We are in the midst of what I think of as "the tunnel", meaning the short, cold and often snowy days of winter. I didn't invent the expression, but got it from author James Michener after reading one of his books back in my teenage days. It stuck with me! I am not fond of these winter days, but try to keep an upbeat attitude as much as I can. Here are some views from my doors that I woke up to this morning:
Snow makes a good blanket for the garden and of course it is called the poor man's fertilizer. On the down side, two years ago the garden stayed snow-covered almost all winter and it provided a nice protected area for voles to live and breed. They were terrible in the garden that year! By contrast, last winter we saw almost no snow. I believe that allowed the voles to come out foraging more and be caught by predators so they weren't much of a problem at all this year. But gardeners have to work with what nature sends us, so I'll try to focus on the snow's protective and fertilizing work!
Yesterday I received something that really cheered me up: