I find that this time of the year always catches me by surprise.
It feels like the days have been cold and short forever. You forget what the sun feels like. It only stays for a few short hours of the day.
When I still worked outside the home, I would go to work at 8 a.m. in the dark and come home at 4:30 in the dark.
Then all of a sudden, without warning, you realize that your days have gotten a little longer. Just long enough that it gives you hope. Hope to see you through the cold and snow for a couple more months. And a sense of relief that the longest part of winter might just lay behind us.