Freezing cold. Whipping wind. School delays and school cancellations. Treacherous road conditions and winter storm warnings. Zipped up coats with hoods. Faces hidden beneath knitted scarves and mittens to protect your hands. Bitter. Bitter. Bitter.
That's been the week around these parts.
Mr. Winter is letting us know that Christmas is over, that there are no more holidays or merriment, and that he is definitely in charge.
"Suck it up buttercup!", he says as he tosses out another two inches of snow and a biting north wind that brings our temperatures down to 20 below.
Be that as it may.... I was looking at some pictures this morning and saw a theme form.
I've decided to call it - "In Your Face Winter!"
Winter can be nasty and keep you indoors, but if you have a big box, there is a million ways to entertain yourself. This one happened to be around our place this summer, but if you have any big boxes left over from Christmas, I challenge you to pull them out and crawl around. Endless possibilities!
This is Clive Staples Lewis. I love him. What better way to spend a winter evening then pulling out your favorite C.S. Lewis book, perhaps "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe", and disappearing into a magical winter place where animals talk, white winter witches get defeated, and winter eventually disappears.
Heat lamps are a fabulous way to beat back the chill of winter. Our piggies and baby chicks love them. Warm straw is helpful as well, a bit messy, but it vacuums up quite nicely.
In addition to the weather we've had this week, I came down with a cold. My ears are plugged, my nose is runny and I feel kinda washed out. I'd like to do this to old Mr. Winter. My nose might not be as clean as Will's but that would only add to my satisfaction.
Do I need to say anything here? Naps are always a good idea. You might want to wash up your knees before snuggling in but naps are a good idea whether you have dirty knees or not.
I know, I know, these might not be the best thing, however, if nothing else is working perhaps a little indulgement is exactly the thing you need. I think if you google "winter indulgement", links to peanut butter and chocolate drop cookies and potato chips will appear. I may possibly be wrong, but don't you agree they are dang good?!
If you are struggling with the weather that Mr. Winter is throwing at you, please try one or all of the above and let me know how it works out for you. Also, if you have any of your own ideas for beating back winter, please share.
We're all in this together.
Over and out and have a fabulous weekend.