Spring Forward. I love those two words. This Sunday morning at 2 a.m., we all will move our clocks forward one hour. Thus, begins the journey of longer days and more daylight hours to do the things we love to do.

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
Spring Forward. I love those two words. This Sunday morning at 2 a.m., we all will move our clocks forward one hour. Thus, begins the journey of longer days and more daylight hours to do the things we love to do.
Now, for those of you who may read this column from time to time, you know that I do love winter. But, like most of you, I'm ready to move on to warmer days, sunshine, flower shopping...and, the sound of lawn mowers at work!
There's something really special when you can open your windows during the day and hear your neighbors cutting their lawns. In fact, I like hearing it all season long. And soon, I will be planning which annuals will be planted in my flower gardens, what kind of tomato plants to get this year, and making plans to finish the rock borders and teeny lights.
I know I'm thinking ahead of myself, because in reality, the month of March can surprise us very often. She teases us with sunshine, blue skies and fluffy clouds, and warm breezes and budding lilac bushes. Then next, here comes a winter weather advisory - with crazy snow showers, icy windshields and whipping winds.
Nonetheless, I have visions of green grass, beautiful pentas, fuschias, coneflowers, zinnias, geraniums, lantanas - colors of reds, purples, pinks and yellows. Flowers in the front of the house, flowers in my rock garden, flowers alongside my house, flowers along the fence line.
Scores of years ago, my mother had a beautiful weeping cherry tree planted in the front yard. According to the nursery that pruned the tree in the fall of 2016, this tree is now supposed to be the new beginning of its perfectly shaped splendor. Once a year, she shows off the most magnificent pink blossoms, and for about two weeks, she is in all her glory. Spectacular...really. Picture-worthy.
When her blooms are full, I plan to take full advantage for a private little picnic in my front yard under the tree - little chicken salad croissants, fresh fruits and assorted cheeses and some homemade lemonade. My granddaughters will be invited to wear their prettiest dresses and bring their baby dolls, and we will enjoy our little spring picnic. It will be the best afternoon ever.
My granddaughter Aubree tells me that she wants to do a lemonade stand or a snow cone stand this summer. So we'll be looking into that. My grandchildren and I could have a lot of fun with that this summer. And we can make a little money that Aubree wants to give to someone who really needs it.
Yes, I have some terrific grandchildren, and they make my life so rich. I'm looking forward to a spring and summer full of backyard swimming, camp-outs and cookouts, bike riding, picnics, trips to the lake, miniature golf, planting flowers baskets, eating fresh strawberries and watermelon, and having lazy, rainy days when we can bake brownies or cookies.
Let it rain, let it be sunny, let it be warm or chilly - there are plenty of ways to enjoy all of the seasons. And if March decides that she has a little more snow left in her bag of tricks, let it be.
Spring forward, and don't forget to turn your clocks ahead before you go to bed on Saturday night. And remember, for those of you who go to church on Sunday, it's important to know that you will be one hour ahead. The pastors will be losing an hour's sleep, too, but they will be there to welcome you into the house of God.
Smile...spring is coming!