Plodding and stomping towards spring


spring-forwardThe clocks are set forward and my sleep schedule is skewed. The delight of coming home to hours of sunlight will not have me springing forward into my day. I will be staying up too late for the next week and then feeling morose when the sunbeam that had finally started coming in my window to wake me delays its entrance until I’ve left the house. Sigh.

But springtime is a time of optimism. After the week of the no-show snow-quester, the balmy weather this weekend was exhilarating. It was a good weekend for getting outside. If I hadn’t been conserving energy for an overnighter with our toddler granddaughter, I would have attacked the yard. Still, even with little Emily en route to our house, I couldn’t resist pulling out the rake and at least poking around the gardens.

The daffodils are popping up so I was sure I’d unrake some Spring. I was on a search for chives. Even though I need to replenish them this year, I’m still on the lookout for the first sprigs for my eggs. Nothing yet. They really don’t peek until St. Patrick’s Day, another week from now. I raked their bed anyway.

Crocus. If the daffodils are popping, shouldn’t the crocus be hiding under the leaves? I raked the crocus/black-eyed susan bed and found nothing but dirt and some mole trails. ACK! Moles!!! I thought that bed was safe because it is surrounded by sidewalk. Errrrgg. Now I don’t know if they have totally destroyed the bed or if I’m just peeking earlier than usual because of the early daylight savings time and a balmy weekend. It’s not officially spring yet. The susans should not be up yet anyway, but have the moles destroyed the crocus?

Sure this was supposed to be a gopher, not a mole...but it's still funny.

Sure this was supposed to be a gopher, not a mole…but it’s still funny.

In the fall, a colleague of mine gave me a mole “device.” If I call it a mole killer, someone will get weepy over the poor little critters. So I won’t call it a mole killer. It’s a “device” for dealing with moles. I will say, though, that the “device” looks like it was invented by Edward Scissorhands. When I brought it home from school (It never entered the school, by the way. We transferred the “device” to my car in the parking lot, although it could have been a very effective class management tool.)…anyway, I gave it very carefully to my husband who was ready to nonchalantly toss it into the outer mudroom.

Some people don’t know we have an “outer mudroom.” They’ve seen the mudroom and thought that was bad enough. The “outer mudroom” is the room beyond the mudroom door. It is supposed to be the place to put the stuff that people who have garages store where the car is supposed to go. Are you with me? Because I’m getting lost–which is what happens to anything that goes into the “outer mudroom.”

John was about to toss the mole “device” into the outer mudroom when I started “talking” to him:

“You can’t throw that thing in there!!! It will cut someone’s hand off!”

So he put it in a box. And tossed the box into the outer mudroom. I would not be able to find it today if my life depended on it. He will claim that he knows exactly where it is. But in case he doesn’t and something should happen to my husband and me, I’m hereby alerting dear grown children who would have to go through our possessions that there is a mole “device” in a box in the mudroom. Somewhere.

We have another ten days until the official start of Spring. Ten days for the crocus and chives to present themselves. While I wait, I’ll stomp on mole trails and try to get Someone to activate a critter management plan.

Kathy Harp – visit her personal blog Maywood Living.

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