There is no secret that I love winter.
I have said it a thousand times before (AND, some of you are probably SCREAMING: OH NOOOOO She's on that WINTER subject AGAIN!!) but I would have a VERY hard time if I lived at a place with constant summer.
Here is my winter list.
Gosh, it is so serene to just watch the snow fall. I get so energized and yet peaceful.
* Cold weather!
I tell you what, I’d rather have 14 degrees F (-10 C) than 45-40 degrees (6-10 C). It is very damp here in the DC area, but the dampness disappears when it gets really cold. Then it is just perfect and dry!
* Winter walks.
Peter is getting more keen on getting up earlier on a winter’s morn to take a long walk. He’s appreciating it, even though I am the gal who kicks him out of his warm and cozy bed.
* The darkness.
Well, it isn’t really dark here in the DC-area, not if you compare it to Scandinavia. I have zero problems with the darkness. I never had a problem with the dark while living in Sweden, either.
* The nature.
I am a person who loves bare treas. There is something so appealing with a stark, bare tree against a clear (or cloudy, for that matter) winter sky. It is very graphic, and great to capture on photos. Actually the nature is so peaceful during this time of the year.
* The light.
WHAT is she saying??? She just said she likes the dark! I do! I like BOTH! The light here where I live is stunning during the winter. The days are usually sunny and clear. We do get our sun light living here, lots and lots of sunshine all thru the year.
ON MY MISS-LIST!
OH my GOD, how I wish it could snow more here! This year we have gotten some paltry storms, but it is still BETTER than last year when we got NADA! I still dream of the winters of 2004 and 2010 when we had LOADS of snow. True Annika-weather!
Ice to skate on, ice on a lake/sea to walk on (if you know it is thick as can be).
* Winter vacation, or Sport’s Break, that the kids have in Sweden.
YOU get a week off from school during February or March. A lot of people go skiing then. I wish the schools in my county would have it, too.
* I miss the BLUE HOUR!!
The blue hour is a phenomena that occurs on a winter’s afternoon right before sunset. It is magical to see the snow turn blue. The Blue Hour was very present at my grandparents farm. I’ll never forget it.
Guess what I could do?
I could easily move to Alaska, to Newfoundland in Canada, to Kiruna in Sweden, to Trondheim in Norway or to Rovaniemi in Finland. I would love it, I would have zero problems dealing with it. None.
In my next life, I hope I’ll be reborn in one of those places.
Have a lovely winter’s day, you’ all!!