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Special to the DailyA happy belated birthday to "little buddy" Thor Alan Scheefer, who turned 2 on Saturday. If we had been on the ball, we would have gotten this in the paper then, and included this little ditty: "We wish you a fun-filled day! We love you more than all the stars in the sky. From your Daddy, Amma, Aunt Brittani, Uncle Korey and Aunt Lyles."

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column in full bloom.

Yes, like the soft petals of a rose opening at the first sign of warm, vernal sunlight, like the sparrow returning to its summer roost and singing a sweet song of homecoming, like a dopey-eyed labrador shedding its freaking winter coat by rubbing it all over our freaking couch and rug … Oh, wait, sorry – that was supposed to be a peaceful, sublime intro into our monologue on the coming of spring, but we got a little distracted.

Anyway, can we get an amen? Can we get a witness? Hallelujah, the sun has come out!

It’s amazing to us what a little change in the weather can do for people’s dispositions. We get a few days of glorious sunshine and bluebird skies here in Summit Up Land, and suddenly, everybody’s friendly. Why, just yesterday, we saw a local cut off another driver in a rented Excursion, and instead of flipping the bird to rub it in, he just smiled.

In the spirit of the changing season, one of our neighbors went out to spread wildflower seeds – in the doggy delivered fertilizer being revealed as the snow in the parking lot melted.

We see the sparkle in the eyes of the staffers right here in the Corporate Suites, reminding us it’s also that time of year when love blossoms (and we try to forget that has nothing to do with people wearing four or five fewer layers of clothing, giving the pursuers a little better idea of what they’re in for).

But we have a warning! For all of you so happy to have some warm weather, we can’t help but note that it’s melting our snow. We, for one, aren’t finished with winter. So, if you are enjoying this, we better not hear any of you complain this summer when the fish are flopping in the muddy shoals of the lake, crying out for a drink of water.


It’s Wednesday, fellow citizens.

We’re out showing our feet the first bit of sunshine they’ve seen in a few months …

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