This is the First St. Patrick’s Day that I can remember being warm enough to enjoy a pint on the deck. I remember many years of having a pint today for St. Pat’s down in Boulder, the 3000 foot drop in elevation makes all the difference. Boulder sees spring and summer months before we do. Whether it is due to global warming or not, I’m taking advantage of it. There is still ice on Barker Reservoir (seen in background) and there are areas of the yard that still have 2-3 feet of snow covering them, but its 51 degrees! I had the pleasure of working in a t-shirt today up here in the mountains. This morning we had a fire in the wood stove and I can say we will have many more yet this season. The spring warmth has turned our road in to a muddy mess, but it does that every year. Despite the mud and the deep snow in the yard, Spring Fever is alive and well. I have Corned Beef cooking slowly in the kitchen and am taking a few moments to enjoy the bird song and the sunshine.