If you want to hear how much winter sucks, you can stop reading. I am in a very positive mood this morning and I am determined to find at least a few positive thoughts about living in frigid temperatures for several months every year. So here it goes:
- You really, and I mean REALLY appreciate the small victories such as reaching the freezing point for a day or two in the middle of January.
- Nothing quite compares to the 'morning after' when you wake up to a fresh blanket of snow. Blue hour is truly blue and soon gives place to a million of sparkles as the sun comes up.
- Shoveling snow, if done properly, is really good exercise and works muscles you don't even know you had.
- The drip-drip-drip of the snow melting from the roof in the spring is music to my ears.
- The first precipitation in a liquid form makes you want to dance with joy.
- Witnessing the first green shoots of the crocuses under the snow is like finding a treasure.
- The call of the chickadees answering each other in their mating call is even sweeter than my favorite Ed Sheeran song.
- And so many other little things that most take for granted: Seeing the blacktop of my driveway after months of packed snow and ice, being able to actually stop at stop signs, not having to worry about your fresh food freezing instantly in your cart between the grocery store and the car...
Okay, it sounds like most of the positives I could find actually happen when winter finally gives way to spring in April, or May... But warmer temperatures are finally right around the corner in Minnesota. Today already, at -18C/0F and sunny, it's starting to feel a little bit like spring ;)
How was that for a positive outlook on winter?