Steve Eighinger

Spring fever and the goals that accompany it

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 9, 2019 9:00 am

An overflow of energy?


More positive feelings?


A greater appreciation of nature and all of its splendor?

Double check. (Of course, by "nature and all of its splendor," I mean watching grown men frolic on a well-manicured baseball diamond, accompanied by a hot dog -- or two, maybe three -- and an ice-cold soft drink.)

It's official: I am thoroughly, completely and overwhelmingly suffering from a severe case of spring fever. That's what a few nice days can do to a guy.

I think you'll all agree when I say how wonderful it is that the sun is no longer setting before most of us get off work in the late afternoons. It is so nice to drive home in the sunshine, and still have a couple of hours of daylight left.

Being the goal-oriented person that I am -- was that my wife we just heard with some sarcastic comment? -- I have jotted down three things I want to accomplish this spring and summer:

1. Learn to cook more: I must admit I'm kind of proud of myself for what I have accomplished with the backyard grill the past two years.

Yours truly had never cooked anything in his life until the summer of 2017. That's when I felt challenged to learn how to grill hot dogs. It took awhile, and there were a few misfires (no pun intended), but eventually I became what you might call a grill master.

After conquering hot dogs (I prefer the Nathan's brand, by the way), I moved on to hamburgers. Admittedly, that took a while, and several cows probably were sacrificed as I learned the difference between well done and burnt.

At some point last summer, I ventured into the land of pork chops, and by the Fourth of July there were certain summer evenings when our backyard became a virtual pork-a-palooza come meal time.

And now, I feel it's time to expand my list of warm-weather entrees. I haven't decided what is next, but you'll be the first to know.

2. Write a book: I have no idea about what, other than something connected with a warm-weather theme. I'm kind of leaning toward one of the following ideas from writer Sara Uzer of

º "Seas the day."

º "Hanging with my grill friends."

º "Long time no sea."

º "All I need is a little vitamin sea."

And my personal favorite:

º "Dear Winter, I'm breaking up with you. I think it's time I start seeing other seasons. Summer is hotter than you."

3. Get an early start on yard work: And by that I mean calling Neil, an incredible guy who has handled our mowing, leaf raking and other assorted outdoor-related jobs in recent years.

Neil is not only a great guy, but we've become good friends. I look forward to reconnecting in the next few weeks. I always enjoy our post-mowing chats after he has worked to make our yard look great while I sit inside -- in the air-conditioning -- most likely watching some sporting event on TV.

Ahh ... spring! It's good to have you back.