Ray's musings and humor

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’

Robin Williams

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My two favorite times of the year are Spring and Fall. Spring awakens in me an appreciation of the beauty of my surroundings here in Indiana. The warmth, the colors of the landscape and the seasonal smells that surround us when we venture out both inspire and motivate us to join in the new beginning.

This past winter has slowed me down so the rejuvenation offered by spring is welcomed. It is now up to me to join in on the return of springs birds and flowers and begin anew. Here are some suggestions from the Building 25 blog that offer suggestions on how we might enjoy the season.

Celebrate the extra hour of daylight — consider these activities!

You can now:

  • Leave work in a happy state- of-mind.
  • Walk your dog for an extra 10 minutes.
  • If you don’t have a dog, you can go to the dog park and watch them frolic.
  • Flip your mattress since (apparently) you’re supposed to flip it every six months to avoid hills and valleys.
  • Organize a work happy hour at your favorite rooftop bar.
  • Have dinner in your backyard.
  • Fire up the grill.
  • Buy a treat from the ice cream truck.
  • Go to the park.
  • Have a picnic in the park.
  • People-watch in the park.
  • Save electricity — turn your lights off for an extra hour.
  • Go to Whole Foods.
  • Get more after-work errands done and feel good about it.
  • Exercise outside.
  • Pick up a new hobby.
  • Hang out on a stoop.
  • Catch a tan.
  • Use the hour of sleep you lost to sleep in really late on the weekends and not feel guilty about it.
  • Feel better about going to sleep late since you won’t really think it’s as late as it is.


Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.

Gustav Mahler


A pretty young woman visiting her new doctor for the first time found herself alone in a small waiting room. She began undressing nervously, preparing herself for the upcoming examination. Just as she draped the last of her garments over the back of a chair, a light rap sounded on the door and a young doctor strode in.

Coming to an abrupt halt, the doctor looked his nude patient up and down carefully. “Miss Jones,” he said finally, “it seems quite obvious to me that until today you have never undergone an eye examination.”


She said: My husband and I always compromise. He admits he’s wrong and I agree with him.


OK this is for my fellow old guys:

Close Your Eyes” and go back with me in time

Before the Internet or the MAC,

Before semi automatics and crack

Before chronic and indo

Before SEGA or Super Nintendo

Way back……..

I’m talkin’ bout hide and go seek at dusk.

Sittin’ on the porch,

Hot bread and butter.

Chocolate milk,  Lunch tickets,

Penny candy in a brown paper bag.

Hopscotch, butterscotch, double-dutch Jacks, kickball, dodgeball, y’all!

Mother, May I?

Hula Hoops and Sunflower Seeds, Jaw breakers, blowpops, Mary Janes,

Running through the sprinkler (I can’t get wet! All right, well don’t wet my hair….)

The smell of the sun and lickin’ salty lips….


Catchin’ lightening bugs in a jar, playin sling shot and Red Rover.

When around the corner seemed far away, and going downtown seemed like going somewhere.

Bedtime,  Climbing trees, a million mosquito bites and sticky fingers,

Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, sittin on the curb, jumpin down the steps, jumpin on the bed.

Pillow fights

Being tickled to death

Runnin till you were out of breath

Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt, being tired from playin’…. Remember that?

I ain’t finished just yet…

What about the girl that had the big bubbly hand writing??

Licking the beaters when your mother made a cake.

Didn’t that feel good..  just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!

There’s nothing like the good old days!  They were good then, and they’re good now when we think about them. Share some of these thoughts with a friend who can relate. One can’t be serious ALL the time, eh?

Remember when…

When there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyers), and the only time you wore them at school, was for “gym.”

When nearly everyone’s mom was at home when the kids got there.

When nobody owned a purebred dog.

When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a huge bonus.

When you’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.

When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then.

When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.

When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done, everyday.

When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time. And, you didn’t pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot!

When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.

When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.

When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.

When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed … and did!

When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.

Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn’t because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Disapproval of our parents and grandparents was a much bigger threat!


“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”

Harriet Ann Jacobs


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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