Also in our yard, we have a willow tree, that grows an abundance
of catkins, or pussy willows. We had these on the farm, too, although we had to go hiking through the fields to find them around the big slough. Again, the wild willows were more delightful than the "tame" one we have now. Then, as now, they are a treat to cut and bring inside.
There are more signs of spring to come, but these bring hope and joy to the changing of the seasons.