Winter’s Gifts


“There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.”

~Ruth Stout



Today I have a post on my other blog, Living From Happiness, in celebration of Winter.  I have been contemplating winter and the gifts it gives us instead of thinking ahead with dread.  Here’s a short excerpt of the post…..



Winter is a much maligned season…..yes you heard me correctly.  When we say winter is coming, you don’t hear a joyful cheer rise up from the masses, especially if you live where there is snow.  No instead there are groans and grumbles.


DSCN8599It is cold.  The landscape looks brown or drab or worse covered in white for months on end.  Outdoor activities are limited.  And worst of all, it is dark and gray.  Especially dark….we rise in the dark, go to work in the dark, and watch the sunset before we return home from work.  We are eating in the dark, and if your internal clock is like mine, you want to go to bed by 7pm.  Not a bright prospect for a season.


So I decided a few years back that I had to stop grumbling and complaining about winter.  Instead I needed to find the good in winter…the gifts it brings us.  And once found, I needed to embrace these gifts, and believe in the wonders winter can bring.  And I do mean believe, for as we know our perceptions about something can color it either positive or negative.


I believe it is time to give winter the credit it is due.  To bring winter out of the darkness, and into a more beautiful light. And I want to share winter’s gifts with you now, as the season approaches.


So what are these gifts, you ask?  Take a look……





I hope you will pop over to read more about winter’s gifts….




As the solstice approaches and we ponder winter’s gifts, please join me on November 30th here, at Gardens Eye View,  for my quarterly meme, Seasonal Celebrations.  





 Please join me on November 19th, for the next issue of the newly published on-line magazine, Rural.  I will have an excerpt of this post in the new issue.

The magazine is the creation of Jen@ The Light Laughed.  Many of you may know Jen already from her new blog or from her days writing at her old blog Muddy Boot Dreams.  I recently did an interview with Jen which was quite a treat for me.

I hope you will check out the last issue of this free online magazine.  You can sign up to read the new issue of Rural here.



Next up on the blog:  Monday I will have another Native Plant profile for you to enjoy.


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