The days are getting longer and warmer. It appears that my first Midwestern winter will be blizzard-free, although, the wind continues to blow. The Queen has returned from her wintering in Virginia – apparently, my dog is a snowbird. So, soon the landscape will start turning lovely shades of green, the fields will come alive with tastiness, and my calendar will be stacked with festivals. Until then, we will have to enjoy the last of the beautiful winter bleakness.