Winter? What winter?

It took no time at all this week to almost forget the last four-plus, endless winter, Lethbridge months:

  • Four-foot high snow piles in the backyard Monday were gone Saturday;

    Hepatica, one month later than 2017

  • Four days of spring clean-up in the front and side yards revealed daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and hellebore busting through while crocus and hepatica showed their colours;
  • Twigs from cherry and plum trees pruned last week started blooming inside after Marlene put them in a vase of water;
  • Thursday, we spotted the season’s first, soaring, 7th Avenue South Turkey Vultures, back with other snowbirds form Arizona, although they may have perched in the neighbour’s tall blue spruces before that;
  • House finches were busy building a nest or two in the side cedar; we hung two cedar birdhouses friend Dean and I built last week, one for wrens or red-breasted nuthatches and the other for, maybe, black-capped chickadees;
  • Basil, parsley, tomatoes

    The greenhouse is overflowing with flowers and tomatoes started from seed indoors within the last month and now transplanted, although night-time temperatures hovering just above zero inside was apparently a bit hard on the peppers, eggplant and basil. But, they survived;

  • Had a beer on the front porch with friend Veryl, and a later glass of wine with Marlene. It was all we could do to withstand the sun’s heat. But, not complaining;
  • Chatted with a neighbour walking her beautiful Kerry Blue Terrier. Might have to get one;
  • Front-yard crocus

    We watched with enthusiasm workers install a concrete median on 13th Street S. to allow for pedestrians and cyclists to pass through, but not vehicles. It’s the final phase of the 7th Avenue Bike Boulevard. Yea!

  • Arranged to have crumbling front steps replaced and flagstone walkway completed, starting next week;
  • Had to do a lot of stretching to get the yard-work and long-winter kinks out. But, not complaining.

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