yesterday it felt like spring was finally here. the temperature climbed up to 12 degrees. i hung out laundry for the first time since november. marilee and i took an extra long walk along the old highway with the dogs. in the afternoon i cleaned up dog poop in the backyard (wondering how much of it was skipper's...) and took the burlap protection off of the bushes. where the snow has melted in the garden, shoots are coming up everywhere. in their darkness they have been feeling the light.