Ahhh! the first day of spring, finally. But my horoscope says, “Although the birds and buds know that spring means it’s time to come out and be seen, you are somewhat more tentative.” I am? Maybe.
Have you ever felt like your head was so full of stuff you wanted to say that you just didn’t know where to begin? That’s how I’m feeling right now:
Unwarranted alarmist bloggings about the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, H.R. 875.
Sod busting today at the White House for Mrs. Obama’s new veggie garden.
The first day of spring, and it’s 28 degrees??
Number 2 son’s 16th birthday.
A buggy bug talk with no Power Point projector.
So, how do I fit all that into one compact little blog post? If I ended it now it’d be nice and compact wouldn’t it? But then I’d feel like I hadn’t given you your money’s worth (Arrgh! I just compared myself to AIG!).
First, let’s get this H.R. 875 jazz out of the way. I don’t claim to know a lot about politics, but I do know the basic workings of the legislative process. A similar bill was proposed in 2007 and it failed, I give the new one the same chance. But this isn’t to say we shouldn’t be aware of what’s goin on. However, let’s not be obtuse about the situation because then you risk being seen as ultracrepidarian.
Secondly, some folks (my lovely wife included) are having a great deal of difficulty picturing Michele Obama actually workin in a garden. My wife says the First Lady may get out a time or two for a photo op, but probably won’t do a lot of weeding herself. I suppose if I had someone to do weeding for me (Dale Haney is the White House gardener, I’ve not Googled him yet but give me a few minutes, there.) I doubt if I’d bend over backwards to get it done. So, maybe she won’t, but then again, maybe she will. I have no trouble picturing Ms. Michele in an old pair of jeans and a short sleeved shirt (and I’m not saying anything about her biceps) hoeing a garden.
Third, spring has sprung is how the sayin goes. But I’m a realist when it comes to zone 5 western PA gardening. Here, unless you have a greenhouse or live in a microclimate, it just doesn’t stay warm long enough in March to do anything in the garden. Plus, it’s usually a mud pit anyway. So, we try to schedule a little trip south to Kentucky at this time of year so we can experience the true arrival of spring.
Fourth (and why am I counting these things off??), I have four children. Of those, three have birthdays this month. Do you remember your 16th birthday? I can tell you what I remember about mine in two words: drivers license. The other day I stopped in at the Drivers License Center and picked up a copy of the drivers manual for my son. I had just downed a lukewarm cup of coffee before I left the house and knew that I’d be needing to pee pretty soon. I also knew there’d be a public restroom at the DLC. Ladies, when you’re using a public restroom please lock the door behind you so that the unexpected doesn’t happen at a most inopportune time, like when your panties are down around your ankles!
Lastly, I am looking forward to my “The Good, The Bad, and The Bugly” bug presentation tomorrow. I gave this talk last July at the public libary and it went over quite well. My wife asked if I’d be interested in giving the presentation to the ladies in the Herb Thymers herb club. How could I refuse? But I’ll have to do without a Power Point projector since I don’t own one. I guess I’ll just have to rely on my skills as an educated orator (read: fake it).
Here’s one of the pictures I’m using to get the Herb Thymers attention:
Have a great weekend and with March Madness in full swing I may not be around till Monday! Happy first day of spring!