The groundhog has poked his nose out of the hole and made his weather prediction for an early spring. If your favorite color is white and you’re an avid skier a prolonged winter might not be so bad, but for the rest of us we are eagerly awaiting the sweetness and light of springtime. Am I right?

I love the Valentine’s Day displays at the grocery store this time of year!

What are the first signs of impending spring? Valentine’s Day displays in the grocery store! Pink hearts and chocolates. It’s hard for me to believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I wonder what my husband has in mind.

Kate and Noel Lloyd

Keeping love alive on dates with my husband.

Stores are already displaying primroses, but I know better than to be tempted to plant this early. I’m going to resist the urge to plant my garden too soon. Always in the past, that has been a mistake. Our nights are still too cool. Although I might take a chance with a pot or two of daffodils. I’ve seen a few around the neighborhood of hearty winter bloomers. No fair, those of you who live in warm climates.

Kate Lloyd - early flower pots

Only a few flower pots thrive this time of year.

I’ve already heard chirping birds pairing up and seen chartreuse bulbs bursting their way through the soil. Hints that spring is on its way.

You may be way ahead of us. Hope you are enjoying the warmth that we crave. And the dryness. Oh my, what rain we’ve had!

Enter for a chance to win this Kate Spade tote, a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates, plus one of my signed books

Please enter my giveaway to help me celebrate the impending arrival of spring! My prizes are a charming floral Kate Spade 14” by 13.5” book tote with interior pocket, a box of traditional Valentine’s Day chocolates, plus one of my signed books: either An Amish Christmas KitchenStarting from ScratchA Letter from Lancaster County; or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy — Leaving Lancaster, its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, or Forever Amish; or A Portrait of Marguerite. US and Canada only, winner has three days to respond.