How do I know?
1. there are daffodils in bloom all over Westchester County!
2. this afternoon I was actually feeling warmish, if not even hot, in a light jacket which I then took off and felt fine even when the breeze blew.
3. I just made a date with my husband for sometime next month that consists of him, me, a bottle of Boulay Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu 2002 (if I can manage to buy some for myself before selling it all) and 3 pounds of fresh Columbia County Asparagus (which we'll steam and serve with nothin' but butter, lemon juice, and salt). Up until this moment, when spring seems to be here to stay, I could not even permit my mind to register the memory of that fresh homegrown asparagus (we get it from our favorite local nursery/farmstand, which just opened for the season this week! yay!). I just remembered about it. And realized that it is not so far off in my future.
Wonders never cease.