Out and about today, I saw a number of signs that winter is done and we’re moving on.
Birds – cardinals in the morning twilight as we walked the dogs, calling back and forth to one another. Mourning doves sitting on a hydro line, cooing softly. And while I was waiting for a bus, a whole swarm of chickadees (a group of chickadees is actually called a “banditry”, which is awesome, but these ones were almost swarming) were all over the pine trees in front of my building.
Flowers – no crocuses yet, but there are tiny white fritillaries in many of the yards nearby.
Spring cleaning – people are out raking leaves, picking up litter and cleaning windows. They’re also blasting the spring cleaning music – on my walk this afternoon I heard Lady Gaga, some funky jazz and Guns and Roses, all playing on radios while people worked nearby.
Drunk guys in the park by the medical centre. Here’s to a summer without setting anything on fire.
I also saw my first pair of sandals, to complement the many shorts that people were wearing.
It wasn’t an awful winter really – not a lot of snow, not especially cold. But spring sure is nicer.