While much of the country is getting icy arctic blasts, with lows like minus 50º, down here it’s like a spring day. We’ve dodged many extreme weather bullets lately. That’s what’s so deceptive about February in TN–masses of crocuses are in bloom, covered with bees, while tulip, daffodil, hyacinth, and iris shoots are appearing everywhere. You think spring is just around the corner, but it’s only mid-winter. There’s not much to be done outside right now, though you’re eager to get into it already. The pandemic only amplifies the restlessness. But it has also taught patience, or at least stoicism.