- A bowl of warm soup is good thing. Personally, I would eat soup in any season, but there are those who think it is only for cold weather and they look at you funny if you serve them a steamy mug of squash soup on a hot day.
- Holiday decorations, especially lights, add a festive touch on dark nights. I do not go all out with the decorations myself but I do like to take a ride around town and see the places that do.
- Some days are so bad I am forced to stay in no matter what I think needs my attention in the outside world. I can just be appreciative that I have warm shelter and some soup on the stove.
- Baking. Again, not something I do a lot of myself -- but how very nice to be thought of by those who do. When I do feel the urge to bake, there is the fragrance and the warmth from the oven.
- Flannel sheets on the bed -- especially now that I have a sweet gentleman friend who sometimes slips between those sheets with me.
On the other hand:
- It's dark all the time (well, most of the time)
- It's cold and often slippery.
- Wind chill winds.
- Winter clothes -- heavy socks, long underwear, thick sweaters, jackets and coats, gloves or mittens, hats and scarves. Boots. Who enjoys being so weighted down? These things are bulky and itchy and they constantly get in the way.
- Christmas music, which started playing on one local radio station on the first of NOVEMBER. Christmas music played on Christmas Eve is quite enough as far as I am concerned.
- Crowded stores and long lines of traffic on the streets and all the associated crankiness.
- Discussions about "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays."
- Flu shots. Or the flu.
- Slush and wet feet.
- Slush and slush covered cars, inside and out.
- Static electricity.
- Missing loved ones no longer with us.
Perhaps you can see which way the scales are tipped for me.