Yep, it's just around the corner! Not that you'd know it, what with waking up to a fresh dusting of snow and all. But still, there are several tried-and-true ways for a New Englander to tell that spring is coming. To whit:
10. The permafrost snow banks in the Home Depot parking lot are a gnarly grayish-brown, and have approximately the sodium content of Progresso soup.
9. When grocery shopping yesterday, Arizona and I bought more fresh veggies than Progresso soup.
8. The horses at the rescue now require the use of shedding blades, which have enough teeth to please the biggest steampunk enthusiast, and pull off huge handfuls of winter coat.
7. I come home from the rescue coated in such hair. The laundry is not amused.
6. Our white car is gray.
5. The stores are out of salt, likely because it has all been distributed to the cars and ugly gray snow lumps at Home Depot.
4. Yesterday, everyone living in our immediate vicinity was at Home Depot at least once.
3. At least half of them bought crocus bulbs.
2. Half of them have no idea what to do with a crocus bulb.
1. Lucy T. Cat has initiated the "I need to go out right now! Ugh, it's cold, let me back in! OMG, I need to go out! Aah, let me back in!" protocol, secure in the knowledge that one of these times when she goes out, the snow will be gone and the chipmunks will be out to play with her.
What are some of your signs?