IowaCommute, hang in there, spring is around the corner!
IowaCommute, welcome home. I haven't been on the kitchen forum for a while and am glad to see you are still around! You have moved to the most beautiful part of the state IMHO. Are you near Decorah? So many beautiful hills, and a different plant ecology than the rest of the state, I believe it has some boreal remnants up there.
Today we have sleet/freezing rain in central Iowa sometimes lovingly referred to as "a wintery mix". But for a few days it will be warmer than the zero mark.
The trees are all white with hoar frost.
Here is a picture of our yard with the old swing set that sat in my DH country school yard that closed in the early 60's. His dad bought it and it has been here in the yard since. Off into the distance you can see some large round bales for the cattle. And do you see the spiral staircase going up the side of the grain bin? It is a new feature. It is invigorating walking up there and viewing the countryside.