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Arnold Dyre
Commentary by Arnold Dyre

   My countdown to spring has begun.  
   At my house in Madison daffodils are beginning to bloom. This morning, I counted 13 of the yellow delights in my backyard.  None yet in the front, but soon.  
   From this point, I will count the number of blooming daffodils each morning. I do not keep records. I just count and tell Beverly.
   Soon, too, I will start cutting them and bringing them into the house and offering them to Beverly.  It makes her happy, and it makes the house smell good.
   This time of year when my daffodils start blooming, I think about the Moore jonquils on Highway 8 east, out from Grenada on the way to Gore Springs, and I wonder if they are beginning to bloom yet. I hope some of the readers will report to me their own observations if they happen to drive by the old Moore homestead near Red Grass Creek.
   Beverly and I like to count the daffodils and jonquils in bloom along the Natchez Trace, too. Mostly, they are the product of bulbs set out years and years ago when homesteads were scattered along the area that is now the Natchez Trace Parkway.  They have naturalized and spread and are, at least to Beverly and me, a real treasure.  
   We love to drive the Natchez Trace and count deer and turkey along the way.  This time of year, we count daffodils.  Sometimes we see more than we can easily count. At times, Beverly takes one side of the parkway, and I take the other and make a competition of it.  It is hard for me to count mine while trying to keep an eye on Beverly’s side to make sure she is not cheating.
   When daffodils bloom, fishing begins to pick up. Soon, crappie will be spawning. Also, tom turkeys will start gobbling in the woods.  
   Yesterday, Beverly and I saw a huge flock of wild turkeys out behind Sunnybrook, where Clovis lives.  
   I sometimes practice my turkey call by mouth while I am in the shower.  So far, I have not called a turkey into the house.
   Spring is getting close.  Still too early to set out tomato plants, but high time to be getting raised beds prepared.  
   Do not pack away the long johns just yet. We might still get a cold snap or two, but I think Old Man Winter is on the way out.
   A few nights ago against a sky lit by a full moon, I saw a huge flock of snow geese – flying North!
   It will not be long until my uniform of the day will change from jeans and T-shirt -- with maybe a jacket or sweatshirt -- to shorts and T-shirt.  
   I will get tan and feel alive again, although I won’t bloom or go north.

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