I must admit, the first two winters after moving up to the Northeast were tough for me.
The first winter dragged on; I was not used to such a long, isolating winter and depressed having moved so far from friends and home.
The second winter was cold but with plentiful sun and little snow - until February hit.
Blizzard after blizzard dumped record amounts of snow on us, and we spent every morning trying to clear the mountain of snow off our roof and dealing with issues such as ice dams, cracking ceilings, a leak in the roof, and water damage to the floor of our bedroom.
We honestly laughed a lot that winter. When you're up on a ladder every single morning looking absurd trying to clear snow off a roof with a rowing oar (because you've already broken your roof rake and there isn't another one to be had for miles around), laughing is really the best option.
But now it's our third winter here. And while I know there is still plenty of time for winter to whammy us, so far winter has been - dare I say it? - almost pleasant.
The first half of winter was delightfully mild, and now that the temperatures have dropped, we have gotten a wonderfully normal (knocking on lots of wood here) amount of snow.
Of course, weather must always be strange, and we got a surprisingly wet snow, the kind that clings to everything and turns the world into a quiet wonderland.
I am amazed at how snow can cling to every single branch and surface.
Young branches bowed nearly to the ground, and the tops of the flexible pines curled from the weight of the snow.
Thankfully no trees broke, though in spring we may find a good number of downed branches.
Every wire on the vegetable garden fence turned into thick white ropes,
and every branch was outlined in white.
This year I am thankful for the snow. As temperatures drop from the blast of arctic air coming down, my plants are safe and snug under the insulating layer.
And I am finding beauty in this winter wonderland.
I hope everyone is staying warm out there!
And I wish everyone a beautiful and peaceful winter.