I have read several people’s facebook entries and blog entries today, many of which are singing praises because January is behind us and winter is on its way out. Most of these people don’t live here in Minnesota though. I feel like if I lived in a place where January really was near the end of winter, I’d be rejoicing too. But here in Minnesota, we have more snowy months ahead than behind us. Our ice out day(the day when the lakes turn this weird shade of blue and the ice suddenly disappears) is not usually til mid-April. The thought of nearly three more months of snow and ice and cold and bad roads is almost more than I can wrap my mind around. It’s about this time every year that I have the daily thought of jumping in the car with hubby, the dogs, and the kids and driving to greener pastures and never coming back. It really is a daily battle for me. So, I think that will be the first criteria on my list for the new place we are headed. Winter has to be almost over by the time we tuck January behind us.