Reasons to Like Winter

by on Sunday, January 24th, 2010
The Quiet Time by Kim Zarney

"The Quiet Time" by Kim Zarney

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~Edith Sitwell

I suspect I’m not alone in having trouble enduring the winter months with a constant smile. These months of January, February, and March can seem truly bleak at times. We forget how often our surroundings affect us. The first snow we get seems magical, it’s clean and new. But then it mixes with dirt and turns to hopeless gray slush, leaving car windows and new winter boots spattered with salt and ice.

We really need a way to appreciate winter. Some sort of…mantra, to remind ourselves when we’re cleaning off cars in below 30 temperatures. Artist Kim Zarney seems beauty in these months. He told the Cleveland Botanical Garden that, “For me, the most interesting time of year is the quiet time —late fall, the dead of winter, and the very early days of spring. The time when the trees are bare, the underbrush is tangled, and the landscape finally opens up to reveal shapes and patterns hidden all summer.”

Winter is a time when mugs full to the brim with exotic hot chocolate flavors always seems appropriate, our friends gift us with handmade knit scarves to wear in bright colors to battle the dull grays, and snowmen come to life outside of our windows (and with a bit of imagination from the neighborhood kids).

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

winter collage

Soft collection of Snow – Print by woolandwater @ Etsy $18.00
Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows, set of 18 by thefoodsnob @ Etsy $10.00
Hooded Parka in poppy red @ Alloy ON SALE $74.90
Fownes Women’s Cashmere Lined Lambskin Leather Gloves @ Amazon ON SALE $31.50
1 lb. Homemade Original Hot Chocolate Mix by tetoncocoacompany @ Etsy $18.00
Isabella and the Bear print by dkjart @ Etsy $18.00

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