Winter Lust

The cold.  The snow.  The quiet.  The peace.  The vastness.

I've lived in this climate all my life, and by now I've usually got cabin fever with an aching in my bones for the warm sun to return.  An uneasiness settles in.

This year it's not the case.

I have a new lust for winter.

Maybe it's the naivete of our first year off grid... or spending more time outside... or the simple contentment with life... or a true connection to the days.

I suspect it's a little of these along with a lot of other reasons.

Mostly, I think it's because we were scared shitless about making it through our first winter... off grid... in a tiny house with five people and whether or not we'd freeze to death or kill each other.  Or both.

We're over the halfway mark, and so far we're a long way from either.

Ask me again at the end of March, but right now, I am having a love affair with winter.


  1. Congratulations for making it through thus far - it can only get better from here on!

  2. I absolutely share your lust! I think mine has come about due to the very late arrival of winter for us down here. We finally received a good snow a week ago, but, sadly, now it is melting quickly. I wish I could hold on to winter longer. Awesome news to hear how well your family is fairing!

  3. This is our first winter in Vermont as full-timers and I absolutely love the snow. It is such a different experience here in rural Vermont vs. the insane suburbs of SW CT.
    Wouldn't change a thing.

    1. I bet you're in culture shock this year! Best of luck.

  4. I will live vicariously through you. :) One day we will be off the grid. Right now, work makes it easier to be in the city but someday we will get there.

  5. So happy to hear winter has been a good experience. I do not share your lust for winter, but I am not cozied up in a tiny house and close to nature. Your family is creating a beautiful life and it is lovely for you to share your words and photographs.