"Barrow—one of the northernmost towns in Alaska—has about two
months of darkness in the winter, from about November 18 to
January 22. But in the summer, the sun doesn't completely set for
about 82 days" ~ source
I like winter well enough. As I type this, snow is gently falling, and it's all grey outside, and, well...
It's so much nicer than lightning, thunder, and hail. And yes, I do "love" winter. Let me count the ways
- No bugs. Yes, we need (many) bugs for our survival, but they bug me. Plus, if it has a stinger, I'm probably allergic to it.
- No pollen. Yes, we need plants for our survival, but I like it when they're asleep. If it's a tree, grass, or weed, I'm probably allergic to it.
- Playing in the snow. I live in Colorado, but I haven't downhill skied in YEARS - since before we had kids and Chaco's 25, so yeah. Skiing and snowboarding are fun, but relatively expensive and crowded. There are other enjoyable things to do outdoors in Colorado in winter - often made more enjoyable by points 1 and 2 above.
- Warm and cozy. When not playing out in the snow, inside is warm and cozy as opposed to swelteringly uncomfortable as summer can get. And I'm thankful to have a roof over my head. Not warm and cozy? Add another layer. We can only take off so much when it's hot.
- Cooking. I (sometimes) like to cook. I enjoy it more in wintertime than in summer when it's either grill or make the house even more hot. No baking takes place in summer.
- Wildfire season takes a break. Enough said.
- Reservoirs get filled up. Get ready for spring thaw!
- Revenue for our state. While I don't personally ski, lots of in- and out-of-staters do. I'll take it, while avoiding the crowds. Pot money only goes so far.
Linking up with Mama Kat this week for the prompt:
1. List 8 things you love about winter.