Hammertime: What will spring bring us, when it makes it here

Looking at the potential of spring, when it shows up, in this week’s Hammertime

As we all bravely go about our way and look forward to what the last two months of winter 2019 may bring our way, we can be totally confident that some things will always be for sure, while the rest can be an exciting and hopeful adventure of let’s just wait and see.

Although the month of February will quite often find us in a deep freeze, it is a short month, and with Valentine’s Day right in the middle to set the mood we can always snuggle up and have a blast with our favourite mates, family and friends. Many have very faithfully followed those New Year’s exercise vows, and are surely already making lots of plans to put their ‘green thumbs’ into spring gear as well as looking forward to all those long and hot lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer outside in the sun and sand.

No matter what age we may be one can always bet on the fact that no matter what the sleepy old groundhog might predict and once the ice and snow melts away one can really be optimistic, upbeat, and start looking forward to those often wet and slushy but totally refreshing signs of spring. Likely somewhere after the Ides of March have had their wicked ways we can start looking forward to the noisy return of all the spring birds and beasties, nature’s grand transformation from boring brown to glorious green, and the bursting forth of the buds on the trees and our favourite flowers and plants that have been resting under the frost in our little backyard kingdoms. It won’t be too long before those bulky winter clothes and boots can be tucked away into the back of the closet, the new spring fashions will appear in a burst of colour and flair, and the sports buffs of all ages can start polishing up the golf clubs and digging their ball gloves, tennis rackets, soccer and footballs, and all the rest out of the big trunk in the garage or shed.

Also what will soon be front and centre here in Alberta and throughout our nation it is a for sure that our beleaguered political leaders and their parties have presented us all with our fat income tax packages they will soon be rising from their plush chairs and calling for a spring election at both the provincial and federal level. So here we go again and can now look forward to several months of promises, perks, and powerful party campaigns from a bevy of candidates from all walks of life who will come knocking at our doors in a gung-ho effort and opportunity to lead us into the future for the next four years or so. This time around, due to the very tough and precarious economic state of our province and the whole nation our decision at the polls will certainly be a vital one and every eligible voter has the right and needs to get involved in the vital process of free choice to pick our future leaders.

Now let’s have a little fun

Some true confessions of getting older:

• Last week my doctor recommended low-impact exercise. When I got home I asked myself what could be more low impact than a good brisk nap?

• Lately I have found that anytime I put something away in a safe place, I never see it again. But what the heck, I know it’s safe and it may just turn up someday.

• I have heard so many people say that everything gets better with age. Then I asked myself, have you ever taken a good look at a banana?

• When I was young I thought that I could conquer the world, but nowadays putting my socks and shorts on by myself is a major accomplishment.

• Some say that wrinkles are just laugh lines. Apparently yours truly has lived a very funny life.

• On some days I start thinking that each one of my body parts has its own doctor.

• They claim that our memory gets worse with age. That is why when we have family and friends over for dinner I am going to ask them to wear name tags.

• I sure hope that my ship comes in soon because my dock is starting to collapse.

By the way I am not just referring to myself in these humorous little antidotes that the Hammer loves to share, because after all, it could eventually happen to most of us…but the what heck, along the way, let’s just keep having some fun and hanging out with family and friends. Have a great week, all of you.

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