Spring is Near, But Please, No April Showers
Raise your hand if you’re still keeping your New Year’s resolutions. I don’t see any hands in the air, not even mine. I was just curious how long you held out.
Over the past few years, I have come to think spring is a better time to make resolutions. It’s a time when nature comes back to life after the winter. People are happier as the days warm up and the sun stays out longer. It’s the perfect time to make resolutions, and you will be more motivated to keep them because you are happier. Making a resolution on Jan. 1 is fine, but then you have to keep focused on it through the winter blahs.
We’re through that now and ready for spring to arrive.
I enjoy the spring because it means I can get my bike out — and by bike, I mean bicycle. I pedal along the back roads in Southern Pennsylvania exercising, enjoying the scenery, and clearing my thoughts. If you want something a little faster, check out our feature on Gettysburg racers Jenna Schulteis and Kayla Yaakov in this issue. They are racers in their teens.
Me, I stick to pleasant rides through the countryside and taking a road I haven’t taken before to see where it goes (unless it’s up South Mountain). After reading the Day Tripper piece in this issue about Lake Redman and William H. Kain County Park, I think I’ll take my bike out there and explore the trails and roads around that local treasure. My bike is a hybrid so it can handle some off-road biking, and the park has 12 miles of trails.
On the flip side of the seasonal coin, it is also the time for spring cleaning. Now this is something I dread, whether it’s cleaning up the yard and planting flowers or giving the house a good once-over. My wife and I will spend hours cleaning, and our home looks nice when we finish. It doesn’t stay that way for long, especially with a teenage boy at home.
If you’re really determined with your spring projects, check out our article on remodeling your kitchen for under $10,000. It will be a challenge, but writer Blair Thomas has talked to experts who offer some tips to get you started off on the right foot. Also, if you are planning on making home improvements, check out our article on which ones will pay for themselves either in cost savings or home-value increases.
March is also the time for St. Patrick’s Day. I enjoy the holiday, although I don’t get into it as much as some people do, even though I met a leprechaun once. Yes, a leprechaun. His name is Jerry, and he spends the season going to schools and businesses dressed in his green outfits, giving away candy coins with a spirit of the season that makes Santa Claus jealous.
Welcome to spring. May it bring you the season’s cheer!
James Rada, Jr.