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“The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet,

Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit,

In every street these tunes our ears do greet:

Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to witta-woo!

Spring, the sweet spring!”

-Thomas Nashe

As Ann Stevenson says, “Spring comes little, a little. All April it rains.” However, in the Panhandle we know rain is hard to come by; instead we have plenty of sunshine. As the winter cold dwindles away we remove our coats and step outside. Some spend their days revamping their forgotten gardens while others are off to sports games. The Amarillo Sod Poodles have arrived and are ready for action, as well as our local Canyon teams. Southeast Park is beginning to fill up with sports fans, children, and animals as everyone soaks up the new season.

Spring also brings more color to our lives and to our food. Bright yellows, greens, and pinks start to adorn our surroundings as people brighten up and prepare themselves for summer. And with the new season comes a new round of fresh fruits and veggies. Strawberries, spring peas, asparagus and more can be added to salads and pizzas, adding a pop of color to your meal. Grown at home or ordered from somewhere else, these fresh veggies are guaranteed to help us feel healthier and happier as we laze around in the afternoon sun.

As the weather gets warmer and we get busier you may spend your time running the kids around town to various sports games, from softball to soccer and every sport in between. Even prom season kicks off as young girls spend their days shopping for the perfect dress, the perfect shoes, and for the perfect date. For some, spring also means graduation. Announcements, pictures, and planning for the summer, life begins to feel like everything is coming at us full speed, and it is important to slow down, relax and enjoy this season.

Which is why after all of the hustle and bustle of your jam-packed days you, your friends, and family should stop in to relax at our newly opened patio. There seems to be nothing better than a pizza and a cold drink outside when the sun is setting, and the wind turns into a gentle and forgiving breeze. For those small moments the world seems to be at peace as we sit back and relax, before going back to the grind.

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