The constant soundtrack of winter

I just did a survey of the outside of our house and counted no less than four down spouts, this one here situated right outside our bathroom window. For the next several months the snow will freeze and then thaw, freeze and thaw, over and over again, and at about the same time every morning we’ll hear water dripping from the roof down through the gutters and out onto the concrete and lawn. I don’t have any idea why, but the sound of the dripping water this morning made me smile.