Welcoming the Change of Seasons

What an amazing fall we’ve had here in the midwest. We’ve been experiencing beautiful sunny skies, warm temperatures, and the fall foliage has been a glorious palette of color, to say the least. As I’m writing this, it’s 72 degrees out, and Sawyer and I just walked in the door from our second stroll of the day. I’ve loved every single minute of it. I know a change is coming, in fact the temperatures are about to plummet to more seasonal numbers for our area, but I’ll worry about that tomorrow. It’s November and I’m outside in short sleeves. I’m such a warm weather girl and always have been. During the warm months, you will often see me out walking with my sweet doodle, or riding my bike with my husband, digging in the dirt, or taking a daily swim. I even take my work out to the patio table. I love everything about summer, especially the longer days.

Winter, however, is a different story for me. It usually starts to happen after daylight savings ends. The skies become a more gunmetal gray, the temperatures are cold and damp, and it’s dark by 5pm. I’m always in my pj’s early during the winter. This is the time when I want to turn into a bear, find a cozy den with lots of warm blankets, candles and my books, and disappear until spring.

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Artist Lucy Campbell

Think about how wonderful that would be for a minute. You wake up and it’s warm, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you’re skinny! Unfortunately, we humans are not built for hibernation, so we put on our boots, parkas, and scarves and deal with winter’s wrath. Now I know there are a lot of people out there who love winter and everything it has to offer like skiing, sledding, snow mobiles, etc….it’s just not for me. I don’t like being cold. The good news is my husband doesn’t like the cold either, and for this reason, we don’t have long term plans to stay here, though we do have a few more years.

So, my goal this year is to change my attitude, and take pleasure in what winter has to offer. Going for a walk with Sawyer after a snowfall and enjoying the stillness, a winter sunrise, reading or playing a game with my family by the fire while sipping hot cocoa (with marshmallows of course!), and who knows, maybe I’ll even try snow shoeing. Ha! That one may be a stretch, but stranger things have happened.

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January sunrise

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Brrrrrr……This was us on a particularly cold walk

I also purchased a “Happy Light” to use at my desk or when I’m reading, to help with the lack of light during the winter months. I found mine on Amazon.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

  –John Steinbeck

I couldn’t have said it better.

~May

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