This morning, I have Minnesota envy.

And I miss my Minnesota friends.

MN is having temps in the 60s and 70s, I’m told. Here, we had 10 degrees this morning. There is still lots of snow on the ground.

I cannot complain. My first winter in Vermont has been the easiest and warmest winter I’ve ever experienced. If you can get through a northern MN winter, you can get through just about anything. Forty five Minnesota winters have trained me well. Seriously, my biggest freakout here in Vermont (which I’ve since gotten over) was learning to drive the icy mountain roads. I discovered that they are not as bad as they look. Snow tires are a must. So is common sense. All wheel drive is very nice. (I drove rear wheel drive for many years in Mn. Dicey, to say the least!)

I’ll just take a drive in the Vermont mountains later today (it is impossible to go anywhere without driving in the mountains) and the Minnesota envy will disappear, even if it is 20-30 degrees cooler here in VT. I’ll just look at the mountains, go crazy with happiness, and deal with the temps. I can do it.

I may take a XC ski, too, right on the hill/mountain out my back door, if I can summon the energy after recovering from the kick -ass flu.