I always find it amazing what one can accomplish just a little at a time. I was able to clear old brush, stubble, and leaves from an entire section of the fence and deck yesterday afternoon. The area by the fence is a priority since it can grow quickly, making it difficult (if not impossible) to clear. Just the aroma of dirt and wet leaves (both in the soil and then sweeping leaves from the deck) made spring very real. The rest of the family are highly allergic to leaf mold so I'm the only one who appreciates the aroma. :)
Some of the daffodils are ready to bloom. Their early appearance (along with the crocus which bloomed earlier in the week) always surprises me. I am blessed with enough daffodils in the yard that the lovely yellow blossoms are able to be cut for bouquets inside and plenty left to enjoy out the kitchen window. By next weekend, there should be lots of blooms.
I am physically weak from so much sofa time this winter but I look at the gardening as free physical therapy. Very soon I'll be able to start walking at least a few times a week on the bicycle trail.
Yes... I do agree with the comments about the first Mitford book. I think you can tell it was Jan Karon's first book and she definitely got better with the second book. It reminds me a lot of the Joel Rosenberg series I enjoy so much. His first book (The Last Jihad) was rather difficult to slug through but he became better with every book in the series. By his third book (The Ezekiel Option), he had really come a long way.
I also think I like the Mitford series better once he meets Cynthia and especially after they are married. My least favorite of all the books is A New Song, where they take a short term position elsewhere. Not that it isn't a good book, for it is a good read. I just thought it confused the flow of the novels. I love Shepherds Abiding, it has such a great Christmas message. I've recommended it to people who didn't want to read all the Mitford books and as a gift for someone who hadn't read the other books.
I can see where Jan Karon was influenced by the Miss Read books. So many of us read Miss Read after Jan Karon recommended them that many were put back in print.
Today will find me in the yard off and on. Christopher and two friends are driving back from Florida so I'll be praying a lot! He's had a relaxing week, just what he needed before finishing a difficult semester. I know he'll appreciate memories made this week, especially if he's working an internship and not able to get away during spring break again.
Now... back to the gotta do's of the day.