1. Redwinged blackbirds are back in force, causing a ruckus down by the river.
2. Geese are flying overhead, retracing the routes they followed a few months ago. They settle in fields and on the water, honking away.
3. Vultures are back as well, soaring high overheard in their slient graceful circles.
4. Killdeer fly low over the frozen meadows, whistling out their songs to each other.
5. Runners have come out of the woodwork. How can there be so many? Saturday morning at 7:00 I saw scores of them. Where were they when I was plodding out the miles in January?
6. Teenagers, who already shun outerwear even on the coldest days, are baring arms and legs. It’s 45 degrees! Bust out the flip flops!
7. It is muddy. The children love it. They stomp in it, scoop it, splash it about. They squish and shape and mold it. Some roads are treacherous with the slip and slide.
8. We set the table (well, the small one from the porch) out on the hard lawn and had dinner outside for the first time this year. That was all my daughter’s idea. Then, in the night, the wind blew over the chairs we forgot to put away. Wind, too, is a sign of spring.
9. The long days make for more play time for all of us. Daylight savings, that ridiculous habit, means the children fall asleep too late and can’t wake up in the morning.
10. I am starting to itch for summer. Where did I leave my sandals?