While not particularly cold, snow-freezing rain is falling, and it seems sunless.
What I find most trying at this time of year, is keeping the entry-way of my house clean and tidy. Even with only two people in the house, the front hall is littered with boots and shoes and dirty salt/snowy puddles. I seem to be continually mopping! We've tried boot trays and mats, nothing seems to work.
My niece is beginning a course just south-of-the-border next week so will be spending a couple of days per week with me over the next few months to make the traveling back and forth a little easier. She is bringing her dog Fritz with her...I can only imagine what mess snowy Fritz-marks are going to be like all over the house! Geeesh!
The forecast, however, over the next few days is for ever-increasing temperatures and rain, so with a bit of luck all this sloppy wet-stuff will wash away and we can greet February with longer days and a slow climb out of Winter and into Spring.
I guess the answer is just to stay in, stay cosy...
and dream of Spring!