Surviving a Maine winter can be a long grind. After the holidays, things here slow down in more ways than one. After all the hustle and bustle, you're pretty much in it for the long haul, the 'trip' through January, February and all of March. And don't believe all that stuff you hear about March going out like a lamb either. In this glorious state, early April can be a winter month. One year, as we were readying to vacate the state for the warm climes of Florida, we got 12 inches of the 'beautiful' white stuff. My cures, for the seemingly endless winter season, are many. Stop me when you've heard enough. Projects! Get yourself a few and get busy. I have a creative, big one at work that can make early April come relatively fast. Gym! I hear lots of people go to this place. Sports! Watching the brackets in NCAA basketball unfold is always fun. Writing! I have plans for this. Cooking! Not every weekend mind you but if I get on a binge... Lookout! I made a killer corn chowder this past week. Weekend rides! Elenka and I often take 'creative rides' on weekends to the vast wilds of the state. She, looking for interesting locals and objects to paint and me, attempting to give the ol' Nikon a workout. Classes! I'm always looking for something to get the creative juices flowing. Start a Blog! Nuff said. Ok, I'm gonna stop, because most of you have stopped reading. Well, except for the overly polite among us. Oh, one last remedy... spend some time standing, like these horses, in the warm January sun. It can clear the blues for a few minutes. I'm taking baby steps here!