In vain I have struggled. It will not do.
After ten winters spent in either New England or the Mid-Atlantic, I’m ready to call it: I am just not a winter person. I don’t like the way my body gets all hunched up against a cold wind, or the way it gets dark so painfully early, or the mess of tracked-in snow, or the canceled plans and sick-day quarantine, or the ice that makes walking scary and driving scarier.
Here are a few things I do love this winter, though — and I’ll point you to Modern Mrs. Darcy for more winter survival inspiration.
- Upping my sourdough game with the lamé a friend got me for Christmas.
- Reading good books. Most recently The Library Book, which my father-in-law got me for Christmas.
- Becoming an aunt for the first time! Only a few more weeks till we get to meet our sweet nephew.
- Seeing these girls really become sisters, not just sister-and-baby.
- Hunting for evidence of the bulbs I laboriously planted around the yard at the last possible moment last Thanksgiving. No sign they’ve made it yet, but I’m hoping for crocus and daffodils and tulips in just a few short weeks.
- Planning a Lenten mini retreat for our local Blessed Is She group with the help of friends. Semi-embarrassing admission: spending time thinking about how to help others grow spiritually is helping me think about the places where I need to grow, too.
What’s brightening your winter days? Or are you naturally a winter person?