Spring is here! The temps have been over 60F for the past few days. We’ve had a some showers (fortunately not when we planned to be out running). The day lilies and chives are poking their heads through the dark soil. The yards without snow make everything seem fresh and new. Looking out across our lawn on Saturday morning, I noticed how the pine cones were scattered like polka dots. The little brown spots called me outside like a kid gravitating toward her favorite toy. I spent hours in the yard, picking up the pine cones (3 baskets worth!), raking all the ‘stuff’ that falls from the pines surrounding our house, and moving away brush in the garden beds. Ah, I love this time of year!