If you go by the inserts in today's Los Angeles Times, then spring has pretty much sprung. Target has all kinds of swimwear mix-and-match combinations for spring breakers heading to meccas like Vegas or Panama City Beach, Florida. Michael's craft store is pushing its faux spring flowers--for those who need a flower fix if the real thing isn't yet happening? Daylight Saving's is next weekend, meaning we'll have an extra hour of daylight to do whatever we like to do outside.
Hey, I'm looking forward to it--I'm done with winter, and I live in Southern California. I've got my front yard looking pretty good--having kept up with pruning, weeding and propagating in between rain storms. But the backyard is another story. We have a very old pool with which to contend, a deck that needs refinishing, a play area that I've been promising my daughter I'm going to turn into a Zen tea house garden and major pruning to tackle.
Did you start to repair or build something last summer or fall that you didn't complete? We're also guilty of that at our house, big time. Maybe it's time to redesign the yard, get ready to open your pool for the season, repair or build a deck, fix the spa or replace the rump-sprung wicker chairs with something a bit more functional.
Take this poll to help spring you into action (because I know it's all you need). If anything, it might help you prioritize outdoor projects, or send you on a weekend hunt for a new hot tub or patio cushions.
Photo: What my daughter's old playhouse will look like in a few months (we wish) / Lisa Hallett Taylor