As I've mentioned, it's been a bit cold. Not unbearable, but just really cold. I attempted to put air in our tires yesterday at 7am and it was -11 degrees...I got through one tire. Besides things like that being a challenge, though, and having to dress extra warm in & out of the house, it's been beautiful. I've found myself not very motivated in a lot of areas - there is so much I had laid out on paper for 2016, but I can't bring myself to really do right now. And maybe that's just winter. We do what we have to do, and let the season be. I love the reset that the new year brings, but I also think January (and February & March if you live north) have a resting quality to them. I think it's okay that I'm not going out and doing all the things. Staying in and drinking a cup of tea is quite acceptable. Reading a book for leisure over starting that massive project - that's fine. And it's not as if I'm doing nothing - I have a full-time job. But I think working from home sometimes makes me things I need to be doing more than I am.
I've been feeling overwhelmed lately and a bit of paralysis regarding ideas I want to put into action. But I've decided to let winter be winter. Spring will come in all of its newness; it always does. Right now, I can focus on the work I have in front of me, the beauty of wintering in a real home, and the luxury of a bit more flexibility than we had last year.
The above photo is on Lake Superior. Kevin and I took a [short] morning stroll in Canal Park on Sunday (-18 degrees...yikes!) followed by a cozy breakfast in West Duluth. Slow paced life can be so good. Our day off (MLK day), we went out for another breakfast with friends. There is such perfection to being in a warm place with good people while the wind & snow continue on outside.
I hope you're enjoying the season in all its fullness :)