"Little Darling it's been a long and lonely winter."   The days are getting longer.  Yippee!  I hope you've already turned your clocks ahead one hour.  Now that daylight saving time is in effect here are some facts about the annual ritual.

For those of us who had to rise and shine early this morning it was a bit tough losing an hour of precious sleep.  We just borrowed an hour from this morning and tacked it on to the evening.

For me, it was well worth it knowing that some great weather isn't too far off.  This is something I've been guilty of saying.  "Daylight savings time."  Officially it is "daylight saving time."   Leave off the "s" for sunshine.  One of the earliest proponents of DST was Benjamin Franklin.  Generally, more people are awake during the evening so Ben thought it would save candle consumption to add the extra hour of daylight.

The same holds true in 2012.  Now, it's about light bulbs.  48 of the 50 states observe DST.  The two holdouts are Arizona and Hawaii.  Not too long ago Indiana came on board in 2006.  In 2005 DST was extended by four weeks, from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.  Finally, and most important.  With the South Plainfield house fire tragedy still fresh in our minds.  I know you've been told this a thousand times.  So now  it's 1001 times.  It's that important.  Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. If you don't have them, please get one for every section of your house.  Yes, "here comes the sun, and I say it's alright!"