My morning started out like most days lately, with an alarm on the phone coaxing me out of sleep with obnoxiously cute wind chime-inspired music at an early hour.

Fortunately, the darned thing is within reach, and I can stretch a hand out from under the covers and make the music stop without opening my eyes. I had been dreaming about spring, and hated the thought of waking up to another winter day. Although tempted to turn over and snuggle back in, I was dutifully up and out of bed within a couple minutes.

(Please see the Feb. 21 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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