This time last week it was snowing and church had to be cancelled because there was so much on the ground. By Monday afternoon it was almost entirely melted and it has been in the 60s for most of the week. The temperature reached in the mid-70s yesterday, and last night we slept with all the windows open. Today it will again be in the mid-70s and thunderstorms are likely. Winter is not officially over, of course, and it could be snowing again by the middle of the week, but certain subtle signs let us know Spring is not far off.
After several months of silent nights, it has once again become very noisy. The spring peepers out at the pond begin their song before the sun even goes down and go at it until dawn. And for my family in California who have never heard a spring peeper...
But the main sign of spring for us is that the bathroom ants are back.
I have no idea what compels them to swarm in our bathroom sink. There is nothing for them to eat. But there they are.
This is benign. This is nothing. This the calm before the storm. Soon the other colonies of ants that we unhappily live with– the kitchen ants and the living room ants and the office ants – will also appear. And anything left out, even for a minute, will soon be infested.