Spring has sprung here, even if it doesn't look exceptionally spring-like today. In the winter months leading up to this time, I've made good use of the rotten weather by reading some great books -- The Goose Girl and Enna Burning by Shannon Hale, Patricia Wrede's Frontier Magic trilogy, and A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating (among other titles). But I'm ready for spring, so I searched for the signs notifying me winter was on its way out. It's easy to get fooled in Pennsylvania -- two spring snowfalls with special names (the onion snow and the sapling bender) can make it seem like spring will never arrive. But I'm happy to report the top three signs of spring have arrived here!
3. Smell: The breeze carries a certain smell when spring arrives. Maybe it's the scent of pollen! (I've noticed winter and fall air have their own aromas, too.)
1. When the robins showed up in our yard, that was all I needed to be certain spring was here. The birds know better than any meteorologist when I should pull out the spring jacket. Now that they're singing in the trees in our front yard, I can wave bye-bye to winter.
What are the signs you look for to be sure spring has arrived? Let us know in the comments!