(Other than making a beverage cold, I mean?)
Our winter thus far has been very unusual. Although there have been a couple of times when the thermometer dipped down to what we would expect in the first part of winter in our area, the majority of the time we've been experiencing what is typically early spring time weather in the north woods. Highs of nearly 30 degrees in the day and dropping into the 20s at night.
We've had one decent snowfall of a few inches, but it came on top of a terrible coating of ice literally covering the ground. The snow did nothing to make walking (or in some cases driving) any easier.
This picture was taken out our garage door across the backyard looking toward the beginning of our driveway on the left. My very well-intentioned husband thought that if he shoveled off the snow near the house (after said snowfall), the sun hitting the ice would melt it. This was about two weeks ago and all that has happened since then is for thicker, more treacherous ice to form.
Gravel roads in the area are much like our back yard. The road crews in the county have the main road in good shape, mostly free of ice but it's still necessary to watch for remaining slick spots.
Oh, I tell ya, it's dangerous out there. I know one has to learn to flow with what comes along, but these days it's been learning to slip and slide (and try to remain upright) with what comes along.
I just glanced out the window and saw this sunset illuminating the western sky with gorgeous clouds and color. If you look carefully down to the left, you can see our solar panels which we laid flat this morning because we've had such high winds for the past 36 hours.
I do understand why folks from this area go south for the winter!