Love it/Hate it: Winter in Vermont

We had a rainy weekend.  It was the kind of rain that melts the snow, allows you to put on a slightly lighter coat and might just trick you into thinking that winter is on its way out and spring is walking in through the out door.  But then, just like always, along comes a huge snow storm that brings about 2 feet of fluffy white stuff from the sky and deposits it outside your front door, all over your car (with twice as much at the end of the driveway where the snowplow came by!), and you officially cannot believe it!

This is about the time when many Vermonters start cursing winter’s name and day-dreaming of mud season.  I caught myself nearly falling into this trap on Saturday when I was on my way to the Vermont Flower Show.  I noticed a large patch of grass outside my window–sign of spring, right?–so before I got ahead of myself I quickly thought of some of the things I love about winter.

Here are 10 things that came to mind:

♥ Hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream

Homemade soups

♥ My CSA share from Pete’s Greens (which I’ve missed dearly)

♥ Skiing with my husband

♥ A white blanket of snow that hides my unfinished yard work from the fall

♥ Fires in the woodstove

♥ The way my cat practically melts into the rocking chair in front of the woodstove

♥ That morning wake-up call via a burst of cold air that hits your face when you first walk out of the house

♥ Watching lots of movies—guilt free ‘cause it’s cold outside and we ain’t goin’ nowhere!

♥ Shoveling OK, not shoveling exactly, but the paths we clear through the yard can make a kinda cool maze

Not everything about winter is great, but much like hope, spring springs eternal!  Vermonters just need to be a little more patient than most.  What are some of your favorite things about winter?

We have 3 feet of snow out there today according to the snow gauge!

This is our cat, Lily, doing her Lily Tomlin impersonation.  {little Lily, large rocking chair}

Your comment