Spring is on the way

It is probably a little early to start talking about spring, but there are signs everywhere that spring is just around the corner.
Leaving my mother’s house on Sunday just before 6 p.m., there still was some light in the western sky as I drove home. Yes, the days are progressively getting longer.
A huge seed display, as you walked through the door, caught my eye two weeks ago when I dropped into Emo Feed. It almost was tempting enough to pick up some seed packages.
Yes, there are gardeners who can hardly wait to germinate their vegetable and flowers for this year’s planting.
Stores have been transforming themselves and are all in the process of preparing for spring. Barbecues and accessories are front and centre. Spring clothing is making its way onto the shelves as families prepare for March Break and new wardrobes.
Kim Jo Bliss let everyone know that her first heifer of this year arrived 10 days ago. Farm animal counts across the district are increasing as the calving season is now underway.
This week, puddles re-appeared and potholes exploded throughout the community. It can be a car-rattling, bone-jarring ride on the 200 and 300 blocks of Second Street East. It never ceases to amaze me how the number of potholes can explode through the winter.
The heat of the sun has created long icicles hanging from my eavestrough. Perhaps by the end of the week, the snow on the south-facing roofs will have disappeared, as will the icicles. By the weekend, we will be experiencing truly balmy weather.
After the colder days that had our teeth chattering, it will feel like time to shed a jacket or two.
At the Chamber’s business awards gala last Thursday when I touched base with Blair and Donna Lowey, they let me know the main greenhouse was in full operation. The intensive seeding and germinating will begin in the next few weeks.
Spring and chicks seem to go together. Leanne and Tyler Spry will be picking up another batch of chicks to grow their farm again, along with a pot-bellied pig. Their two toddlers seem ready to adopt all the animals to their hobby farm.
Easter candy will explode onto shelves this week and even though the Easter season is still two months away, it is another sign that spring is coming.
Yes, we will experience more cold and more snow. We will complain that we have shovelled too much snow. We will watch the days grow longer, and begin making plans for yard work, planting, and the lake.
We will rejoice that the last hockey game has been played and the skates and equipment can be stored.
Our children will ask to bring out their bikes even though the snow is not completely melted.
Get ready.

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