When you live in a place that is cold and gray most of the winter (like Michigan), you can handle it a couple of ways. You can complain a lot, dream of warmer places, stay indoors, or go out and try to embrace it.
I try to do a combination of the last two.
My best friend Stephani visited us this weekend and we first embraced the winter by having a bonfire Friday night (after we dressed Lucy up in this ridiculous elf costume that Stephani bought her--thanks, Stephani!).
We got some rare winter sunshine on Sunday. It heated up the house (the whole side of our house is a wall of big windows), making us all a little lethargic, so we stepped out for a bracing walk on the lake.
I love the lake most in winter. I think it's at its most beautiful then.