I’m sure glad the days are getting longer, and the temperature is warming up. Aren’t you?
While the winter temperatures are still cold and the white stuff is on the ground, let’s celebrate with some winter fun.
That’s was this issue is all about. You know how much I look forward to the sun. And if you’re anything like me, you’re right along with me dealing with the challenge of the winter blues. Let’s change that.
Let’s have bunches of Winter Fun.
The young lady on this issue’s cover has it made. She’s warm and toasty in front of a roaring fire hot chocolate at the ready, with marshmallows, and a fun puzzle. Take a look at all the winter fun going on in the puzzle: ice fishing, snow-going, visiting with friends over something warm and yummy, being outside. Everyone on the cover looks like they’re having winter fun.
I landed in Alaska in 1996. I remember asking my new friends how long they’d lived in here. The people I spoke with, who were long-timers, always offered advice on living here. They specifically gave tips on how to get through the winter. The consensus was how you got through the winter was an indication of how long you’d stay in Alaska. The more you enjoyed winter, the longer you’d live here and the happier you’d be.
I have to really manage my thoughts I have about the cold, dark winter months to stay in the light – if you know what I mean. I want to focus on the good things.
I want to get outside. I want to be with people. I also fight against wanting to sleep all the time like a hibernating bear.
Look to the light. Look for the good things around you. Count your blessings. Love.
This is my advice to you this month. Go out and have some winter fun.
PS We have a new contributor with us this month. I want to make sure you don’t miss her family-friendly winter fun ideas. Her name is Caitlyn Leathem, and her story is on page 22.