Daylight Savings Time. Love it that it will be light later in the evening, hate losing an hour. It was a tough weekend to do it. The kids left this morning for a visit to Florida to see their paternal grandparents. They had to be on the road by 6:30 to make it to the bus station in Rockford in time for their bus to O’Hare. Since we were up late and fairly wound up before we went to bed, losing an hour seemed especially hard. But they got up, got on their way and are now in Florida, enjoying the warm weather I hope!
It’s actually a nice day here in Wisconsin, currently just over 60 degrees. This afternoon I went out to look at the yard and the garden beds. Crocuses, tulips and daffodils are poking up through the ground. I turned the compost pile, emptied my compost bucket and the small bin of compost I keep on the back porch for when it is too snowy or yucky to get to the pile. I raked a bit, and pulled some weeds– I have a few pernicious weeds that I have trouble getting rid of, so thought it best to start right in. I’m not even sure what they are, but I am determined to eradicate them this year. I think I’ve finally defeated the garlic mustard– that was an epic battle. The seeds arrive in our yard via the dog– he must have gotten them on his fur at the dog park here in town, there is plenty there. It first appeared in an area he liked to hang out in so I blame him. I keep on it, and every year there is a little less. Last year I really got at it right away, and so far I don’t see it. Probably wishful thinking– it’s very persistent.
It was pleasant to be outside and working in the garden. Church was lovely this morning. One of our parish families was baptizing their 9th child after Mass, it was lovely to see all 9 kids there. The Gospel reading was the Woman at the Well from the Gospel of John, I always like it. Instead of Fr. David preaching a sermon we listened to a recorded homily from the Bishop for our Annual Catholic Appeal. It’s an important thing, the appeal, since much of the money the Diocese needs for its work is collected through it, but they take a rather heavy-handed approach to it, I don’t think people like it. I guess it must work, they’ve been doing it this way for several years now. Still, I can’t help but wonder if another method would work.