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Anticipating spring

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By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

What’s a good activity to do when it’s too cold to get out for the fun things done in warmer weather?

Beside the traditional admonition to get a good book and curl up the fireplace, I have a couple of other suggestions. The thing I like to do is to plan for the fun times. I got a chance to go through the biking and hiking supply place and found a good book for bike routes. The next day I walked through the hunting and fishing store to get supplies and spruce up my tackle box.

These activities help bridge the gap between winter and spring and offer a welcome respite from the gloom of winter. Just thinking about where you can go if the weather was warmer seems to cheer me up and give direction for the upcoming months.

I can think about where I might be biking or hiking and suddenly it’s not so cold anymore. So drag out those seed catalogs and start making a mental picture of the gardening spots and soon it will be 80 degrees again. How about a nice row of tall golden sunflowers and maybe a couple of rows of multicolored zinnias flanking them?

You can start composting your table scraps by putting them in a garbage can with a few holes poked in the sides and by spring you’ll have fertilizer for an organic garden spot. Throw some Ammonium nitrate on the leaf piles to help them decompose to add to the mix.

See how quickly the cold weather faces when your mind is full of fun activities.

Editor’s Note: George Robertson is a physician with Family Medical Associates, PC, in Lebanon.

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