Or so the lead gnome tells the others as he wakes them to start preparing for spring in the classic 1936 Happy Harmonies short "To Spring".
I know in the rest of the country, they are eagerly looking for the bright colors the gnomes bring, because winter is refusing to go quietly. In fact, it's decided to stay as long as it possibly can, dumping as much snow on the ground as the average winter in what should be the beginning of spring. It's still cold and gray, but there is the occasional day where it gets a little warm to give them a little hope of the beautiful days to come. On those days, people get to see a little peek of color here; a small flower bud there; a glimpse of green on a tree branch somewhere.
Which it is, of course. But that's a topic for another day. Right now, I am going to get out from behind this keyboard. Although I'll be working, I am definitely going to enjoy the colors of the day.