if you know the Pacific Northwest, you know that this time of year things go dormant. Things get cold- then colder. Things get wet- then wetter. Things go dark- then even darker. I love the chill, the wet and even the early sundowns but many are known to get a little down. This morning I found this brightness of color, this fullness of beauty, this fragrance of freshness.... among the hibernation of winter. It reminded me of the peace that comes from within- the beauty that even though the outside elements may try and create the otherwise- we have a beauty that is bright, full and fragrant. Now, I thought that was pretty cool!