But today I feel a bit better. I've dug out my Yaktrax and can't wait to get outdoors again, to enjoy the beauties that only winter can bring. I heard that the ice is now safe on Moreau Lake, so the fishermen will soon be out, enjoying some peaceful solitude and maybe a catch or two.
It rained today, and if I'd gone out, I might have found crystal drops dripping from Red Osier boughs, or a misty fog lifting from the frozen surface of a lake, as in the photo at the top of this post.
All that rain must have filled the brooks, and as the temperatures fall as predicted this week, I can expect to find exquisite ice formations along their tumbling courses.
If I get out early enough, I should be able to find the branches that overhang those brooks soon covered with feathery hoarfrost.
And if we're REALLY lucky, we might get some beautiful snow!