I notice the buds on the crab apple tree out back are now not only swelling, but showing the faintest blush of pink. O, rapture! I don’t see anything sprouting yet from the earth, but seeing those apple buds makes me realize spring is not so far off. It’s sunny today, too, and the high’s are forecast to be in the mid 40’s today and high 50’s the next few days. O, sweet respite!