It's absolutely horrible outside: it's cold, stormy, rainy, and it's been really dark all day. And I mean REALLY dark. This is the time of year that I really look forward to the solstice because the darkness alone is enough to make me want to stay inside and curl up with something good. I really need that date on the calendar that signifies that the days are getting longer again, even if it won't be noticeable immediately. Knowing that the shortest day is about to happen (on 21st Dec.) is enough.
But add rain, high winds, and low temperatures to the darkness and all I'm saying is that, since I don't have to go anywhere else today, I won't.