I Hate Winter!
January 13, 2011
I hate Winter. Well, I do like Christmas, but that is the only good thing I can say about winter.
As I write this, there are several inches of snow on the ground, and it is bitter cold. I am a cold person by nature - body temperature, not personality. Even in the summer, I often wear long sleeves or a sweater when in air conditioned buildings. In the winter, I very rarely feel warm. Usually at home, I am dressed in layers, wearing socks, furry slippers, and huddled under an afghan or fleece blanket.
I don't like snow either. Yes, it looks pretty coming down and covering the grassy surfaces. I don't like it when it causes hazardous driving conditions. Even when we don't have a major snow event, the streets get sloppy and cars get dirty. Often, you can't wash your car for some time because the roads are still slushy or the temperature is too low. Shoveling and walking outdoors for exercise are hard for me because, once again, I can't seem to dress warmly enough. My hands and feet get cold to the point of being numb, and I can't wear a scarf or ski mask because that causes my glasses to fog up. Every time I go out, it feels like I have to get dressed all over again - coat, boots, gloves, hats, etc. When I come back in, it's the same thing in reverse.
I only live about 5 minutes from work, so my car barely has time to start getting warm during the drive. At home, my car is in the garage, and I can warm it up before I leave. If I want to warm the car up before driving home after work, I have to sit in the cold while I wait. If it snows while I am at work, I have to tromp through the snow to clean the car off before I can even get in it to start warming it up. Brrr!
It seems like the furnace runs almost constantly, and I can just picture dollar signs adding up every time it comes on. I do spend more time in the kitchen in the winter because the oven helps warm up the house. Maybe, I can get some inspiration from The Ultimate Soup Cookbook by Neil Wertheimer. I may also check out the book Winter Day Play!: Activities, Crafts, and Games for Indoors and Out by Nancy Castaldo. I will concentrate on the "indoors" part, and anxiously await spring!