After a cold snap around Christmas, winter turned unexpectedly mild. January was gloomy and chilly, but temperatures generally got above freezing during the day, causing all the snow to melt and given the world a brown and dreary appearance.
I think one of the things that makes winter in Michigan tolerable is the snow. Not only is it attractive, it reflects light, and since the latest snowfall, things are a lot more cheerful.
Snow also absorbs sound, amplifying the natural quiet of winter. Before the weather changed, it felt like late November - no snow and the scattered holiday decorations hinting that Christmas season had just begun.
Now it's bitterly cold, with temperatures threatening to go below zero and fine powder wafting through the thin air. This is as it should be this time of year.
At least in this part of the state, bitter cold also brings brilliantly clear skies, and I'll happily trade sub-zero wind chills for some sunlight.
This is very much indoor weather, and I'm making use of it in terms of modeling and painting. When spring comes, it will be time to set up the garden and then the fleeting joy of summer will keep me outside. But for now I don't have to feel guilty about watching a movie or playing a game.