I am going to selectively skip over the temps dipping back into the 40s over the approaching weekend and focus instead at Spring having finally sprung and the warmer climate of the past couple of days that ushered it in. The warmth of the sun's rays and the longer languishing of days against the soundtrack of songbirds....oh my, it just eases my mind watching it unfold. The very promise of garden bounties excite me, and the craving for the healthy crunch of fresh greens as opposed to heavy comfort food just grows exponentially. A recent lunch at local Excelsior fave Willow Springs Mercantile reflected that desire for lighter fare: the house salad of fresh romaine, hard-boiled eggs, mozzarella and ranch dressing, a cup of their spicy, flavorful fajita black bean soup and their side dish du jour; bright and citrusy pesto couscous with feta. Marvelous match for this beautiful day. Welcome back, Spring, you were so missed.