I hate the short daylight periods of the winter months. I do not think I could survive an Alaskan winter. However my mood is on the upswing now. According to the sunrise-sunset charts we have 20 minutes more of daylight than we did this past December 22 here in Columbia. We are over the hump and things are looking brighter. Besides we have had three 80F degree days during the past week. I have been able to enjoy the outdoors a lot because winter has not happened so far this year.