As we pass from spring into summer, I look around and I am beginning to see beautiful displays of color mixed with shades of green. How much more beautiful can it get? The most beautiful times of the day to me are early in the morning when the sun is coming up, silence fills the air and everything sparkles with dew in the sunlight. The other time is the evening when the sun is just beginning to go down and the sky is filled with colors--reds, pinks, yellows mixing with the blue of the sky, casting shadows onto the flowers and lawns of our neighborhoods. What beautiful mind-pictures it makes.
All this beauty brings me to this: the July 2 deadline for submitting homes, neighborhoods, or businesses for the Pride of Marysville Awards is drawing close. As you drive to work each day, do daily errands, take a walk or run, you notice one of two things-houses, businesses and neighborhoods that are exceptional in appearance, or the ones that are on the far end of that spectrum, needing repair, yard cleanup and just a little TLC.
It is time that we all get out and clean house and take pride in our homes and communities. We need to get our city back to the warm, inviting and clean community it once was. Your neighborhood could organize a work party and help those who cannot do it alone.
Mow lawns, clean shrubs away from homes and clean out flower beds, plant some colorful plants, wash windows, power wash sidewalks/driveways, clean out carports, repair gutters and downspouts, remove old cars and boats from your yards, paint your home, if needed.
It is not hard to do, just needs a little initiative and elbow grease...once it is done and you sit on your porch and look around, you will have the best "feel good moment." If you are lucky, one of those neighbors you helped will provide you with cookies and lemonade. What can be better than that?
Good luck! I hope your home, neighborhood and/or business is nominated and wins.
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