Well, summer is sort of here, and if Memorial Day weekend is any barometer as to what we can expect for the next three months, it's going to be very sunny and very hot.
I will not, not even for one second, complain about the beautiful weather we've had for the past week or so because I swore I would not.
We just got out of a stretch of weather that can only be described as apocalyptic. Well, that may be overstating it a bit, but there is no way that much snow and that much rain can fall without some biblical explanation.
We have begged for sunshine since September, and now that it is here, all the outside things that have been in planning mode since the last time you raked your yard can now begin.
Now that the weather has broken, people are getting outside and planting their bushes, flowers, trees and assorted other ivys and plant-life. It's time to mulch those flower beds, trim up those bushes and time to figure out what happened over the winter that has caused your once functioning lawn mower to completely stop working for no viable reason.
There is something almost melodic at this time of year as you listen to the outside world on clear warm evenings. The hum of lawn equipment buzzing throughout the neighborhood, crickets and birds chirping away, and people just outside talking, laughing and playing.
The world, without trying to be cliche, is coming alive once again.
And with that comes the promise of new projects and household upkeep chores that have been planned on and discussed since football season.
A harsher-than-I-expected winter means that there will be some painting done in my future. Wooden areas around doors and windows have begun to crack just a bit, and that means that ''Mr. Afraid-of-heights'' is going to have to get on a ladder and do some scraping and painting.
That's not too bad, and neither is the work that must be done on the front porch, but my big project that I am going to start any day now is the addition of a patio to my backyard.
The decision to add this to our house and yard was easy since my backyard is mostly clover, dandelions and other assorted items that pop up randomly that I have never seen before.
I also don't really like mowing all that much, and taking out a chunk of grass in the process of making my backyard a little more appealing is OK with me.
Now, to understand the serious nature of this project you must understand one thing: I almost failed woodshop.
The main reason I did not fail was because the teacher didn't want me to be in the class again, which he told me.
As a ''man of the written word,'' I am more wired to deep thought, imagination and general air-headedness, so the belief that I can pull off the task of constructing something useful and visually appealing is a leap of faith.
So, why do I try?
Wouldn't it just be easier to mow over the clover and myriad of bees every week and enjoy the indoors?
Yes, it would be easier, but I have never done anything like this before and would like to give it a go.
We aren't talking about a massive structure that is going to be added to the existing house, complete with hot tub, tiki bar and central air. It's a basic brick patio where we can sit out at night, have a small bonfire and enjoy the few months of good weather northeastern Ohio has.
I won't bore my reader(s) with a description of what needs done or how I'm going to get it done. My guess is with good instruction, a little cursing and a lot of prayer.
I do this because I want to see that I can. I want to leave the house someday with a stamp on it that says that it was once mine and that I, and my family, made it a better place than we found it.
That's a good lesson for everyday life.
Leave every place you go, live, work and play a better place than it was before you arrived.
So, here's to summer, projects and the warmth of summer because ... winter will be back!