Ten Ways to Make Winter Less Bleak
Winter, for those who know me well, is not my favorite season. I don't like cold. I like warm that leans more to the hot side. 100* doesn't faze me in the least. I LOVE it. Really, I do. I don't like sweating. I don't like smothering. But I do like hot weather. So here is what I do to make winter less bleak.
|Paige making snow angel 2008|
1. Turn on all the lights in the house. I don't like the long, grey and dreary days. So first thing I do every morning is start turning on lights. (And hating the electric bill when it comes.)
2. I like to burn my Scentsy warmer with the heavier, more winter-like scents. Like things with cinnamon. Or apple. Pine. Those kinds of scents. The heavy, clinging type. You know the ones.
3. I cover up with afghans and warm cozy blankets. Always. With the fan on. That's just how I roll. I have to have that cool breeze blowing over the top of those warm, snuggly blankets.
4.I put on socks. The rest of the year I live inside my house barefoot. But when winter comes I never take off my socks. Except to shower.
5. And who can get through the winter without stacks of books and magazines. I always have a book (in my case, it is my Nook) open in my lap. Watching TV; I read during the commercials. Talking with a family member; I flip through magazines. Always reading. Winter is for reading.
6. A large cup of something hot to drink. I drink coffee with French vanilla cream. Occasionally a cup of hot chocolate. If I am feeling under the weather I will mix up a hot toddy. A hot toddy, warming my hands, always makes me think of my mother!
7. Winter is also for de-cluttering. De-crapping. Can't go outside. Then go through a cabinet, a closet, a drawer. I don't go over-board (because there is a book always calling) but if I can't get outside, then it is good to clean inside.
8. Dream about a warm place to visit. When Richard was still alive we often would plan a vacation for February or March. The cold, dreary months. We went to the Panama Canal, Australia, Mexico....all during our winters at home. I probably won't travel like that anymore. But I can still dream.
9. I also like to write. So winter, when the skies are grey and the days are short, is a good time to write. I am planning my A to Z Challenge now. So I can get a head start maybe.
10. In the winter months I tend to my indoor plants. My orchids and African violets. The philodendrons. The ficus tree (that is dropping leaves right here as I type). The ferns. They all need more tender, loving care during these winter months. And once spring arrives outdoors they all go. To thrive. To flourish. Just like me!!
Now tell me, what do you do to chase away the bleakness of winter?