It’s Fixin’ To Be Spring

It’s funny how spring brings out the desire to ‘fix’ things. I moved into my home a few years ago. It was February. The yard was a nice size, but not landscaped. As March blew in I was drawn to the local nurseries. I soon had flower beds planted, but nowhere to sit and view them.

The snows of winter gave me time to dream about a backyard deck to sit on and enjoy the flowers. The ground thawed and the flowers bloomed. My friend and I built a deck. It had a hot tub. What joy, but while sitting in the hot tub our conversations turned to relaxing, visiting, and eating outside. It was only talk. We didn’t do any of those things very often because there was no shade.

Fall turned to winter with many an evening spent in the hot tub discussing a covered patio for protection from the sun. Plans were made. The more we talked, the bigger the plans became. They grew and grew. The simple patio went from a screened-in-porch to an ambitious sun room. Could we do it? It was spring. We had to try.

Another winter has come and gone. I don’t have a thing on my ‘fixin’ list this year. I’m finally going to get to just sit and enjoy a snack or a glass of lemon-aid with my friend in my sun room while we listen to the birds, watch the squirrels steal apples from my tree, and take in the scent of my beautiful spring flowers. I hope I can pull myself away long enough to write! 



Perfect Lemonade







1.  Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Completely dissolve sugar. 

2.  Extract the juice from 5- 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

3.  Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water.  Refrigerate. 

 Serves 6.

 Rita2Over 35 years in the field of education have given Rita Durrett inside and knowledge about American families, their inner turmoil, instability and resilient structure. Living in the midwest has exposed Rita to individuals as unique and inspirational as the land they come from. Bits and pieces of each of these myriad of personalities help her to create memorable characters that come alive on the page and grab at your heartstrings. She blogs at She is the mother of two sons and the grandmother to four young boys. She belongs to a cat named Mousey and has two big attack dogs that might lick an intruder to death, but she admits, wouldn’t bite unless someone was getting between them and their food. 
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