A Fond Farewell to Winter

A Fond Farewell to Winter

Tess Wilson
Mar 18, 2011

With the glorious onset of Daylight Savings time, and the first official day of Spring happening this coming Sunday, I am determined to remind myself of the things I like about my apartment in the winter, before I get swept up in wide-open windows & sundress weather...

  • One of the very best things about living in San Francisco is that I can have at least one window open for most of the year. It's the best for sleeping. However, I live on a very noisy street, so there's always a trade-off: cool, fresh air and lots of yelling, or warm, stuffy, and quiet. The chilly months of the year allow for the best of both worlds. I will admit to still cracking the window many nights, just to get a teeny bit of fresh air, but it makes getting out of bed in the morning rather painful.
  • When it's warm and sunny and California dreamin' outside, I feel compelled to go frolic. But cozying up in my chair, strategically positioned between the bookshelf and the window, is one of the joys of winter. It's foggy and rainy and miserable out there, and I can just sit here staring out at it. Ah. Nevermind all the cold wet days when I was out there. Today we're just remembering the good times.
  • I've really loved living with my sparkly mirror garland all winter. Now that spring is on its way it feels far too icy- but what to replace it with?
  • The other best aspect of winter I can think of is not directly related to my apartment, but it may be to yours. In San Francisco even the greyest days of February are brightened by blooming cherry and magnolia trees, anemone, narcissus, and bleeding hearts. When cabin fever gets the best of me and I go for long rambling walks, the unexpected blossoms save my day. If you can see a flowering tree from your window, or if you have a little garden, you know what I mean.

What aspects of winter have you enjoyed in your home? Let's all meet back here in the late autumn, when the days are getting shorter and the fog is rolling in, and remind ourselves that there's hope.

Image: "Confetti Rain Droplets" by Julia Cho, via Apartment Therapy

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