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Updated: April 23, 2014 7:47PM



Several days ago, it was beautiful, sunny and warm ... no jackets needed.

The air carried that unmistakable scent of spring — green growth and warm earth. However, as I write this, we all awoke this morning to the dastardly sight of ice and snow. Big bummer!

These past few months will go down as the winter that just won’t end. At a recent gathering, the big topic of conversation was what everyone would do once the weather finally broke and spring arrived.

While I’m still hobbling around in a full leg brace, recovering from my broken leg, things are healing just enough to make me want to get out into my gardens. That might prove to be slightly problematic this season but I’m very resourceful and, while it might not be Better Homes and Gardens worthy, I will have flowers in my yard.

The other thing I look forward to doing in the warm days to come is walking the neighborhood with Issy the Terrible, my dog. On warm days, she stares longingly, head stretching out of the wrought iron gate as far as it will reach. Though I’m still limping along, hope springs eternal, so Issy and I will start with mini walks as soon as the weather permits.

So what are you itching to do as soon as “real” spring finally arrives?

Carly Balas, Schererville: Oh, my gosh, the kids have been frothing at the mouth to go outside and play. We moved into our new home last November and then the weather turned bad. There’s a park right down the street where they can run and swing; play ball and shout at the top of their lungs. That would be so wonderful for them and it would be heaven for me to have them out of the house for a change.

Henry Kennedy, Griffith: I’m itching to get my vegetable garden planted — tomatoes, pepper, beans and zucchini and onions. But considering what we’ve been through, I just don’t trust Mother Nature yet. My wife does all the planting of the flowers so the house looks real pretty and we look forward to fresh veggies for the dinner table. Waiting has been hard this year.

Kerry Owens, Merrillville: Nothing’s better than going to the beach and feeling that hot sun warming you down to your bones. Play ball in the sand with friends, listen to the radio and just hang out. That’s what I’m looking forward to but I think I have a couple more months to wait.

Sheila Norbit, Schererville: We remodeled the outside of our home last fall and were hoping to get the new landscaping in by the end of April. Heck, we haven’t even been able to get a shovel in the ground because it’s still frozen in spots. I’m really looking forward to getting that done and being able to enjoy how it will look.

Kevin Scott, Crown Point: I’m a runner but I moved inside to a track at the high school when the weather turned so bad. For me, running outside again is my biggest treat this spring.



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