March is that time of year where spring is in the air or winter is still going strong, snowing, and cold where you live. And while the nighttime temperatures in AZ are still cool, the day temperatures are already hitting 80-90 degrees. But no matter where you live, March usually heralds better weather.

So as some of us are getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day (bring on the green), others are preparing for baseball spring training. And in some parts of the world, we also start Daylight Savings Time.

March got its name in Roman times as a tribute to the God, Mars, in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and was originally called “Martius”. This month was considered the start of a new beginning. In Roman times this month was the start of a new calendar year. I would believe the farmers of that era probably had something to do with this.

Oh, and that phrase “Beware the Ides of March”? In case you are wondering, it was the Soothsayer in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, who warned Caesar, beware the 15th of March, when telling him his life was in danger for the next 30 days. And now you know! Happy March!