Tag Archive: Winter

I have discussed previously my love affair with Summer. It is by far my favorite season and I treasure it. But what about Winter? Well, let’s just say it’s complicated.
In years past, I suffered through winter. I barely tolerated winter. I complained incessantly about winter. But, I had an epiphany this year. Bottom line, I live in Northern Illinois (practically Wisconsin) and I’m not going anywhere, anytime soon. So, what do I get out of suffering through the season? Nothing! In fact, the more you resist time, the longer that time feels.

I read an article about how people who live in Norway celebrate winter for brining them opportunities to do things they love but don’t do during other seasons. They celebrate things like skiing and being ‘cozy’ and reading by the fire. I decided that there are things I DO truly love that I get to do during Winter.

1. Reading- what better excuse is there to curl up with a book when the weather outside is frightful?
2. Fires- I LOVE having a fire going in the fireplace! Just ask my husband.. I would have one going 24/7 if it wasn’t too expensive. The fire is so delightful.
3. Hot Toddys- not sure how to spell that but I do love myself a warm drink. Whether it’s simply some tea or if it’s an adult beverage, a nice warm drink can warm your soul. And since we’ve no place to go…
4. Snow- I love the beauty of a fresh fallen snow! Nothing compares to it. The pure joy and amazement on my kids faces when they see that it finally snowed is enough to make you cry. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
I plan to be as cozy as possible for the next 3 months and embracing what this time of year brings. Until March; then all bets are off! In March I’m sick of this bullsh*t.


Weird, it’s Cold

imageListen, I love summer as much as the next guy. Maybe more. No, definitely more than the next guy. He doesn’t understand and appreciate summer the way that I do. Summer and I just click, you know? I dream of Bob Marley and refreshing adult beverages and gardening and sun kissed skin and …. Okay, I got lost in a day dream for a second.

My point is- it’s February. It’s Chicago. It’s cold. Too cold for my liking? Yes. But, the funny thing about Mother Nature is that she gives zero shits about what I think. And, resisting it, complaining about it, suffering over it, is not going to change anything. It is going to get warm when it gets warm. We can’t change the situation but we can change our relationship or reaction to it.

You know how time flies when you are having fun? And, conversely how it crawls when you are miserable? The more you focus on this misery, the slower the time goes. So, what can we do about it?

– Focus on how the weather forces us to take a break (and that is a good thing). We are all so go-go-go all the time. We work too hard. It is -27 with the wind chill. Brew a cup of tea and open a book. Put on Frozen (again) for your kids and take a bath.

– Focus on the things that you normally don’t have time for. I HATE cleaning in the summer. In fact, when my husband mentions cleaning between June and September I just tell him “We don’t need to clean, just go outside”. So, use this time to organize and de-clutter. The less junk you have, the less you have to clean. Deep clean now, so that you can enjoy your spring.

– Focus on yourself. Before our lives get busy with t-ball and summer camp and weddings and pool outings, use this time to do a little soul searching. Are you happy? Do you like your job? Are you taking care of your health? Is it time to pick up a new hobby? I am using this time to focus on my business. I am doing the work now, so that I won’t feel bad taking some days off when I can enjoy them most.

– Focus on your fitness. Hit the gym! What else are you going to do?! It will warm you up, it will boost your immune system, and it will improve your mood. This is the time of year when people get depressed. Stop the blues in their tracks by breaking a sweat 3-4 times a week.

– Focus on healthy food and meal prep. Now is the time to use that crock pot, roast that chicken, make 8 gallons of chicken soup and stick it in the freezer. Go through all of those cook books collecting dust on your book shelf and try something new. Double and triple the recipes and freeze the left-overs. Your March and April self will appreciate it.

February is practically over. March is a wildcard, but usually better than February. Next thing you know it will be my birthday (April) and it’s all down hill from there. Until then, you can find me in my living room watching Revenge on Netflix. (Party at my house in June! Think bags, and sunshine, and coolers, and sandals, and summer dresses, and flowers, and happy kids with slightly drunk parents.)