I've been busy.
First of all, I should probably apologize. We have had gorgeous weather the last few weeks, and I jumped the gun a bit yesterday by deciding it was not necessary to bring a coat to work. It was about 40 degrees and rainy. So I'm sorry. I had no idea I had that kind of power. I brought a coat to work today and was once again sweltering in the greenhouse gasses that built up in the car all afternoon. As it should be. It's cool.
I weeded my front yard and planted a few flowers and some strawberries. Turns out the yard has been a tad neglected for the past ten years or so. Apparently the previous owner was an older lady with Alzheimer's. The neighbors have some interesting stories. She was sometimes seen sweeping the yard in the wintertime at midnight...but I do not think this maintenance plan was overly effective. So I say "weeding", but it was more like removing the sod and moss that had overgrown the plantings, and pulling out the massive strands of poison ivy. Luckily, I am one of the select members of the population unaffected by poison ivy. Sure, I have allergic reactions to some laundry detergents, and the nickel in some watches and jewelry...but I am spared from poison ivy. It makes no sense.
I paid my taxes later than I have ever paid them before. I mailed the forms on Monday, which for me is super late. I walked to the post office since I was out of stamps and met a few of Baltimore's finest. Two women were walking together, but each talking on a cell phone. I wondered if they were talking to one another.
Mostly, I have been totally digging springtime. Baltimore has a lot of beautiful flowering trees this time of year, and there are even some in my own front yard. A song keeps going through my head, and for once I haven't tried to get it out:
Hey, it's OK, it's alright, I'm alive
and it's good to be!
The Bridge (a Baltimore band - check them out here)