Perks in the dead of winter .

by Brittany Grace

When the grasp of winter feels too tight around our souls, I am reminded that this cold season offers us its own type of quiet beauty.

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Rolling hills in the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a calm palette of color.

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The morning sun creeping into my dining room and onto my sister’s face as we share a breakfast of  tomato grits and soft scrambled eggs.

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Flowering pea shoots that provide a lovely, subtle sweetness to fresh picked arugula and spinach.

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A friendly neighborhood horse with a penchant for conversing over a fence and snacks of red apple.

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These little glimmers during the often desperate feeling days of winter provide a warm contrast to the skeletal trees and barren ground. Makes me get excited about peeling off my boots and standing in front of the stove to make a big pot of soup.

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