Due to the cyclical nature of the family business, many hoards of people have asked me over the years, “What’s your favorite season? [Insert current season here], right?” While I do love the whole year (Summer is all about riding, sunshine, fishing, swimming, busyness, friends, cooking, and activities! Fall is fall… this is the internet, I don’t have to explain why fall is lovable. Spring is too full of promise for anyone to truly dislike.), here is a brief dedication to our current season – and why I’m enjoying the heck out of it. With pictures.

1. Quiet

When the snow falls on leafless trees and quiet birds, few and far between, keep their cheeping to a minimum – I take a deep breath and savor. I love quiet. The music of noise has its charms, but there is no peace like the deep silence of snowy woods on a winter afternoon while the sun plays hide and seek on its way home for the night.

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2. Snow

There’s snow everywhere around my little cave. It is fluffy, shiny, soft, hard, and just about everything in between. It looks pretty, and it waters my mountain climbs. Lots o’ snow means lots o’ wildflowers.

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3. When snow does this

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or that

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It’s just PRETTY WHITE STUFF, oKAY?!

4. Fires

Winters are a lovely excuse for stoking up the stove just like our ancestors have done for thousands of years. There’s something about taking wood which has been cut from the land to heat a home – something right and simple, primal and natural.

Plus, nothing beats curling up by the fireside with a cup of coffee and a book.

5. Hot cocoa

Chilly weather + hot cocoa = happiness. Tis a truth universally acknowledged. There are so many ways to dress up cocoa, too. You can add any manner of spices or liquors, whipped cream or marshmallows. My personal favorite: add an extra spoonful of Valrhona baking cocoa and a touch of creamer.

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Yum.

6. Writing and art

Winters in the Cave mean reduced workloads and more time with hobbies. My hobbies are artistic and literary. This is a picture of my biggest manuscript to date – a leprechaun will help the stack of paper show scale.

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7. Sunrises

Later sunrises mean a better chance at getting pictures. Somehow… sunrises always seem a little more miraculous in the winter. Something about a reminder of life in a frozen world…

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Even Christmas sunrises.

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8. Staying indoors

O… the weather outside is frightful…

So let’s stay inside with books and slippers and everything nice while the snow piles up outside. If you think I’m kidding about the piling part, take a look at the view from my window.

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There’s a walkway under all that snow. True story.

9. Going outdoors

What’s the good of all that snow if you don’t make a few angels, ski a few trails, and get out to enjoy life?? And, in the mountains at 9000 feet, it’s entirely possible that the weather will be so nice that a girl can get a tan in a tank top at 30 degrees.

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10: Society

My social circle in the winter is pretty small, but I like it that way. I like being able to sit at a table with customers and chat about the weather, make friends like my pirate boys, or just hang out with family.

Part of my winter society is solitude. This used to bother me a lot, but I’ve grown to love it… thrive in it, even. I take the time to work on the inside of my skull, keep my mind sharp and my thoughts kind.

And that’s it! That’s the list.

What about you? What’s your favorite part of winter?

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