Wednesday, April 21, 2010

It's all about the ambiance

This is such a pretty time of year around my area of the world. All the spring flowers are in bloom, flowering trees are in full bud, the tulips and daffodils are out. The grass is starting to green up and the leaves are beginning to appear on the huge maple and oak trees. People are out working in their yards, setting out potted plants and flowers. Bushes are starting to fill in.

The weather is just stunning. It's been warm enough to be outside to have BBQs, to relax on a porch swing, to do yard work, or to just take a walk. it's not too hot nor too cold. the sky is the purest of blue and the clouds seem to be at peak fluffiness, not weighed down by humidity.

Spring is fully and completely here. I love this time of year.... except for one stupid thing.

The town I live in has a "town clean up" week. They announce it a few weeks ahead of time so people can get ready. What this means is that on a pre- arranged week, folks can put junk in the yard that the city garbage men will haul away for free. The city does this twice a year (well at least twice, maybe 3 or 4 times). One time they do it is next week. So while one is driving around town enjoying all that spring has to offer, we can also indulge in seeing piles of junk at the curb.

I think it's a shame that the city does it now. It's just a gorgeous time a year, we could even have a spring festival of flowers, but instead of just driving past the historic homes to see the yards and the garden starts, we can also enjoy broken furniture, lumber, and other delightful junk. I hate that. And it looks so hillbilly- redneck. It's also all over town! Broken baby beds, stained mattresses, a toilet, ruined carpets, ugly couches... and this stuff gets piled up weeks in advance so it sits out all the time.

Just another "delightful" sign of spring.............



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Bragger said...

Send me some tulips! Or perhaps some pictures of tulips.

Jimmie Earl said...

A great entertainment value of all the junk is watching people stop while driving by and dig through all the stuff. What people consider worth salvaging is amazing. I can remember throwing a pair of old shoes that had gotten damp in the yard, and left in the garage and molded. I put them out for the trash pickup and some guy stopped, dug them out, sat down on the curb in front of my house and tried them on. They must have fit fine because he wore them as he drove away!!!
So, I guess it's really true that one man's trash is another man's treasure! But it's still UGLY!

Curley said...

Considering what they charge to take things to the city dump, I think this is a great service. So instead of having the junk lie around everybody's yard all year, it's only there twice a year. But yes, it does look ugly for a while.

Birgit said...

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D-nice said...

remember what fun it was though at "The Chet" when all the boys would gather "stuff" for the spring softball game. If you were not so lucky a boyfriend might even get a "new" couch!