|PLENTY OF WINTER LEFT|
|SWELLING RED MAPLE BUDS|
Yesterday evening we went out for fish fry at The Northern Edge just down the road, their food is excellent, reasonably priced and plentiful, and a favorite of local folks. I overheard a man sitting with his family at the next table talking on his cell phone about tapping maple trees, and when he was through I asked him if he was indeed going to start tapping, and he said he was talking to a friend in Ohio who was tapping trees. Everyone is getting tired of winter and looking for the first signs of spring. Joan says it will be an early spring, since she notices the male gold finches becoming more and more yellow. I hope she is right, and I paid particular attention to red maple flower buds this morning and they are beginning to swell, although it will be a long time until they open. Even though the roofs are snow and ice laden and the temperature plummets on clear nights, folks are thinking spring!