What season do YOU think is the most wonderful time of the year? Is it winter?
I have something I love about each season of the year. I love the waking up of spring as new things grow and we are able to be more active outdoors again. I love the flowers of summer and being able to walk with bare feet. I love the bounty of autumn and watching all the living things around me prepare for winter. I love winter too, with its hats and mittens, snowshoeing and the peacefulness after a storm passes.
I have lived in places that did not have four seasons and it always left me feeling a bit disconcerted, as though I'd lost my place in time.
Winter officially began yesterday and so far I have to say it has been a bit of a disappointment. Last year at this time I discovered snowshoeing and spent an entire afternoon trekking through the woods following a pileated woodpecker as he flew from tree to tree. Thus far this year the snowshoes have been leaning quietly against the wall, waiting...waiting for the snow. I am holding onto the hope that January will bring me plenty of snowshoe-able snow.
Last year I also went ice fishing for the first time. Not one fish was caught, but I still had an amazing time with my friends. It has not been cold enough to freeze anything yet this year. So I'm also hoping for a long deep freeze that will let me spend at least one afternoon on the ice in the company of wonderful people, drinking beer and eating sausages.
And if we catch a few fish that's a bonus.