Yes, spring has sprung for us here in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing an end to the grey days and wintery chills. The season is traditionally the time for green shoots bursting from bare branches, spring racing carnivals, picnics, lambs gambolling through lush paddocks and… um, juicy lamb chops.
But to me spring also means: ducking for cover from anxious mother magpies, the last of those lovely pink magnolias, the first of the mozzies, long walks on the beach before it gets too crowded, cupcakes with butter frosting, daylight after 7pm, more time just to potter, feasting upon new season strawberries and asparagus and wearing my jaunty new clogs.
Spring somehow gives me energy. For some reason, all those irritating tasks that are just too hard to contemplate when it’s cold and wet and there are blankets to snuggle in and endless hot chocolate to inhale suddenly seem urgent and do-able.
So this weekend I will cast off the doona and tackle the grim Mt Everest of mending that is threatening to take over my kitchen table, sort out the linen closet (ugh), wade through the mess of photos and folders choking my laptop and plan a holiday.
Clear the cobwebs for a fresh start I say!
And while I’m at it, I may as well cast a critical eye over body and mind. We all know that keeping fit and healthy is important – but if you’re anything like me, running on a treadmill is a self-imposed torture. Frankly I would rather stick pins in my eyes. So this season, I’ve decided to focus on my neurons – and after much deliberation, I’ve come up with a gruelling regime that will be tough, tough, tough. I’ve resolved to include at LEAST half an hour of puzzles every single day – and maybe even a whole hour. No ifs, no buts [cough].
The treadmill will simply have to wait - but oh will my brain be buff!
Scientists have been saying for a while now that there is a direct link between exercising your grey matter and developing increased mental ability – with the added bonus of greatly reducing your chances of acquiring a degenerative brain disease like Alzheimer’s. So why not join me and ramp up your puzzle-cising?
And if anyone DARE question while you are solving puzzles all day instead of ironing or washing up tell them you are in training for a marathon of minds. Then click your mouse snippily and fire Cryptic Crossword clues at them until they run away scared and intimidated (but secretly impressed).
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PPS: What does spring mean to you?
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