Growing up in Germany, I came to hate winter. If it wasn’t raining it was sleeting. If not sleeting, it was snowing. Still, we did have four seasons in Germany. They were Sleet, Rain, Snow and Hail. Regardless of precipitation, it was always cold. It should be no mystery to anyone why I live in the Southwest.
My favorite day of the year is the vernal equinox; it means summer is coming! In the temperate Southwest, a first sign of spring is the return of the swallows. Unlike the swallows of Capistrano who returned March 19th, my barn swallows aren’t back yet. Have yours come back yet? Our annual squatters raise three broods a year.