winter sweet

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Nothing brings people together like subzero temperatures.  When the weather drips and drops and dances into negative temperatures, the majority are brought together indoors for warmth and companionship.  This makes winter a wonderful time for intimate gatherings focused on loved ones rather than the hullabaloo outside your door.

Knowing that we’re all experiencing the same freezing temperatures and snow piles and icy roads helps build camaraderie.  What’s more, when the spring comes, everyone feels an almost overwhelming gratitude for the simple pleasures of sunshine and warmth.
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A friend called yesterday to see how I was coping with the -20 daily temperatures.  Honestly? It makes walking Kinzie a little difficult, but I busy myself with small gatherings and crafting and reading and yoga and baking and cleaning and try to keep warm.  I wear Long Johns and sip hot coffee/tea/anything with steam.  To be honest, it doesn’t seem as much like coping as it does going through the season.

Minneapolis schools have been closed the past few days, and a handful of businesses have followed suit.  For the most part, my friends and I are reveling in the joys of good old-fashioned snow days.  Perhaps this has something to do with my affection for winter?  I love myself a snow day or three or seven.
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Now, winter wouldn’t be quite as nice without snow days, and so I decided my first rah rah rah project of the year would help brighten the day of someone who works year round, despite the whims of weather.  Dog walkers, snow shovelers, mailmen, and trash collectors are all eligible under this category, so perhaps this project continues through the season.  Either way, today I left a small gift for my mailman:
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