To prove myself things are actually great, at least for the present, I searched some photos from the two previous years.
The above shows how the garden chairs in our yard looked like this time last year.
Exactly two years ago the situation was also rather bad as the two above photos reveal.
However, in a few days another period of colder weather should be here, perhaps even with some snowfall. I thought a spring 4 to 6 weeks ahead of the average sounded too good to be true. In the next few days, I must make sure to spend some time outdoors enjoying the sun and our snowless neighbourhood with Jack while we still can.