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Today was wonderfully nice.

I woke up late, around noon or so, since I got in so late last night. I ignored the computer, and made myself a cup of tea. When I looked outside, the weather was stunning, warm, clear, sunny, probably 24 celcius or so.

Went for a walk, then sat around in Belli’s back yard for a while. Being the first real springlike day we’ve had all year, I noticed the yard needed a good raking out, especially the flower gardens lining the fence.

It’s odd, the things that you can suddenly enjoy doing, when you thought for years as a child it was annoying work that your parents forced you to do. I started raking the lawn, pulling out dead plants to uncover the living ones underneath, piling up old rotting leaves from last fall to put in a bag later. It was such a good feeling, uncovering new growth underneath what was dead, finding the beginnings of what are probably flowers in the garden… it reminded me of helping my mom with yard work when I was younger. I’ve honestly missed having access to a lawn to take care of… and I thought I hated having to take care of a lawn.

I now have a blister on my thumb from the rake, and sunburn on my right shoulder and arm, and my face is warm and likely sunburnt as well. I haven’t felt this good in a while, though… I loved messing with the dirt, uncovering plants, rescuing a portion of lawn that would have suffocated under rotting leaves. It was entirely satisfying, and it made me feel good.

Ask me to keep a plant alive inside, there would be no way in hell. Only living thing I can keep alive inside thus far is cats. Never tried goldfish, but somehow I don’t think I’d be that successful. But put me outside in a garden or a lawn, and suddenly all sorts of things that I learned from my mother all comes back to me, and I feel as though I almost know what I’m doing.

I told Belli that if she picks up some plants or bulbs for the yard, I’ll take care of them for her and show her how to play in an outside garden, since she said she doesn’t really know what to do with lawns and gardens.

I feel warm from the sun, and the sting of the sunburn is a welcome feeling after this endless cold winter. I feel good. Outside is wonderful.

I had a bath tonight with my last bath bomb. I watched most of Final Destination – good movie, but I couldn’t sit through it, since I can’t seem to ever watch creepy disturbing movies. I don’t like feeling creepy and disturbed. Still, there were some good effects, and it was a neat concept.

This is the first time I’ve been online all day. I still feel like I’m radiating heat.

I should get around to replying to emails and stuff. Maybe in a bit.

10 Comments

  • toosweet

    April 8, 2001 at 8:28 pm

    wanna clean mine…i’ll supply the tea and bbq

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      April 8, 2001 at 8:48 pm

      hehehe well, maybe if I’ve got company while I’m cleaning up the yard… that would be kinda nice…

      • toosweet

        April 8, 2001 at 8:57 pm

        ok…watch out i’ll take ya up on it…but don’t worry it will be a little while…got ta get a new fence up first

      • toosweet

        April 8, 2001 at 8:57 pm

        ok…watch out i’ll take ya up on it…but don’t worry it will be a little while…got ta get a new fence up first

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      April 8, 2001 at 8:48 pm

      hehehe well, maybe if I’ve got company while I’m cleaning up the yard… that would be kinda nice…

  • toosweet

    April 8, 2001 at 8:28 pm

    wanna clean mine…i’ll supply the tea and bbq

  • Anonymous

    April 8, 2001 at 8:41 pm

    I totally know what you mean about working in the garden. We’ve got a small yard out front of my house and the coolest thing about it is the smell of mud. It’s a small thing, but in this city I feel so detatched from anything that is remotely organic. I never feel bad when I can smell mud, I don’t know what it is. Spring totally rocks.
    It’s also funny how things like blisters and sunburn doesn’t bother me when I’ve done something to earn them. It’s like scars of honour or something. I’m in Kengsington market, so today was absolutely awesome. The street totally comes to life on days like this. Pretty people walkin everywhere with smiles on their faces… patios open, music playing.

    Days like this, it’s almost nice living in Toronto.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      April 8, 2001 at 8:48 pm

      mmm… I like living in Toronto (except when the snowbanks turn black) – I’m just north of the beaches. I heard the ice cream truck today. It was the most beautiful sound in the world.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      April 8, 2001 at 8:48 pm

      mmm… I like living in Toronto (except when the snowbanks turn black) – I’m just north of the beaches. I heard the ice cream truck today. It was the most beautiful sound in the world.

  • Anonymous

    April 8, 2001 at 8:41 pm

    I totally know what you mean about working in the garden. We’ve got a small yard out front of my house and the coolest thing about it is the smell of mud. It’s a small thing, but in this city I feel so detatched from anything that is remotely organic. I never feel bad when I can smell mud, I don’t know what it is. Spring totally rocks.
    It’s also funny how things like blisters and sunburn doesn’t bother me when I’ve done something to earn them. It’s like scars of honour or something. I’m in Kengsington market, so today was absolutely awesome. The street totally comes to life on days like this. Pretty people walkin everywhere with smiles on their faces… patios open, music playing.

    Days like this, it’s almost nice living in Toronto.