This morning when I came into the store and started my usual routine; make the chips, make the tea, listen to messages, and sweep outside, I was happy about spending a few minutes out in the sunshine. I started sweeping the front walk and finally pushed the last of all the leaves and twigs toward the curb. I turned around to walk back into the store, and in my path I saw a few little piles of leaves and string that hadn't been there just a few seconds earlier. I looked up to find the little guy pictured above, furiously pulling stuff out from behind our sign and apparently fashioning a new nest for future family members. We continued our little game for a few minutes, with me sweeping and turning around a few more times to find another bit of fluff waiting for me.
It was a nice reminder that in a few weeks, we'll be enjoying all the sights and scents that come with spring. Along with the daffodils and tulips come the fresh breezes that hint of fresh starts, renewal, growth and all those other things in life that are so important.
When you go outside today, soak in that beautiful sunshine and take a deep breath of spring. It does the heart good!