There is still plenty of snow on the ground, but the temperature is nearing 50 degrees Fahrenheit at noon this sunny Saturday. The sky is bright blue with puffy clouds and everything is dripping.
Inside, the sun is strong and the houseplants seem to be basking in it.
On my kitchen windowsill, a Christmas cyclamen is re-blooming with one huge white blossom.
I just swept off the front porch and hung a small St. Patrick's Day wreath there.
No doubt, there will be more cold weather to come, more blustery squalls before winter leaves us in peace. But for today, the strong sunshine feels promising, brings hope. Hang in there, it seems to say. It won't be long now.