Getting ready. Spring has finally sprung!

The throw pillows that came with the set are dinky and need to be replaced, but otherwise, we love our   new patio furniture.

The throw pillows that came with the set are dinky and need to be replaced, but otherwise, we love our new patio furniture.

Spring might have officially begun on March 20, but the weather did not cooperate with the calendar. But now, mid-April, in my neck of the world, things are warming up. The temperature has warmed into the 70s (about 23 C), the grass has greened, the trees are budding, and the birds are singing again.

Last week for the first time this year I wore shorts!

I’ve begun “summerizing” the house. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I used the last of the firewood that was stacked on the patio and did not replace it. I cleaned out the fireplace for the last time. The windows are open to draw in fresh air. The central heat is off and the air conditioner has yet to be turned on.

The yard has been sprayed for weeds, sprinklers will soon come on, windows will be washed.

And I bought new patio furniture.

In the evening after I’ve quit writing and before dinner, my husband and I like to sit on the patio with a glass of wine, catch up on the day’s activities and take in the outdoors. For the first time ever we have a house that faces in the “right” direction enabling us to comfortably enjoy the patio any time of day. In other houses, our patios/decks faced west, which meant we received full and direct sun during the late afternoon/early evening when we most wanted to sit outside.

So, we greatly appreciate the usability of the current one.

We used to have two cushioned wooden Adirondack chairs, but during the winter, my husband accidentally dropped a log on the arm of one of them and broke it. So we were down to a single chair – and we’d had no place for guests to sit unless we bought out folding chairs.

So I invested in a “conversation set” composed of a loveseat, two chairs, and a coffee table.

We took the set for a test drive over the weekend. We pronounced it good.

Next up: a replacement barbecue.

What do you do to prepare for spring and summer?

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10 Responses to Getting ready. Spring has finally sprung!

  1. I love the idea of having a glass of wine on the patio at the end of the work day.

    At my old house, we were so close to the neighbors (physically, not emotionally) that sitting outside felt like being on display. This year, with the move to my parents’ house in the woods with it’s big deck and patio, I’m pretty excited…except for the snow we got yesterday.

    Happy Spring!

  2. Tara Finnegan says:

    I envy you your 70 degrees and glass of wine on the patio. Enjoy 😀

  3. Rhonda Ralston Griffith says:

    Spring is my favorite time of the year. Not too hot, not too cold. I love seeing the trees bud, the bluebonnets on the side of the road, really just everything about Spring I love. We just moved 20 miles out in the Hill country of Texas from right in the middle of town. So this Spring, we are loving sittin outside on our deck, no wine for us, just a nice cold beer, watchin the deer and birds and just enjoying the country way of livin.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Wildlife always adds to the experience! Unless it’s a bear on your porch. Then, not so much. Sounds like you have a very nice setting.

  4. Cross my fingers! The weather in England is changeable at best – but I do put the patio chairs and BBQ out and hope to be able to use them 🙂

  5. S.J. Maylee says:

    We’re not yet averaging in the 70s, but it is in the 50s here. So nice. Our back deck faces east. So, we have lots of dinners out there. I cannot wait.
    Spring always feels like a fresh start. Love that feeling.
    Your new furniture looks so nice. *cheers* 🙂

    • Cara Bristol says:

      We don’t eat outside much–too many bugs. That’s one reason why I bought the “conversation group” v. table and chairs. We do have fans overhead and I plan to get some candle lanterns and citronella candles.

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