In 1913 Robert Frost, the craggy Northeastern poet, wrote:
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year.
This week, the not-so-craggy Scene writers take on the springing of the year in the slightly less lyrical language of House & Hammock. For Jim Ridley, the season is about reckless grilling, too much lighter fluid and an ill-named neighbor cat. For Carrington Fox, it’s about weeds. In the spirit of spring cleaning, Claire Suddath explores home staging and interior design, while Lee Stabert reads between the lines while looking for a new apartment. Finally, James Nix introduces two low-brow backyard games that, combined with some reckless grilling, too much lighter fluid and a couple cases of beer, could make for a perfect spring day. We hope the vernal verses that follow hold something fresh to coax you out of hibernation, warm your soul and inspire pleasure in the flowers to-day.