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While the spring season won’t officially be here for another three weeks, the signs of the season seem to be everywhere. On a recent drive through Amish Country, in Wayne County, Ohio, I saw many fields that had already been plowed and many that would likely be plowed the next few days.

On Wednesday, Feb. 29 — better known as Leap Day, much of Ohio saw daytime temperatures above 60 degrees. Although it was a rainy day, it still felt good to go outside with only a light jacket.

We certainly have plenty of winter left to see more snow and ice, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we do, but there’s hope around the corner, and it’s been visible the past few days.

I just hope if we get a cold snap, it doesn’t damage the flowers and other plants that already seem to be a month ahead of schedule! I’m hearing from a lot of people who have the same concern.

But for now, I guess we might as well enjoy it, because it does feel pretty good compared to most years, this time of year.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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