On a fine spring-like morning, the world seems much less wintery in my corner today. The sun washes warmly over my face. The sky spans in a smooth blue ocean overhead. The birds are singing and fluttering with delight as they sense the awakening of spring. Alas, a few more wintery mornings are sure to awaken me with a frosty chill. For many reasons, I do love a dose of frigid, sparkling, white winter days. Truly, they are beautiful in their own right. The dry air brings pristine azure skies by day and mesmerizing starlight canvases by night. I love to romp and tumble in drifts to my waist, toss snowballs in a giggly chase of childhood, soar down the bank on the red runners of my old wooden sled, and tumble in to warm by a blazing fire with my hands wrapped tightly about a mug of aromatic cider. Cold winters are rich with warm memories. Without the barren landscape of winter, the fresh, awakening green of spring would lose its glory.