Unless you happen to live in Florida or another part of the country that wasn't impacted by historic dry spells or record-shattering cold and snow
, you're probably ready to exit this winter without even thinking
about looking back. I get it. Why should you be forced to revisit a particularly miserable season marked by glum weather reports, high energy bills, and Justin Bieber news?
Well, for one, here at MNN I reported on a whole bunch
of excellent stories this (almost)
past winter. I think that they're worth a second look in the event that you missed them the first time around because you were too busy de-icing your driveway with mozzarella brine
, planning your next glamping trip
, or playing Cat Bingo
. February was an especially banner month for intriguing stories about sustainable design, urban gardening, and planet-changing innovation, so much so that I had trouble singling out just five stories to share.
As to be expected, the usual suspects —tiny houses
, IKEA, Frank Lloyd Wright, energy-efficient lighting — all made repeat appearances throughout the winter, joined by a few other recurrent themes: London (there's lots of truly forward-thinking stuff going on across the pond), adaptive reuse (plenty of unlikely and ambitious building conversion projects from across the globe), innovation on the waste disposal and recycling fronts (a perennially popular topic), and micro-housing geared toward the less fortunate among us. And although many of my stories focused on things happening outside
of the home in the greater world around us, I also traveled to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show in January for a glimpse at what the connected home in the not-so-distant future will look like (hint: it involves brainy Crock-Pots
and multi-tasking robots
What’s been your favorite post of mine from this past winter? Was there a particular story that I missed out on that you would like to have seen featured? Are there any topics that you'd like to see me tackle this spring and beyond? And if you aren't already, please do follow me
on Twitter to keep up to speed. Happy thaw-out season, y'all!