The wonders of winterPosted: December 30, 2012
You probably don’t have to be a long-time visitor to Life in the Bogs to know winter is my favorite season. I love it, most especially when there is snow. Snow is necessary for a proper, enjoyable winter. I’ve lived in places where they have rainy, dreary winters, and that’s no fun at all. If gray, wet days are what you experience during the winter months, I can understand not loving the season.
The key to truly enjoying winter is to getting outside to play. Sledding down a big hill. Ice skating on a pond (but please be sure the ice is thick enough for skating). Snowshoeing. Cross-country or downhill skiing. Hiking in the woods or around the neighborhood. Admiring the twinkling of the holiday lights or the sparkle of sunlight on the snow.
There are quieter pursuits in winter, too, that I enjoy. Curling up with a good book in a comfy chair near a roaring fire in the fireplace. Sipping hot cocoa. Snuggling with my favorite person (or one of the cats, if they deign to join me). Watching movies that we saved for the winter months. Knitting. Playing cards or board games. Putting together a big jigsaw puzzle. Cooking up big pots of soups and stews.
My hike around the Holden Arboretum was delightful (once I got over my little tantrum regarding the skiing incident). The air was fresh and crisp. The clouds cleared up for a little while, right around sunset. It was hard work at times, trudging through some deep snow, but well worth it (especially when the endorphins from the exercise kicked in).
One of my goals this winter is to try snowshoeing. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years, and somehow never get around to it.
While I do enjoy cross-country skiing, I suspect I will enjoy snowshoeing more. I love hiking, and snowshoeing, it seems to me, is hiking with extra equipment strapped to your feet.
What is your favorite winter activity?
I have lots to share with you from the Holden Arboretum and from yesterday’s outings. I finally got in some quality cross-country skiing time. I skied for an hour here at Breezy Acres, then M and I went to Quail Hollow State Park and skied. I skied with M until my legs were too tired, changed into my hiking boots, and went for a walk in the woods.
I wish I had the words (and the writing ability) to describe how peaceful it is in the woods after an abundant snowfall. Other than the occasional birdsong, the only sound is the whoosh of snow as it falls from the branches of the trees.
Today I’m off on another adventure, of the indoor variety. I’m sure I’ll want to share something of that with you too.
That should do it from the Bogs for now. Thank you for visiting. I hope you’re having a fabulous Sunday, whatever season you’re experiencing.
Be good, be kind, be loving, just Be. 🙂