Although this has been the coldest – or at least snowiest – winter in the 7 years we’ve lived here., I must say it has also been the most beautiful.

The snow has conveniently fallen primarily on the weekends, and blessed us with some cozy, at home retreats.  The sheer depth of the snow has kept fields and lawns relatively untouched, so the brilliant white has not been overshadowed by the dirtier snow at the edge of the roads.

But why is it that winter tends to zap our energy?  Regardless of how well I plan my winter projects, I never seem to take advantage of the indoor hours as I’d hoped.  Tom  believes (only half kiddingly) that he suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, deriving from an insufficient amount of bright daylight, and can explain any lack of motivation as a result.

We are two-thirds of the way through winter “officially”, although the true feeling of spring is still much further off.   But the days are getting longer and we are seeing more of that daylight we crave.   Daylight Savings Time is only three weeks away.   That alone is cause for celebration.