¡Quiquiriquí!

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At first glance, Friday morning seemed completely mundane.

No surprises.

Nothing out-of-the-ordinary.

Like most days, I was awakened by the throaty cock-a-doodle-doo-ing of our rooster, Ricky. A few minutes later, after rolling out of bed and putting on my hat and boots and coat to go outside, everything still seemed to be so familiar.

Just a plain old, run-of-the-mill morning.

As usual, the moment I stepped out the back door with a bucket of cat food, I was completely mobbed by our half-wild farm cats. The cud-chewers were pleased as punch to get their hay and grain. And Ryu took off running like a maniac the minute I opened his kennel door.

Like I said, everything seemed so typical.

It wasn’t until I had meandered on over to the chicken coop to give the old chooks some fresh water, that I noticed something was different…

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And d’you know what it was?

The SUN was shining!

I don’t mean to sound too dramatic, but it was such a shock to actually see the sun during chore time — because for the past few months, it’s been totally DARK that early in the morning…

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But Friday, as I finished up my chores in the bright sunlight, I realized that Spring is on its way!

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It wasn’t too long ago that all the world seemed to be encased in ice.
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BUT… with a little bit of rain, a little bit of thawing (and a LOT of flooding), winter seems to be losing its grip.
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The ice is receding.
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New life is springing up all over the place.
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Sometimes, it shows up in the most unlikely places…
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Like these mushrooms in our moldy old haystack.

I know we’ve still got a ways to go before Spring really starts ramping up — but just like a beautiful sunrise, Spring is right on the horizon.

I can feel it in my soul!

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Ryu was feeling it too the other morning!

And apparently, so was Noose…

That old goober was jumping around, waggling his “majestic” beard all over the place.

Yep, Spring is definitely on the horizon!

Oh, the barnyard is busy
In a regular tizzy
And the obvious reason
Is because of the season
Ma Nature’s lyrical
With her yearly miracle
Spring, Spring, SPRING!

— Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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