1. The days are getting longer.  More sun.  More vitamin D.  It feels like March outdoors today.
  2. Approximately 360 days until the next winter holiday season.  That is a lot of time to encourage your loved ones to please give us all more options on their wish list.  It also gives us more time to come up with creative gift ideas.
  3. Thus far, our winter has been mild.  Green grass still covers my lawn, revealed under patches of melted snow.  A nice reminder of the warm seasons to come.
  4. Prime seed-selecting and garden planning time.  Never would have thought that I would still be using graphing paper well after university math.
  5. It's putting-the-decorations-away-and-buying-more-at-a-discount season.  I'm dangerous inside a Pier One.