There's been a lot of grumbling around here about the winter weather. Yes, I agree that the snow can be inconvenient. But there is a keenly felt beauty to this season that you feel at no other time. So even though summer is my all-time fave season, today I am listing reasons to love the winter! There are oh-so-many!
1. No bugs. No ticks, no mosquitoes, no horrible black flies and deer flies that bite my bumby's skin. No gross bot flies. No spiders dangling down from tree branches and scrambling into your shirt. There are no annoying no-see-ums and no beehives to accidentally crash into. And no weird dried bloody debris in furry equine ears.
2. Amazing, snowy landscapes that have you believing the trail you are on is the 8th wonder of the world. And where are you? In your own backyard, that's where! Is this a painting by Currier & Ives? No, it is your life and you have the chance to enjoy it.
3. Woolly, fuzzy animals with big, yummy haybellies and clean, smell-so-good fur.
4. Duality abounding. Nature, after all, is full of polarities: hot and cold, wet and dry, high and low, light and dark, meager and abundant. Now is your chance to identify trees by their bark, not their leaves!
5. Knitting, wood-stoves, fun flannel sheets, colorful bulky sweaters made with Irish wool from Irish sheep, Ugg boots, big ole turkey tracks in the snow. Now is also a good time for hot lavender baths and reading biographies of people like Cleopatra and Catherine the Great.
6. The shocking hardiness of little birdies outside.
7. The shocking hardiness of the mail carrier.
8. Snowmen, snowladies, snowchildren, snowdrifts, snowshoes (including the borium ones), snowtires, snowskis, snowflakes, snow geese, snow hares, snow leopards, snow brumbies, snow days from work, and Snow White (I am sure she really loved winter...and probably horses too if you asked her). And one more thing: Snowcones, because they are just one way to keep winter going all year long.
10. The inspiration winter has given thousands of musicians, artists and poets across the ages to give us even more beauty to revel in as the days get shorter and the night stars brighter.