I've heard it said that the northwest is a good place for writers . . . as it rains all the time, and so they just stay indoors writing. That isn't exactly true, as the summers and early falls here in Oregon are gorgeous. But compared to Colorado, it rarely snows. We're having a hard cold snap here this week though. It's 22 degrees outside this morning, and it snowed last night. JC and I have plenty of food and firewood, and we really are just going hole up here today and write. Here's a shot of the tree in our front yard. It's a winter wonderland out there.