It's been ten years since Watertown has had this much snow. And I'm not sure how long it's been since it was 39 degrees below zero ... probably last winter. This type of cold takes your breath away. You don't particularly want to go out but if you have to you can.
When we remodeled our house we added windows and glass doors in all the right places. We can see all the way around our property from most locations inside. We opened up the kitchen, dining and living room areas to each other, as well as to the sun porch. And while the master bedroom has an open design too, there is privacy when it's necessary. This idea opened up the entire inside of the house to the expanse of the outside, as well as it's all out natural beauty.
I'm not sure I realized at the time we were planning, just how much these ideas would compensate for, and make bearable, the long winters spent inside. We can make it through these three months without feeling hemmed in, anxious, or stir crazy. And for this I am grateful ... because if I couldn't see all of this gorgeousness going on around me, I'd be wigging out right about now.
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