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By Lia Blanchard

Millions of Americans will acknowledge the coming of spring this weekend by keeping busy and having fun.

St. Patrick’s Day festivities

Wearing green and heading to a parade is something that thousands folks will do this weekend. Some will also cook corned beef and potatoes, maybe going so far as to add a little green food dye. The deep green of the shamrocks and the smiles of leaping leprechauns fit right in with the joyful anticipation of spring. With a little Irish luck, it’s only a few weeks away!

Outdoor work

Pruning, planting, and preparing the vegetable garden will keep many of us busy this weekend as well. Depending on where you live, you might be pruning roses, planting summer bulbs, or fertilizing and feeding soil. It’s also a great time to lay the groundwork for any summer projects you’re planning this year.

Those once-or-twice-a-year chores

You know – the ones we were always told should be done when change the clocks. If you didn’t get to them last weekend… it’s ok!

  • Bring out the patio furniture, garden hoses, etc
  • Prep the gardening tools for use – lawn mower, weed eater, etc
  • Clean out gutters
  • Remove storm doors and windows
  • Inspect roof and basement for leaks and seepage
  • Clean out the dryer hose and wash the lint screen
  • Review emergency supplies and rotate or replenish food, water, medicine, batteries
  • Clean the fireplace
  • Go through your medicine cabinet and dispose of outdated medications
  • Test/replace the batteries in smoke/carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check your fire extinguisher
  • Review your household fire escape plan and have a practice fire drill
  • Flip the mattresses
  • Clean the oven
  • Check and replenish your car’s fluids and air

Taxes

They are due in a month. ‘Nuff said.

What do you do at this time of year, when spring is right around the corner?

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