Friday, February 14, 2014

Winter In New England

Yesterday a messy storm hit the northeast after having sidled up the east coast. It was a wintry mix of snow, then rain, then more snow. Today the temps are supposed to hit 40 degrees so it'll likely all melt. My work closed early because the snow was coming down so hard but then I had to go out again because I am pet sitting a beautiful calico named Phoebe this weekend. Driving in a snow storm doesn't faze me in the least. I have 4wd and I've lived in New England my entire life. My childhood home sits on a hill and we often had to leave our cars at the bottom of the driveway and hike up during a storm. That's why I have so many pairs of boots (let's go with that). 

Whenever a storm hits my Facebook feed becomes littered with grumblings and I often find myself wanting to respond with If you don't like Winter, why do you live in New England? It's a valid question, don't you think? Every year from December to March you should expect cold temps and snow. So instead of putting effort into being unhappy why not find the reasons to enjoy the season?

Here are the reasons I love Winter:
* To be fair, I love all of the seasons and I can't wait to get back on my surfboard and wear my new wetsuit!

  • Tea lattes - it tastes like an early morning at your parents' house, wrapped in a fuzzy bathrobe and slippers, at least that's my take
  • Snuggling under a mound of covers, especially with a good book
  • Snowboarding
  • Hot chocolate (with a dollop of marshmallow fluff)
  • Going home to my Dad's and sitting by the woodstove and getting so hot it feels like my skin is melting
  • Soup, chowder, bisque - it warms you inside and out
  • Walking home in the snow - this might sound cold and wet but if you've ever gone outside in the midst of a snow storm you know that eerie quiet that comes with a snowstorm, the whisper of snow flakes rushing toward the ground - it's incredibly peaceful and quite beautiful
  • Sledding - admittedly, I haven't gone in a few years but growing up we had a ridiculous amount of fun creating sled runs
  • Ice skating - ok, here's the truth... my hockey skates probably have a mouse living in them in my dad's basement. The thought makes me cringe. They also are a decade overdue to be sharpened. But I love hockey, love, love, love and I think it's time I put those suckers back on and get my skating legs back under me.
  • Big comfy sweaters, scarves, mittens, wool hats, long underwear, wool socks, faux shearling-lined boots.

I could give you a similar list for the reasons I love Summer, which I might do once we get there, but I think what I love most is the balance. If you have too much of one season then I don't think you appreciate the other seasons. My Facebook feed is just as likely to blow up with heat complaints mid-July. Instead of complaining just look for the positive and find things to enjoy. 

This is how I feel about Winter...


1 comment

  1. Why have I never thought to put marshmallow fluff on my hot chocolate?


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