In Vermont the official calendar shows that January has 109 days. It doesn’t really, but it certainly feels that way. One begins to yearn for sugaring season long about the second week of January, as the impossibly short days and the bitter cold takes hold of you, your home, your world. This year has been a winter of old — lots of snow and bitter cold, with intermittent and momentary rushes of thaws.
But the month also brought a rare treat — clear, smooth ice for skating. But only for a few days.