I have yet to set up my strobes in 2011 because we have had snow, gray skies, and this window in our dinning room that has shutters.
I keep this plant stand nearby because it is the perfect height for letting light from the snow outside, which is like a big soft box, to fall on the subject at a low angle. I can use the open shutter as a bounce card, and control the strength of that light by opening or closing the slats.
So see—there is something to appreciate about our cold winters. Happy shooting!