A few of you know I love winter almost as much as I love autumn. I love snow, bunches of it, piles of it, layers of it — before and after the holidays. Then, there are the snow days and ski trips — heck, I even like driving in the slick white stuff (unless there are major delays and accidents). I’ve driven TO the snow when it didn’t come to me. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. This morning, when there was frost on the pumpkin and my tomato plants, I took my coffee on the back patio and began looking for the signs of winter.

The Top Ten

10. The woolly worms are doing something… somewhere.

9. Squirrels are hoarding and storing their nuts.

8. It’s dark for the first hour at the office — they should turn on the lights.

7. Christmas merchandise has been displayed for about 128 days.

6. My right knee has stopped working — a sure prediction of impending snow.

5. The furnace went out, the car heater broke, and the in-laws are visiting.

4. The leaves from my neighbor’s trees are ALL in my yard now.

3. The weather people talk about wind chill — a lot.

2. Our cats are bulking up — seriously they really do.

And the number one answer is…

1. In the northern hemisphere, winter begins on December 22nd 12:30 AM (EST), the shortest day of the year.