To most of the nation, Spring means flowers and green grass in March. To Minnesotans, signs of Spring are much more subtle. We have to look really hard for clues, while suffering through at least 2-3 more quick-melting snowstorms. Here's what Spring looks like here:
The exposure of previously snow-buried crud in yards.
We remove the Christmas lights from the roof.
When I switch out the heated mattress pad for the regular one.
Glowing orbs of white people in shorts.
When the screens come down from the garage rafters, and make their way back to windows.
The sounds of blackbirds and crows, with a few robins thrown in.
Guys get their sports cars out. No one drives their beautiful sports cars in the winter here - the road salt and sand will reduce it to the frame in two years.
We start buying iced coffee.
We just look right past the large piles of dirty snow.
Guys start pulling their ice fishing houses off the lake.
We quit wearing long underwear UNDER our PJ's.
We throw open the windows when it's 45 degrees and sunny.
We start to notice our car kinda smells. Whatever smells used to be frozen.