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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Time to Get Outside

March is one of those months that many of us wouldn’t mind skipping. It can go for warm, sunny days to raw, cold, snowy days. Yet March is also a time that reminds us that there is something about to come, a prelude to a new beginning, green grass and warm days. One thing March allows us all to do is get outside.

There’s something about stepping outside on a warm March day and listening to the sound of nature. There’s not humidity in the air yet and bugs are still sleeping. March is a time to get those sneakers (or boots) out and head outdoors for a walk or bike ride. It’s a time to remember those New Year’s resolutions of getting more exercise and remember why spring is a time for renewal.

Spring is coming – the official start is March 20th. March is supposed to be quite stormy and cool for most areas, so take advantage of those nicer days and head outside. This weekend we turn the clocks ahead so it will be light longer in the evening. Find the time to do something outdoors – walk, play baseball with the kids, just get outside and breathe in some of that refreshing air.

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