Just one day of sun

By Dan Dunkle | May 08, 2017
Samantha helps out.

Sunday it was sunny just long enough for us to tend to the yard. The lawn had already grown lengthy and we had some leaves and sticks to pick up.

The kids helped in the work, and it reminded me of spring in my childhood when we would all go out in the yard back in Hampden and clean up.

My rhubarb is coming in nicely and soon I will be able to make an annual strawberry-rhubarb pie.

The rain seems to be never ceasing other than that one fleeting day of summer. It reminds me of this show they had when I was a kid based on the stories of Ray Bradbury. There was this girl who lived on Venus where it rains every day but one, and on that one the other rotten kids locked her in a closet so she missed it. I'm guessing from the story that Bradbury wasn't the most popular kid in school.

Anyway, I notice that my energy suddenly perks up every time the sun comes out, so I am hopeful for the coming months.

Still haven't planted anything in the garden and may wait until it's not going to be waterlogged. My plan for this year is lettuce, peas, cukes, tomatoes (of course), sunflowers and chives. Maybe some kind of green onion.

Advice is always welcome.

Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, two children and two cats. Email him your questions and memories of the Rockland area at ddunkle@villagesoup.com or snail mail: 91 Camden St., Suite 403, Rockland, ME 04841. Follow him on Twitter @DanDunkle.

It's a lot easier getting work done around the house with the help of a 16-year-old's strong back. Here's Wes on raking detail.
Wes and I were sitting on the steps at the end of our work, just taking a break before going in and getting cleaned up. So here comes Samantha outside with Wesley's horse head mask and strikes this Tron victory pose.
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