CHRISTIE MCNEAL: Spring – It's the time of year when so many things are changing

By Christie McNeal/NEMS Daily Journal

Spring. It’s the time of year when so many things are changing. Trees and flowers are blooming; daylight saving has given us longer days; it’s getting warmer.
I don’t know what it is, but this time of year always seems to motivate me. I am known to come up with all kinds of new things to try – workout plans, new recipes, things I want to fix or update in the house or the yard. I also get big plans to clean – the house, the dogs, the cars – anything I can get my hands on.
Maybe part of this motivation comes from the good mood exuding from my husband and all the other teachers and students and even parents out there who have the joy of escaping reality for a week to enjoy spring break. I know my husband starts looking forward to his break about a month before, and the mood continues for the rest of the school year because he knows the end – summer – is near.
This year, I was lucky enough to be able to take a few days off and join my husband for the last part of the break. I can’t wait for some relaxation and sunshine, but it makes me somewhat want to be a student again, able to look forward to such long breaks throughout the year.
However, I probably won’t be able to stop myself from using some of my time off to plot all my ideas and plans for the new season.
I recently started attending water aerobics classes at the city pool and found it to be fun, relaxing and refreshing. My plan is to stick with it and also occasionally swim laps to get back in shape and lose some of the many pounds I have packed on since college. I also hope to take advantage of the comfortable spring temperatures and get out and walk my dogs more often.
I have been stocking up on (mainly) healthy recipes I found on Pinterest for months now and plan to finally put some of these to the test. I actually made one recipe the other day – sugar free, flourless peanut butter cookies. I know they sound interesting, but my husband and I thought they were pretty delicious. Apparently my dog, Abbie, found them delicious as well, though, because I left them on the counter, and she finished them off. Hopefully I learned my lesson, and we can enjoy my future creations for more than just a taste.
Recently, my parents decided to upgrade their furniture, so my husband and I gladly offered to take their old furniture off their hands. With our “new” leather furniture in place, I have decided to do some redecorating. I found inspiration (on Pinterest, of course) and plan to paint several pieces of furniture and make some new art pieces for the walls. My husband’s only reaction to this? “Don’t get paint on the deck!” So much for encouragement!
I also have big plans to do some deep spring cleaning, but to be honest, I will probably only get through about half of these projects. I usually get in the middle of a not-so-fun-cleaning project and find something more fun to do.
But, hey, it’s just spring, and I can save that until the summer!
Christie McNeal is a copy editor at the Daily Journal. Contact her at

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