Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring Ahead

by Heather

I know I’m not the only one who’s relieved spring is just over a week away, right? I’m looking forward to warmth and sunshine and flowers and green grass, and I’m so excited I don’t even care I’ll be losing an hour’s sleep on the 14th.

But there are some cons to spring… Claritin has made its first appearance in the house this week. Hello, seasonal allergies. And for me, I always have nightmares this time of year, of tornadoes that come in the middle of the night and destroy everything. Shudder. I *despise* those dreams.

And perhaps the biggest con of the season: spring cleaning. What’s your worst chore? For me, it’s the mini blinds. I’ve never managed to find an easy way to clean them, which makes me dread it, which makes me put it off, and soon it’s just easier to buy new blinds!
Closets need to be cleaned out of winter gear. The oven needs to be cleaned (I always wait until it’s warm enough to open the windows). The fridge needs a good cleanout too.

Spring always means home improvement, at least in my house. It’s the perfect time to paint. Rugs need to be steam-cleaned. The shutters really need a coat of paint. The house needs a bath, which means renting a power washer. And the big project—completely remodeling the kids’ bathroom (trust me—it needs it).

On the whole, the good outweighs the bad by far. And some of that may be because I love home improvement projects (though I’m a bit scared about tackling that bathroom), or maybe because I’m not the one with the allergies…and I can even deal with the nightmares as long as I can wake up and see the beautiful flowers.

Just one more week...

~Heather

20 comments:

Dru said...

I love spring cleaning especially when you can open up the windows and let the fresh air circle the place.

Don't forget to spring clean your computer as well.

I hear you on the mini-blinds, me I take the easy way out and replace them.

Have a good Friday.

Shelley Shepard Gray said...

Somehow, spring wouldn't be spring without Heather Webber planning home improvements! : )

Good luck with those!

Mason Canyon said...

I think the only bad thing about spring is the tornadoes. We're having thunderstorms today and that's bad enough.

jbstanley said...

I can't wait! To me, spring means working in the garden like a madwoman and enjoying the fruits of my labors all summer.

CindyD said...

We don't go on DST here in AZ, so now we have to remember the extra hour difference when we call folks in TX & OH. We already did some deep cleaning to help my husband's dust allergies - our worst job was the ceiling fans, two blades snapped off on one! We suspect it had been hit with something before we moved in.

Helen Kiker said...

I love spring but you can forget the cleaning bit. I love to see the spring blossoms.

signlady217 said...

My aunt has the first day of spring (March 20) circled as a BIG holiday on her calendar. She is so excited that i'ts almost here (even if there might be snow on the ground that day!). She makes me laugh. I'm ready for it, too, but more calm than she is.

Jan said...

I'm in AZ also, and have to remember that 10PM my time is way too late to call Mom in NY...
As for Mini Blinds? Easy! Take them down and let the soak in the tub w/some baking soda and a de-greasing soap. Use a little scrubbie in spots and then hang over the shower rod (or door) to drip dry. That's how I used to do it. Now I have verticals and they are much harder to clean. :)

Jeanine said...

My husband declares that St. Patrick's Day is the official first day of Spring. Forget the cleaning -- bring on the Guinness.

Anonymous said...

Spring is the prettiest time here in Austin. But, we have allergies round-the-clock and all-year-round. We didn't get our name of the Allergy Capitol of the World for nothing! There should be a lot of pretty wildflowers this year though because of all the rain we've had.

My most unfavorite spring cleaning job - the baseboards. Hate it!!

Ingrid King said...

I'm so ready for spring this year! Even though it's going to be a rainy weekend here, I'm just so happy that it's rain and now snow.

As far as least favorite spring cleaning jobs - I'd have to say all of them! But I do like the sense of accomplishment that comes with doing them, so it's still worth it.

Anonymous said...

I say for the cleaning jobs you just really hate to do, hire somebody else! If it's only once or twice a year that you need them, I say it's worth the expense and saves your time for something way more fun!

signlady217 said...

That last comment was mine. Sorry, I'm so tired I can't think straight and sent it without a name.

Heather Webber said...

Shelley knows me well. Home improvements happen like clock work here. Our mini blinds are almost impossible to get off their brackets--taking them down usually means ruining them. I'm thinking shades might be a good idea next time we're doing window treatments!

Though, I really like the idea of hiring someone...

Vicki said...

I'm looking forward to opening the windows to air the house out. I hate the idea of having to clean the windows, however. :) We've had a few really nice days this week down here in central VA already. Our students REALLY have spring fever so the warm temps were very welcome.

Bev said...

I just had my blinds cleaned. I have the faux wood blinds and I took the really easy way to clean them. I called the window cleaning company and they have an ultrasonic bath they can put them in. They look great again and I didn't have to do a thing :)

Andrea C. said...

I am so, so ready for spring. Of course, I like the sunny, 70 degree days of spring, not the gloomy rainy days (like today) that also come with spring.
As for spring cleaning - more power to you. I always have very lofty ideas and plans for spring cleaning and sprucing, but you know what they say about the best laid plans.....

Mr. Hendrix said...

I'm with you! I can't wait to get out in the garden and let the fresh air in.
We have a weather alert radio that only goes off when there is a Tornado Warning in Butler Co. so we know if it goes off, we head downstairs. My good photo albumns will get put in the basement thru the season this weekend.
I can't wait to get my hummingbirds back! Amy

brandi said...

When I was a little girl and I heard the tornado sirens at night, I would tell my mom that wse needed to stay up because what if we didn't wake up in time to get to the bathroom? (right next to the bedrooms) My mom would always insist that it was ok to go to sleep, she would get me if it came to that. I would go into hysterics everytime and would just get so worked up and think of the worse case scenerio. You would think I had encountered a tornado... nope. Never. I was quite fearful of 'the tornados that never came' hehe :)

Sarah said...

I hate losing an hour - especially on a Sunday! But waking up wasn't too bad this morning so I'm grateful for that :-)

Sarah