it usually takes pity on my already hassled and tired body, and starts! Half of the chore of mowing is over. The dreaded mower start has been completed. Now I begin the hot, sweaty and dirty job of actually cutting the grass. But, just look at part of the finished product! Doesn’t it look nice?
I do like to garden, in spite of the tole it takes on my body. There is something about planting and watching the vegetables grow that appeals to my creative nature. I love being able to walk to the garden and pick fresh vegetables to bring in and prepare, or give away if there is extra.
This year I plan to plant most of the vegetables I did last year. Lettuce, onions, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, swiss chard and/or green beans or some kind of squash. Maybe I will add cucumbers this year. They tend to take up room in my garden plot that I don’t have to spare. Also they produce so many cukes that I can’t use them before they get bad.
I usually plant around the middle of May; so it is time I should be preparing the soil. I already bought some plants. Some of the tender vegetable plants are more frost resistant. I’ve learned that pepper plants freeze easily; so I will buy the plants later and plant later to prevent freezing. Here is my garden from last year.
Some people prefer container gardening. Even though I tend to think this is the way I should go; I have been putting off the change for years. If you are interested in this kind of gardening. It requires an initial investment of money and time; but should pay of in convenience in the long run. Here is a relatively cheap container garden I found at Amazon if you are a member of Amazon Prime:
Decorating with flowers:
Growing flowers is another hobby I enjoy. The colorful blooms brighten my day when I walk outside. I like to plant impatience along the side of my house. They fill out and bloom all summer long. I hate to see them go when the winter frosts start.
I also started a little above ground perennial garden. It should get better each year. I will make changes as I need to. Some perennials spread so much that they threaten to overtake the whole bed. In that case; I have to find them a new home. The picture below has some annuals (petunias) and pots to fill in for the first year.
I love to decorate the front of my house with potted flowers. They are so beautiful. My favorites are petunias. They bloom all summer long.
Each year after the weather improves, I like to complete a home improvement project, or two, before frost comes back on the scene. Last summer I painted my shutters and hired a contractor to build a front porch.
I also painted my old porch swing. It was very porous and I soon found that trying to paint with spray paint was a waste of time and money. It just wouldn’t cover. I had to get out the brush and fill the cracks with several coats of enamel paint. I asked the contractor hang my newly painted swing for me. If you don’t want to go to the trouble, work and expense to paint an old swing; but would like a porch swing; here is an alternative:
I love swinging on the porch swing with my great granddaughter, Isabella. She is nine months old. We take turns saying “Whee” over and over again. I just bought it a new cushion; so now it is the best dressed swing around!
BREAKFAST AT THE BISTRO
I enjoy drinking a morning cup of coffee or eating a meal outside on a beautiful day. I find a bistro table and two chairs just right for one or two people to enjoy this summer pleasure. They are compact, beautiful, and will withstand the weather. This is a relatively inexpensive one I found at Amazon. Isn’t it pretty?
Or if you are a member of Amazon Prime
In July I host a “get together” with friends who used to help with the care of my parents. If you like to have picnics or reunions; you will need a larger picnic table or two. They may also come in handy for displaying yard sale goods.
If you enjoy having yard sales; it is a great way of getting rid of your “junk” that may be another person’s treasure. I found a couple tables at Amazon that may fit your need:
Please take note that the second table is sold alone; and doesn’t include the chairs as the picture shows.
Some people enjoy cooling themselves in a pool of water on a hot summer day. I am one of them. There is a couple of options to enjoy this summer pleasure. You can pack up and head off for the nearest beach or swimming pool; or you can buy a pool of your own to enjoy the pleasure without leaving your property.
Pool parties are a lot of fun; if you like to entertain. You don’t have to go to the expense of an in ground pool. There are many options for cheaper above ground models that come with everything you need to get started. This bargain is also for members of Amazon Prime.
In this post I have given you some examples of how I enjoy outdoor living; and presented you with some investments you can make to enjoy it more.
What are your spring and summer pastimes? How do you enjoy outdoor living? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.
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