Have I Mentioned the SNOW?
One Little Word . . . 2014

Truth Be Told

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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.

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(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 . . .

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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!

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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).

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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.)

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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!

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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