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Mon Mar 13, 2006 Miss Vicky 

With the warmer weather and rain we've had the last few days, I'm starting to get that twinge of excitement about the upcoming season. As we took our morning stroll through the 'hood today, we could really see a difference in the levels of snow - or rather, the muddy, icy, salty substance that passes for snow in March. Bits of grass were peeking out on the edges, and layers of litter and winter grime are in the process of being revealed. It's not a pretty time of year, to be sure. And although I am anxious to get my hands in the dirt and start gardening again, I know full well what waits for me underneath the grey stuff in my front and back yard. A season's worth of German Shepherd, not to mention the leaves, weeds and remnants of last year's perennials that I didn't quite get to in the fall.

But my yard is not the only place that will need a serious spring cleaning. Our public spaces also suffer during the winter season: salt and grit build up, along with litter, cigarette butts, and other urban flotsam. Parks, vacant lots, roadsides and sidewalks will all need some TLC in the coming months. Fortunately, the city provides support for those wishing to pitch in: the annual Spring Cleaning the Capital starts on April 14 and runs for a month. Groups are encouraged to register their cleanup projects, and you can even get the city to provide some supplies.

Miss Vicky is considering sponsoring her own cleanup event this year. Any ideas for locations?

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peabody Mar 13, 2006 09:23 PM said:

Ah, and one must not forget the lovely smells associated with the thaw.. One of my neighbours decided to drive a wheel of his car across my front lawn and left a deep tire track impression in the very soft ground. The muck it left behind smells so fine :P

Miss Vicky Mar 13, 2006 09:57 PM said:

oh, so true. I admit, I kind of like the smell of spring. Just not the smell of spring in a backyard housing a huge German Shepherd dog!

liss76 Mar 14, 2006 08:53 AM said:

I took #1 and #2 on a walk around the neighbourhood Sunday night and #1 invented a game that involved spotting dog poop and then screaming, "DOG POOP!" as loudly as possible.

Let's just say that it was a rather noisy walk.. ;o)

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