Daylight Savings Time & Spring

daylight saving timeI’m not sure that I’ve gotten over the switch to Daylight Savings time, and that was almost two weeks ago.  It’s just a little darker in the mornings and the tradeoff is an hour of sunlight that’s still around after work.  However, no matter how much I tell myself that I’ve adjusted, I’m pretty sure that isn’t the truth.  There was extra coffee, a nap (or possibly 2) and walking in the sunshine, and none of that really made a difference.  Terrible, I know.

I thought that when Spring began, my misgivings with Daylight Savings time would be over.   Then, yesterday was the first day of Spring.  I don’t think I should have been surprised to wake up to fresh snow and a chilly wind.  We are, after all, in Canada.  It could possibly be true that our 4 seasons are almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.  Mother Nature will do what she wants to do, regardless of what a groundhog has said at the beginning of February (that’s just for fun, anyways).  I should stop thinking about hibernating when I wake up every morning.  Time to get going.

spring cleaning

Still, I’m not sure that it’s time for spring cleaning. After all, my car was clean as could be as of last Sunday and now it’s almost as dirty as before.  There’s no way I’m going to advocate putting away the winter blankets just yet.  But I am thinking that maybe my adjustment, or lack thereof, to Daylight Savings time could be a bit of the winter blues. In that case, cleaning is key.  Out with the old and in with the new.  Wait, I think that’s New Years.  I could be slightly confused.  Still, there are things that could be done.

  1. Turn up some really good music.  I don’t think that cleaning should happen without a little bit of dancing, which should happen like no one is watching.
  2. Make sure you have good cleaning supplies.  I know that I have an overactive imagination, but old smelly sponges scare me.  I can envision the spreading of germs happening.  No supplies?  Time to make a list and get shopping.
  3. Clean the windows.  I don’t know about you, but I want all the sun to come inside and not get deflected by dust and whatever else is on the window. I’m a big fan of water and vinegar.  Gloves are essential.
  4. Organize your closet.  If you have winter clothes that you haven’t worn all winter, chances are that you aren’t going to. Donate them now before you have to store them only to pull them out again next winter for no good reason.  While you’re at the windows, wash the curtains and blinds. There’s nothing worse than cleaning something only to have it inadvertently “contaminated” by something dirty.
  5. Make sure that you have good batteries in your smoke detector.  I’m not sure why I think this goes with spring cleaning, but it can’t hurt.  The same goes for cleaning the fridge. If it looks like it could benefit a good clean, you probably shouldn’t fight it.  Besides, it’ll make the food look more appealing when you to go cook.

Good luck in the battle with the dust bunnies and here’s to hoping that the real Spring weather is right around the corner. After all I hit a really big pothole yesterday.  Road work season has to be right around the corner.


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