It finally feels like SPRING! Not that the winter was so terrible. We had hardly any snow. There were no ice storms. The temperatures weren't anything to get excited about. But winter in central Indiana isn't pretty.
Winters here are an ugly dark gray/brown, wet, and cold, with an occasional frigid day or week. Snow makes things look bright and cheery for a bit, then it melts in the late afternoon and refreezes at night. Or it rains during the day and freezes overnight. Or there's freezing rain. Or the ever-popular "wintry mix." UGH.
Mostly it's hypothermia weather - wet and cold-ish.
Then there's the precursor to spring - rain and wind and mud - oh my! Still not pretty.
But this past week - suddenly SPRING! The grass glows with the color of a green crayon. Dandelions and violets have invaded the yard! Daffodils and tulips bloom in their beds! Peonies, day lilies, and hostas poke up from the ground! Asparagus begs to be cut in the garden! Fuzzy ducklings and goslings block traffic at the marina! Tree frogs sing in the evening! Magnolia, dogwood, and redbud trees bloom in a riot of magenta, pink, and white! All at once!
Nature has had enough of winter, and as my dad would say, "Spring has sprung!"