Right now, in the midst of the Return of the Polar Vortex . . . or Snowpocalypse II . . . or whatever you choose to call it, it's de rigeur to trash winter. To complain. To whine. To roll your eyes.
(Because, really. It does get old.)
But. Truth be told . . . I like winter. (As long as it stays in its boundary, that is. Come the middle of March, I'll be whining just like everyone else.)
Here's why I like it . . .
1 - Snow makes everything beautiful! In the winter, here in the north at least, the cold, dormant season is very . . . dark. Everything is a shade of brown (pretty much). It's bleak. And not very attractive. Until it snows! And then . . . it all looks magical!
2 - Winter brings a form of visible measurement. I use informal measurements - there are 12 rings on my garden obelisk (but now you can only see 3), for example. Or Garden Buddha (who has now completely disappeared). The Weather People use inches -- as in . . . "Kalamazoo has had over 40 inches of snow in January" (true) or "Kalamazoo has already had 80 inches of snow this winter " (also true).
3 -- There are some beautiful sunrises in winter -- and they happen late enough in the day that I can actually appreciate them. This sky happened just before our last big winter storm hit. (Red sky at morning . . . sailor's warning.)
4 -- Snow on trees. I just love it when snow collects on branches and boughs and berries. It makes the trees look magical and otherworldly. I am always charmed by snow on trees!
5 -- Dog joy! My dogs love to romp in the snow, and it's such a delight to watch them. (Although Jenny can't this year. Again. And that's tough.)
6. New photo ops. Sure, your fingers freeze. But it's fun to get out - with your camera - to see the world with new highlights.
7. Bundling up. As Tom loves to say: There is no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing! Bundling up and getting out is a great way to appreciate the season and shake off some cabin fever.
8. Warming up from the inside out. A cup of tea. Hot cocoa. Spicy chili. A pot of hearty soup. Nothing beats a cup of comfort on a cold winter day.
9. Hand knits. It's so satisfying to pull out the handknit wool socks. . . the scarves, hats, mittens . . . the cozy sweater . . .the afghan. Winter is the Knitter's Season!
10. Snow days. An unexpected day off is a great time to recharge and relax while hunkering down and escaping the elements.
See! Winter's not so bad now, is it?
How about YOU? What do you like about winter?
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