Welp – January whizzed right by. I know. I shouldn’t be surprised. And yet…

It’s been one of those months – a little of this, a lot of that. We had a fantastic snowstorm earlier in the month, but the latest nor’easter – huge disappointment! While Boston got walloped with a whopping two feet of snow, we got a measly two inches (maybe three…). Greg was happy – some nonsense about plowing our driveway (of death), and living to see tomorrow… Yada yada… 😉

Mornings have been cold – so cold we bought Chessie her first coat. She gives us the most pathetic hangdog expression when we put it on her, but she likes being warm, even if she’s too stubborn to admit it. And our morning walks never cease to amaze us – the lovely pastel sky, and snow that reflects blue in the dim light of dawn.

Half asleep, and careful of my footing on our slippery driveway (of death), I reached the bottom and started my trudge up the hill, lifting my gaze. 😮 Pink! Yep, my chin dropped to the frozen ground below me. Never has rolling out from under my cozy duvet felt so worth it – and that includes every degree below zero!

Late last year, I realized that I take the same photo every morning. So this year…

I’m collecting them in my Project365 app. Every morning is just a little different from the one before.

And while the temperature outside has been frigid, I’ve been comfy indoors, replotting book #2 – the story I drafted during NaNoWriMo 2020 – the story that has been patiently awaiting my attention (for more than a year). I was beyond nervous to open the file – to read that messy first draft – certain most of it was destined for deletion. I mustered my courage, though, and found – I’m loving the story! Yes, a lot has changed in my character’s world since I wrote it. Lots of revisions ahead. But I can’t even tell you how excited I am to be working on it!

And then, mindful of the promise I made about stepping away from my computer…

Winter is my favorite season to be outdoors – one of the many (many, many) reasons I love living in Vermont 💚

And there’s always time for sitting by the fire and reading. I recommend all of them!

I hope you’re having adventures of your own this winter – even if it’s just a little of this and a lot of that! What is happening in your neck of the woods?

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Sarah

    Yes! Winter is the best time of year to be outside. There is SPACE. 🙂

    1. Karen

      Such a good word! And while I don’t have any “words” of my own for 2022, I found that January was all about “balance.” I’m far from having that figured out, but it seems to be leading me to “open” for February. You may have been spot-on when you suggested I have a different word each month.

  2. Barb

    I like that you’re taking a photo at the same spot every day. It’s so interesting to see how the lighting and backdrops change. You’ve had lots of days with snowy, icy roads! I’ve been reading reviews of The Four Winds and have the sample on my Kindle. The problem is I have so many samples, I have trouble deciding which to start next. (I like having that problem….) It’s snowing hard here, and we’re under a winter storm warning – my favorite! We have a fire lit, and I made an Italian Casserole for tonight so will soon pop that in the oven with some garlic bread. Thankfully, not labor-intensive. I admire your diligence with the writing. Good Luck.

    1. Karen

      Thanks, Barb. I’m curious to see what the calendar looks like in the spring when everything starts changing. The weather here hasn’t been that bad – the road in the photo is actually my neighbor’s very long driveway. Since they’re weekenders, it doesn’t always get plowed.

      I liked The Four Winds, but it wasn’t a favorite. I liked The Great Alone much better. It was a popular book, though, so I’d be curious to hear what you think.
      Italian Casserole and garlic bread sounds delicious!

  3. alakis27

    I absolutely love your calendar! What a great idea.

    1. Karen

      Thanks! It’s something I had been meaning to do for a long time. Project365 is a free app, allows more than one calendar (I also have one for a daily memory) and is so easy to use!

  4. Beatrice

    It seems like I also take (way too many) photos from the same location, usually from the 5th floor window of our mill apt overlooking the Nashua River below. That pink sky would definitely make getting up worth it, such a beautiful sight, Karen. We definitely bested VT in the snowfall last weekend and more is forecast for this weekend, but we’re on the road headed to a southern destination, so will miss out.

    1. Karen

      The pink sky was definitely worth it. Enjoy your trip to a southern destination. I hope you get some lovely warm weather!

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