The Winner of our Artful Soap Giveaway…

Congratulations to Kimberly, who won our Artful Soap giveaway! (I’ve just sent you an email, Kimberly).

Thanks to all who participated. I especially enjoyed reading about all the ways that you celebrate winter, indoors and out, because this is the time of year when I sometimes need a winter pep talk.

I live at 9500 feet elevation in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, so winter is both exciting (because we get to play new sports) and long (because it doesn’t fully end until July.) Oh, I might wear short sleeves and sometimes even cropped pants in May and June, but as soon as the sun goes behind a cloud, I secretly wish that I wasn’t.

So, sometimes at this time of year, I have to prepare myself mentally for the start of a long winter by making a list of all the things I love about these many frigid winter months:

Here are a few:

  • Fresh corduroy on ski runs.
  • Icy ponds.
  • Irish Coffee.
  • The way my dog rolls in fresh snow, like it’s the best thing that ever happened to him.
  • My red snowboard with polka dot bindings. (Her name is Lucy.)
  • Snow forts.
  • When snow sticks on my daughter’s eyelashes.
  • Watching toddlers sled down snowhills that their dads have made.
  • The sight of steam coming off my husband’s head when he takes off his hat after a good, hard backcountry ski. And then sitting on the tailgate of his truck and sharing a Thermos of coffee.

There. Now I’m feeling better. Now it can snow.

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