I must say that today was the perfect spring day. It started out a little cloudy, but by noon was beginning to clear. Once the clouds were gone, the temperature shot up from the low 50's to the low 70's. Lovely.
We spent about 3 hours out in the back yard this afternoon clearing away more old growth out of the garden and removing some of the mulch around the cold hardy plants. Our plants are going to be crazy big this year. We're beside ourselves with anticipation. Of course, the dogs joined us out back. Louis plopped down in the middle of the lawn and enjoyed the sunshine. He warms up nicely since he's black and just lays there looking all blissed out. Claire went between lying on the patio in the full sun to lying next to the shed in the shed chewing on sticks. She's our wood chipper. Dogs have it rough at our house. Being cute is a full time job I guess.
After the garden we cleaned off the patio and put got our patio furniture out of winter storage. Then we did an amazing thing. We used the the chaise lounges. To most folks, this wouldn't be much of an accomplishment, but we bought the darn things two years ago and have kept ourselves so busy in the back yard we just haven't used them. Today though, we each soaked up the sun for about 15 minutes. Sweet. Curt got just the slightest sun burn on his bald head. I got a little color on my cheeks. Radiant.
After that, Curt took off for a walk, while I prepared soup. Not just any soup, but a soup recipe from the Cheesecake Maven called Upstate Minestrone Soup. I was attracted to the recipe because it has meatballs. I'm a meatball guy, what can I say? Curt was a little whiny about one of the ingredients- cabbage- until he tasted the soup. YUMMMMMMYYYYYY! Thanks mucho, Maven.
After dinner, we took the pooches for a long walk, stopped to visit with neighbor Judy and headed home. A lovely Sunday indeed.