it’s january. some days i feel like i’m in a winter slump. it seems there’s not enough hours in a day and i can’t accomplish what i want to. nature seems bleak and grey. evenings are cool and dark, but the cabin feels stuffy because i over-stoked the fire. other days, however, i wake up and go outside and the woods are alive with winter. last week we had had some freezing rain over night, but when the warm sunlight appeared the next morning, everything sparkled and a mist arose from the forest floor. snow was evaporating. trees were steaming. i don’t think i’ve ever seen anything like it. i felt very lucky to be able to experience the forest like this. i like having this right outside my door. i like that i can’t spend an entire day inside. i’m literally forced to go for a stroll when the time comes to eat a meal or use the bathroom. when the glumness of winter gets at its worst, something happens. you get a beautiful day and a reprieve.