Small signs are beginning to show that spring is near:  Longer days, warmer afternoons, and evidence of melted snow (however small).

Since it is my habit to look closely (not to mention my desperation for the end of winter to arrive), I have noticed these details.  The mountainous snow drift outside my window now allows just a bit of light to peak over it into my kitchen.  Puddles are beginning to appear at the sides of snow banks.  And ice is showing up in places that had been covered for weeks, a sign that the melt is beginning.