Today was the first day that really felt like spring. It was sunny and 69 on the porch, really delightful.
Last night was the first night I heard the tree frogs, along with a few pond peepers, I believe. They may have been going for a few days before this, but I can’t be sure.
Time to think about doing some of the long-shirked yard work. In my case, that would be some neglected and starting to rot down piles of leaves.
It’s also a good time to think about getting next winter’s supply of firewood. Not only are prices – or maybe really availability – apt to be a bit better at this time of year, the old rule for avoiding spitting and popping and floor damage was “one year on the ground.” I like to stay two winters ahead, if I can manage it, but from about now to next winter is probably enough drying time. Burning dry wood also helps keep the chimney buildup minimal.