This winter has had a real dampening effect on my psyche. It hasn't been particularly cold, but there's been a preponderance of dreary overcast days that, mixed with some practical problems I'm having in my life, has left me teetering on the edge of low-grade depression. It's probably less about the weather than my troubles, but I think it's fair to say that the weather isn't helping. At least the weather is turning around, however. I'm seeing some buds on trees and some of the early waking bushes are blooming. In another month, it will be downright beautiful. And that will hopefully lift my spirit a bit.