Looking at my calendar I see that there’s less than one month until the start of Spring. Looking out my window, I see that almost all the snow we had three weeks ago is gone and the trees are showing buds. I also heard several flocks of Canadian Geese overhead during the last few days. We’ve had nicer than usual weather the last several days, giving us a teaser for the spring. Even preseason baseball practice has started. I’m thinking it’s going to be another long year for my Colorado Rockies but since the Kansas City Royals put together some excellent teams the last couple years, it has me thinking it’s possible. But hope springs with all the possibilities of the upcoming Spring.
Now that I’ve stabilized after the problems of the fall and the holiday season, I think that getting out of the apartment complex more is in order. There is a cool museum in one of the nearby towns that I haven’t been to for a few years. It’s called Pioneer Village. Pretty cool place with a lot of antique cars, toys, nick nacks, and a full scale 1880s frontier town in the complex. I think almost every school kid in Nebraska has made a field trip to this place. Pioneer Village is definitely a must for any visitor to Nebraska.
Another must is the bird migrations that go on in late February and March. Every spring thousands of Canadian Geese, Sandhills Cranes, and other migrating birds come. The fields along the Platte River, particularly along Interstate 80, are so covered with birds the fields are white with them. They are especially thick the first two weeks of March. Some places along the Platte River offer guided tours that draw bird watchers from all over the country. I probably won’t be paying for any tours. I’ll just go a few miles outside of town and check out any field near the river. Last year I was lucky enough to see several large flocks of geese take off. Mornings are usually best for viewing the migrating birds, but evenings are pretty good too.
I’m also planning on being at the family acreage this spring. I haven’t been there since late October. From what I heard the place wintered well. A mother cat had several kittens they made it through the winter. Dad is talking about building solar panels for the cabin. Since I’ve helped him build a couple cabins and renovate his rental house over the last several years, I’ll help him on this project. I got pretty decent at using power tools, saws, and wood working. But I never got very good with electrical work. This may be a chance to pick that skill up.
I’m going to exercise outdoors as the weather warms. I’ve been limited to walking indoors and arm weights three times a week since late November. Haven’t gained any weight in the last month, so I’ve stopped the weight gain. Now the weather is going to warm soon I’ll start losing again. I should have known that losing weight last winter wasn’t normal unless you have good exercise equipment at home. Yesterday was the first time I exercised outdoors for any real length in a month. That large blizzard we had at the beginning of the month is mostly melted. I’m looking forward to the start of spring. I won’t be sorry when the winter ends.