1. I went to the car wash this week & blasted a whole lot of winter salt & spring mud away. Afterward, I got a much needed oil change. I learned that there's a nail in one of my back tires. It doesn't appear to be leaking, though, so they left it. My back window wiper arm is broken, and a chunk of frozen snow this winter partially tore off a front mud flap.
2. Our local library sits right along the river and is full of coziness. I've been stopping by to look for the third book in a series I'm reading.. I read the first book not knowing it was part of a series. I don't love it enough to want to buy the other books, but I have to finish the series to find out what happens, so I checked out the 2nd, and am waiting on the third to become available.
When I stopped there this week, I parked right next to a Harley Davidson. It made my day to think of someone carrying a book bag to the library on a Harley (in northern MN spring weather, no less!)
3. I rarely shop retail stores for more than household necessities. (Toothpaste, and that kind of stuff.)
I'm a thrift-store regular. When it comes to venturing out of the woods, thrift stores are my happy place.
I hear there's a rap song called "Thrift Shop" and find it absolutely repulsive.
I've scooped up some good finds lately, and will have to share them soon. Perhaps
no one cares, but to me, sharing is half the fun. Or maybe just a third..
first there is the thrill of the find, then the enjoyment of putting it
4. I'm also an all-time religious recycler.
We take our
recycling to our nearby town, where a recycling company sets up in the
corner of a grocery store parking lot twice a week. (I did this Wednesday, when I hit up the library & car wash & oil change & thrift stores.) These familiar
recycling workers are out there rain, snow, icy wind, or shine, year round. Kind
of like stranger-friends. They're friendly, and always help me with
unloading my recyclables. Recycling day always leaves me with a feel-good kind of feeling.
5. It's been chilly, still below freezing every night. The snow hasn't been melting as fast this week as it was last week. Which is ok, giving the ground a chance to catch up with absorbing & running all the water away. The kids reveled in puddles for a few days & have gotten their bikes down from winter storage.
The photos below were taken in March last year.
We've yet to see or hear frogs, maple blossoms, or green buds this April.
The pond is still frozen and the yard is still in full snow cover.
I did spy some unreachable pussy willows the other day, though.
In following along with the rest of the world this past month, I've decided northern Minnesota feels likes it's the last place on Earth to green up in the Spring. So much blossoming & bright color being shared from everywhere else! ☺
Sharing with Random Five Friday.