1. The roadside snowbanks, though still large, are getting very dirty as they melt down and the mixed-in sand and dirt concentrates itself on the surface. Uggh. It sure isn't pretty!
2. Four kids, still wearing snow boots, enjoy playing on the snow-free rocky beach down by the lake. The temperature can get up to a balmy 10 degrees C on an exceptional day like today.
3. The laundry can now be hung out on the line outside. Sure, it hangs above the huge mounds of snow still present on the lawn, but when the sun is out, it actually gets about 75% dry over the course of a day.
4. Fiona decides that the time has come to retire the string mittens for the year. Tired of worrying about them when using public toilets, feeling all warm and springy, she extracts them from her jacket sleeves, poses for a photo to celebrate this seasonal ritual, and stuffs them in her mom's pocket so they can be taken home and stored for next year.