It was somewhat warm today so I got to play in the yard (ah! finally!). I was pulling weeds, deadheading and dividing perennials and singing loudly with my Ipod, for almost 6 hours…can you even believe my fingernails got this bad, with gloves on? And what a start to the season-I already broke 2 shovels! So I decided to create a “shovel graveyard” display in the corner of a flowerbed. Proof of the Willamette clay strength, my own stubborn will, and Home Depot’s flimsy guarantees. Somewhere quiet, where the old, faithful iron heads can rest and rust, in peace.