It was a strange first day of spring here. Not that I really expected anything different considering the winter we’ve had. It started rather hopeful with a steady rain, which I opened my eyes to, but by noon it had begun snowing and continued to through the rest of the day. The good thing I observed was that, despite the snow, nothing froze over. The melt waters were still running steadily past driveways and along curbs toward the drains. I watched the wind ripple one pool along the sidewalk and enjoyed the movement that I haven’t seen in a long time. This water was right near where a tree had been cut down earlier this winter. The soggy woodchips have become visible. The spring thaw may not be visually beautiful but it has raised a lot of spirits. Happy Ostara.