Offside, Winter! Misty Brooks March 20, 2014 Mystified OK, show of hands —who loved the snow last month? ME! I was glad to finally see a snow that actually turned everything white. I didn’t even mind the six (I didn’t have any articles laying by the door because I stayed inside!) pairs of wet boots, coats, gloves, scarves, and hats by the back door for three days. I didn’t mop the floor for a week afterward. What was the need? I’ve learned to embrace messes. We were also very thankful for our tractor-operating neighbors who cleared our private road and driveway. With that being said, I’m ready to see the last bit of snow melt, and move on with my life. I’ve already booked a few days at the beach this summer, and I’m in the process of planning a fun spring break for us. I need some warmer weather. I need some outdoor fun. I need ocean waves, swimming pools, and fresh vegetables from the garden. OhEmGee, if I don’t get my garden spot tilled this year, I will NOT be happy. If I have to get out there and till the ground myself then that’s what I will do. For me, the real first sign of spring is soccer. My children play soccer for the Danville Soccer Club and really enjoy it — except Corey. For the past few years I’ve made him play. He is a good soccer player, so it wasn’t like he endured torture while playing. This year he’ll be 14-years old, and I’m not going to make him play. I will make him attend though. He doesn’t get to stay home in the bed while the rest of us are at the field every Saturday morning at 8:30am. My children have tons of energy. I can’t think of a better way to exert that than by playing an organized sport. Aside from a few weeks of soccer, I’m also looking forward to getting back to the trail. I love to walk. Scott bought me a pretty bike last year that I hope will get to leave our neighborhood this year. Between bikes, scooters, and inline skates, the children and I all enjoy the trail in some way. The thing I despise the most about the warm weather is warm weather pests. Chiggers are little red spawns of Satan! We had more bouts with chiggers last summer than mosquitoes! (And don’t even get me started on the poison oak.) I spend a fair amount of money on bug repellent, and the total grows each year. But still, a few pesky pests aren’t going to ruin my fun. And maybe that much needed snow we had killed off a lot unwanted pests around here. Now, if only I can step up my workout routine, so I’ll be ready for beach attire in a few months!