Pristine Day

What a perfect spring day. Still and sunny. Seventy degrees or so. Difficult to stay inside.

We relish these days of spring because the mosquitoes aren't yet hatched. However, when I pulled up into my yard this afternoon, I stepped out into clouds of the insects. Millions. Conditions must be just right for them. It didn't seem that they were hungry, however.

Business at the nursery is putzing along at a good rate. Things don't really pop until May, but April business is important. The more trees we sell early, the better--since selling trees is labor intensive. You likely have to discuss each one. You have to write up a slip and then wrap the roots. With plants in the greenhouse, the customers gather them themselves and all you have to do is count them at the till.

Greenhouse production is still in full swing. The vegetables are just now being transplanted into six pacs. Yesterday, Donna seeded 40 trays of veggies and late annuals. So, despite the early season, we are still a long ways from planting flower beds and vegetable gardens.

ROYAL REPRIEVE: One can only hope that the Twins will take advantage of three games against the worst team in baseball, the Kansas City Royals. The hapless Royals recently suffered through an 11-game losing streak.

The Twins starting pitching, which was supposed to be their strength, has failed them. Their hitting hasn't been that strong either. Luis Castillo has been excellent at second base, but his shaky legs are going to require frequent rest. Rondell White, the new designated hitter, is going to eventually come around. He's hit a lot of balls hard, but he's had no luck. Mauer and Morneau haven't exactly set the world on fire with the bat, either. So far, they've just been solid--no more.

A NEW TWINS STADIUM seems inevitable. I am glad, although Hennepin County is getting stiffed on the deal. The only reason this bill is going to pass is because all of the tax burden is going to fall on one county. When you do that, you don't have as much trouble getting a majority of the representatives to sign on. After all, their constituents won't pay a dime.

GAS PRICES are slated to rise to over three dollars in the next weeks. Because our customers drive an average of over 50 miles to come to the nursery, I wonder if I should worry. Nothing you can do, though. I tend to believe the study which claimed that gas must reach $5 before driving habits will change much.

When the politicians get involved with gas prices, as if they can or should do anything, I wince. You know they aren't worried about long-term policy--they simply want to get through the next week with some nice news stories.