One of my more annoying characteristics is that I can be a bit of a pollyanna sometimes. (Just ask Mary Jane. She tells me that sometimes she just wants to be mad, not try to look at the "bright side.")
With that in mind, let me just say that I am not a big fan of winter. I don't like being cold. Certain "issues" that I have practically guarantee that I am cold a lot. My hands and feet stay cold constantly during the winter. (Since I can't sleep with cold feet, sometimes I have to soak them in hot water just so I can go to bed. And we won't even discuss the fact that I wrap myself up like a mummy with a fuzzy blanket before I get under the covers...because the sheets are just too doggone cold.)
However, despite my lack of love for the cold, I can find happy things about winter. (Here's where I would say that if we didn't have winter, we wouldn't appreciate spring.) I love snow. I love it indoors, looking out. I don't mind driving in it. I don't like getting from the house to the car and from the car to my destination, but I don't mind being out in it. I like the feel and smell of winter. No, not the cold. The crispness of the air. The warm fuzzy feelings that the holidays bring. (winter smells like evergreen and pumpkin pie. what's not to like?)
However, probably the thing I am most thankful for in the winter is a warm bed. (at least at this moment. Tomorrow it might be all the pies that get baked during the winter.) There is something very comforting about crawling into a bed that is weighted down with a multitude of quilts, blankets and throws. I love snuggling down into the covers, pulling them up to my ears and drifting off to sleep. (It helps if you add a few big dogs lying on the bed to warm it up before you get in. Sort of like an electric blanket without the electricity.) Now if I could just figure out a way to stay in bed whenever I wanted...
So, how about you? What are you thankful for today?