Tuesday, March 10, 2015

5 Reasons I appreciate Cold, Miserable Winters

The month of February had record-setting temperatures and several feet of snow to go along with it. That kind of weather can affect your mood and force you to change your routine. You have no choice but to adapt to the situation. Although this may all sound bleak, I'm a believer that positive things can happen when you have to overcome challenges and struggles. 

Here are 5 reasons why I appreciate cold, miserable winters:

1) It forces me to put my usual birding routines aside and to think outside of the box: Lousy weather is what led me to a recent visit to a Butterfly Conservatory

2) Not matter how cold it is, I know that there will be Bald Eagles tending to their nests.

3) It's a great time to appreciate a good book or explore the Internet in more detail: If the weather is nice you won't catch me at home reading a book. If I'm stuck in the house I can read for hours and that includes getting more good information on subjects like birding or camping while daydreaming about nicer days to come. 

4) Taking a little break from birding might be a good thing: I'm not saying that I gave up birding altogether in February but my birding obsession was cooled off a little bit. It's always good to have a little balance in your life but I am definitely building up an appetite to get back into birding full swing once the weather improves.

5) A lousy winter makes you appreciate spring even more:
Even those who believe in counting their blessings can't help but take things for granted once in a while. It's part of human nature. If it was perfect weather 365 days a year I know that I wouldn't appreciate Spring as much as I do after a long, harsh winter.


Linda said...

Larry, what a great post. I love your photos, as always. I enjoyed reading your 5 reasons for appreciating cold, miserable winters. I do a lot of housework and organizing when it is really cold outside. I still like to take my walks but when it is frigid and icy outside I tend to stay indoors more. Roast chicken, chicken soup, a nice hot cup of tea or hot chocolate is great, too. :)

The Furry Gnome said...

Glad to see you're such an optimist! Your glass is clearly half full!

Larry said...

Thanks for the comments. The glass is always full if you think about it.Part of it is liquid but the rest is filled with air.

Kathie Brown said...

Larry, first let me say that, I love your butterfly photo!

I too, am winter weary and ready for spring. I try to keep a positive outlook as well and I also like to read a good book, or paint or blog. I have been trying to catch up on visiting blogs. I got so far behind. Hopefully we will both be out tramping the trails soon.

BTW, we have an eagles nest on our road but I have not seen an eagle on it yet this year. I hope they come back, but the bays on both side of the point have been frozen from al this cold!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Cathy said...

5) A lousy winter makes you appreciate spring even more
Truer words never spoken :)

Unknown said...

I can only reiterate Cathy's comment! What is spring w/out winter!!