As always, I went to Madison, Wisconsin for Christmas to visit my brother and his family. As always, very very cold. And this year it was again a winter wonderland -- they had had a 20-inch snowfall/blizzard a few days before I got there. and the landscape was gorgeous! The natives are, of course, totally unappreciative of the beauty because they have to shovel snow and they will be living with it for months. But it really looked extraordinary. The snow came in almost horizontal so one side of a tree would be snow-covered and the other side bare. Sweet.