Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Spring must be in the air; first there was one, then two and...

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Spring must be in the air; first there was one, then two and now three; Yes, my turtles have returned to the pond. Then there was the “winter legs” alert that went out to my neighbors. Yes, my first day outside wearing shorts while mowing my lawn. Draw the shutters and put on the shades; these legs have not seen the sun for a very long time. Along with turtles, shorts, and mowing…here comes the dandelions. I declare this the “Year of the Dandelion!” They are everywhere! It is very frustrating because in the fall I put down fertilizer that is supposed to stop the germination of weeds, but it appears they just eat this stuff up. I mean, these were big multi-headed weeds. I swear one stem was as big around as my little finger. It was too cool to spray, so I got a bucket out and dug up every one of them in my front yard. I pulled four bucket-loads of them. I was pretty pleased with myself, but that did not last very long. Two days later, I came home from work and the yard looked like I never touched it. Not a happy camper…but I am slowly winning the battle. I am out every weekend spraying each individual yellow spot until all of the yellow is gone. (Sounds like one of those old bleach commercials! LOL) Then, of course, someone sent me a Facebook message showing all of the benefits of dandelions. I told her to come on over and collect all she could carry… for free. (In case you are wondering…she was a no-show!) Of course, with spring comes a host of recognition holidays, and the first one leading the list is Mother’s Day, which is this coming Sunday. If you have forgotten (heaven forbid) you still have time to do something special for Mom. When I mean special, I mean don’t grab the first box of candy or bouquet of flowers you see; spend some real quality time with your mother…which means putting away that iPhone!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“My mom is a lifelong smile in my heart, her voice a comfort to my soul, her hugs my ladder to the stars.” – Terri Guillemets

SERMON
The minister gave his Sunday morning service as usual, but this particular Sunday it was considerably longer than normal. Later while the minister was at the door shaking hands with parishioners, one man said, “Your sermon was simply wonderful – so invigorating and inspiring and refreshing.” The minister, of course, broke out in a big smile, only to hear the man add, “Why I felt like a new man when I woke up!”

BEST GOLF
Two elderly men went into the pro shop after playing 18 holes of golf. The pro asked, “Did you have a good game?” “Yes,” the first old man replied, “I had five riders today.”  The second man added, “I had seven riders. My best ever in a long time.”   After the old men left, another golfer approached the pro and said, “I have played golf for 15 years, and I have never heard the term ‘rider.’ What does that mean?” “It means when you hit the ball far enough to get in the golf cart and ride to it.”
That is all I have for today. As always, be good, do good, play safe, and remember, it should be Mother’s Day every day. – JR