"Do any of you know how incredibly long winter seems in climates where for weeks together the thermometer stands at zero? There is something hopeless in such cold. You think of summer as of a thing read about somewhere in a book, but which has no actual existence. Winter seems the only reality in the world."
—Susan Coolidge, What Katy Did at School
Winter is really getting to me this year. It's been so cold, and the streets were never plowed after the snow, so we've been driving around on hard-packed snow (which is slowly turning into ice) for a couple of weeks now. On top of that, the air quality is terrible! I'm not asking for spring—yet—but perhaps a teeny-weeny thaw, just enough to get that nasty snow off the roads? Oh, and while I'm making wishes, could our city please buy—and use—a couple of snowplows?
I get grumpy when I have to go out, because I hate driving on the terrible roads, and because it's so, so cold. But I'm also feeling a bit crazy from staying inside, because I don't want to go out, because it's so cold and yucky out. So basically, I'm disgruntled either way. I think my bad spirits are starting to rub off on the kids, which needs to stop! But I'm way past the point where drinking hot cocoa or sitting in front of the fire or reading The Long Winter is going to get me excited anymore.
What do you do to keep your spirits up in the winter?