Thursday, February 6, 2014

Winter Lamentations

I've appreciated the beauty of the freshly fallen snow.
Our boys have spent hours playing outdoors in the white stuff.
We've had several sledding adventures, even Remy got in on it!
 I have loved sledding!
Somehow, though, I manage to head straight for the prickers every. time.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed going to a hockey game.
I've taken advantage of many cold afternoons by wrapping my hands around a hot cup of coffee.
And even though the sunsets come early these days, 
they're breathtaking.

It sounds lovely, doesn't it? Despite trying to embrace winter, however, I've got a few qualms. May I?

Let's start with the cold. We have had weeks that never reach above freezing; there have been days where the high temperature is 5 degrees, that's uninhabitable! It becomes painful to go outside. We've spent a small fortune on oil despite the fact that we try to keep the heat fairly low; fur lined slippers have become my go-to footwear. I've managed to find a little bit of humor in the frigid temperatures though; when I look at the thermometer and it says: 1°,  I laugh and say out loud, "HA! One degree!". For some reason that's funny to me.

We used up our summer crop of vegetables by November, so all the fruits and veggies we are eating have traveled many miles and passed many hands to reach us. There's a lack of vitamin D in our lives. Also, our skin is dry and pasty, our lips are chapped, our hands are cracked, the inside of our house hasn't seen fresh air since October.

Since running outdoors is not a viable option, I've tried to exercise by following videos I've rented through Amazon and no joke, the only one I've done more than a handful of times is a Jane Fonda yoga video. Between Miss Fonda, the other ladies in the video, and myself, I'm the youngest by at least 25 years. I'm not feeling like a spring chick though- my knee is sore, my lower back aches, and my joints are stiff.
Remy is like, "I feel your pain, sista".

BUT, There is a light ahead, as spring is inevitable. It may not get here as soon as I would like, but it's coming. And I should say that now when I see that it's going to be at least 30 degrees I get  excited, that's kind of warm to me (perspective). I plan to take full advantage of the truly warm weather when it comes . Yes, you can bet your bottom dollar that when the sun does comes out tomorrow, I'll be smiling. Until then, I'm going to keep *trying* to embrace this old man winter business. I'm hoping to get some ice skates again, maybe take up snow shoeing. And I'll take advantage of my time indoors by organizing our home, reading books, cooking savory dishes or soul warming soups, and tackling lots of craft projects.

And who knows, maybe if I get reallllly ambitious, I'll even blog about it ;).

P.S. I didn't even mention my fear of driving in the snow, let's not go there.

P.P.S. Thanks for reading. Anytime someone tells me they've read a post, my heart skips a beat.


  1. Love that picture of you landing in the stickers! haha! And, you made me laugh at the 1 degree comment too. Oh my gosh, that's COLD. I can hear you quietly missing our "warm winters", but you'll be the one laughing in summer, when we're frying. People should lament more often =)

    1. It's true, I think of SC winters longingly! But I almost forgot about the brutal summers, thanks for reminding me. I'm so looking forward to a gorgeous summer, hope you get to experience some great weather here!!

  2. I love reading your updates : ) You are not making us returning to winters very appealing by the way! ok, now lets be blog buddies I read yours, you read mine and we both get excited about someone reading out blogs! :) Love ya! no pressure though!

    1. Sara- thank you! And I am so awful for bringing up all these things, BUT luckily you are missing most of it, and your winters will be much more mild than in MA! Can't wait to see you guys. And of course, I'll check out the Dobee site, I love your designs!

  3. I hear you about the COLD weather, DRY skin & CHAPPED lips. sigh. Winter is hard on the body!!! So happy every time I see you have posted!

    1. Shelly, I did think of you when I posted this, as I know you deal with many more winter conditions than we do! Then, I noticed your post about the icy traveling conditions- yikes! Glad you to to enjoy some sunshine though :) Stay warm!

  4. Makes you wonder why you moved back to good ole New England, doesn't it?! We've moved more times than anyone should and we have yet to move somewhere WARM. Something is wrong with us. :) Glad you're finding the beauty in the cold, crazy days of winter! Love your blog!

  5. Thank you, Becky! Yes, you have endured many moves *and* many cold winters. You've earned a warm vacation, or at least an early spring!!


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