While the midwest braces for brutal winter cold, the daffodils are getting ready to bloom in the northwest. I have always liked winter here, perhaps because I grew up in Ohio and lived through many, many cold winters. It is always mild here and snow is somewhat rare. It is a more civilized winter that allows me to take long morning walks with Barney. It is often, like today, cold but sunny, with blue skies. So I don’t mind the brisk chill. the mountains are out, and folks enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. It is why I moved here.