Now that warmer weather is finally here, my yard is exploding with flowers, plants, grasses, toad stools, dandelions and many other other weeds. But I’m good with it all, as long as it’s green.
I live in a neighborhood of mostly retired and elderly people, who grew up in the era of do it yourself REALLY NICE LAWNS/LANDSCAPING and TREES. My Parents Generation. I’m a Baby Boomer, part of the “If it’s too much work, I’m not interested” Generation.
But I do appreciate and compliment my neighbors frequently on how wonderful their yards look and I notice their endless hours of pruning, planting, watering and mowing. It’s a full time job+ and I already have one of those. By the time I drive home( many nights after 6pm) I have little energy left. So instead, I admire everyone else’s efforts in the block and sit back and enjoy the view out my Picture Window every single day. Someday I’ll be retired and I’ll take up the garden gloves and pruning shears and join them. But that’s a ways off for now.
Czar, my 3 year old inquisitive Borzoi (Dog) has discovered his Purina Dog Food Cans stored on a shelf in my garage. Hounds have a very keen sense of smell and Borzoi are tall and have no problem standing on their hind legs to get to something interesting. I found the yard littered with half a dozen cans, each with several tooth sized gaping holes oozing beef, chicken and other taste temping goop. I had my Veterinarian check his mouth for broken teeth and lacerated gums – but somehow he escaped injury. The Cans are now on very HIGH Shelves in the garage- I just hope that is enough!
Leaves are back! I can’t seem to get rid of the leaves. It’s not an Autumn thing, it’s seems to be a year ‘round thing in my neighborhood. The leaves that piled up against bushes, hedges, fences and foundations from last Fall and Winter are now being picked up by those Spring Breezes and tossed from yard to yard. It looks like OCTOBER in my yard all over again!
Rain. We need Rain, the snow we received wasn’t enough I’m told. We’re still in a drought. Rain Dancing is needed, since talking, praying and whining hasn’t worked. If you know of any specific- full proof Rain Dance – please let me know and I’ll do it willingly.
Golfing is on my agenda again this year. It was on it last year, but never happened. I have clubs ( 2 sets actually) and they have cobwebs on them in the basement. I live across the street from a Golf Course, I truly have no excuse – except that I work a lot and feel like I neglect my pets- so I try to spend time with my three dogs whenever possible. Now, if they could just play golf, we could have a foursome!
I wore my Helping Hands Humane Society Sweatshirt to Bowling last night. Several people asked me if I had seen the new Shelter and I said yes and told them about it and the wonderful new electronic sign out front that shows video of the pets. A young Mom stopped me and asked me if I worked at the Shelter. I explained I did not work there but I was a past member of the HHHS Board. She explained her young daughter (sitting in a high chair and possibly 18 months old) had wanted a dog, so she got her a pit bull mix puppy. I could tell she realized, getting a pet for a child this young had been a foolish idea. She asked about taking it to the Humane Society and if they charged you for leaving unwanted pets with them. I explained there was no charge and that she should take the puppy there right away- they would Welcome her! I could see relief on her face.
If you haven't been to your new Helping Hands Humane Society Animal Shelter, off West 21st Street and I-470 in Topeka--GO as soon as you can! They are open 7 days a week. Ask for a tour. They are proud of it and want to show it off and after all- It's YOUR SHELTER. HHHS has created not a prison for animals, but a safe, clean, playground for them. Best of All, they give unwanted animals hope- that one day they may be placed in a loving home of their own. This amazing place has been a long time in the making- alot of hard work, patience and generosity made it happen. This is your Shelter- visit it soon.
You won't feel sorry for the animals, it won't make you cry or feel sad- it'll be just the opposite- I PROMISE! You'll be proud of it!
Spring is perfect for new beginnings; a new Pope, colorful new clothes, lots of activities on the ol’ Social Calendar, Nature off it's brightly colored creations and maybe a green lawn will replace the brown one at my house. A little snow, now a little rain… just what the Doctor Ordered for our bone dry Kansas to turn into a brillant Green!
Spring means back to a busier schedule. No more time off- too much going on: St Patrick’s Day Parade, Governor’s Easter Egg Hunt, Radiothon, Benefit Runs, Walks, lots of excitement this time of year. It fills up our weekends and since I’m all out of vacation time. Three “Vacations” in 4 weeks: Lake Tahoe, Eureka Springs and San Francisco/ Napa Valley. My Visa Card may never recover.) If anyone ever invites you to go to San Fran- DO IT! That City has a great Vibe- the Hills, Skyscrapers, Shops, Wharf, Sea Lions and the Dark Blue Bay! The Traffic- not so much.
And now it’s Tax time. I’m a slacker when it comes to Taxes. My friends are getting refunds and I still haven’t gathered all my paperwork together to go into a Tax Shop and beg for someone to help me. Oh, well, I’ll take a plate of fresh baked cookies along…
Spring has Sprung- get out and Enjoy!