Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Benefits of a Cold Snap

Copy of Lorna I don't know about you, but I'm totally SICK OF WINTER--and it's only January 9th.  Officially, we've had winter for almost three weeks.  Those weeks of cold, snowy weather that happened before the Solstice were apparently faux winter.

The forecast has been bleak:  snow, snow, and more snow.  But there are benefits to winter, and believe me, I had to look high and low to find them.

Natural gas flame First off, I'm staying home more and saving lots of money on gasoline for the car.  Of course, the furnace seems to be on 24/7, so we're making up for it by using a tremendous amount of natural gas to keep this place almost warm, so we'll probably be in the red for that.

Porch freezer1 I have a new giant freezer.  It's called my porch.  We ran out of space to put the Christmas goodies about mid-December.  Not a problem.  We just put them on the porch.  The temp hasn't risen above 30 out there in at least three weeks, so the cookies are still frozen, as is the big bag of ice.  All the craft beers hubby received for Christmas are nice and frosty, and I froze a big vat of turkey soup, which I first cooled outside, and then put in individual containers to freeze, so I wouldn't have to take up a third of my fridge/freezer to store it.

No skiing Oh dear.  That's only two good things.  I'm not into winter sports, like skiing, sledding, tobogganing, skating, or snowmobiling, and even if I'm not cold, seeing all that snow outside makes me feel like I should be either hibernating, or eating or drinking something fattening to make sure I survive this long, cold, lonely winter.

There must be other good things about winter.  Can you think of any?

30 comments:

Mare said...

The only good thing I can think of is that I have more reading time now. The holidays are over, I have no yard work calling to me, and since no one else wants to go out into the cold I don't have to worry about dusting as often. (As if I did. LOL)

Lorna Barrett said...

I'm with you, Mare--I dust the house twice a year, whether it needs it or not!

Carol Brown said...

More reading time! By the fireplace (proplane gas logs; allergies to wood ash), hot tea or cocoa; dog in lap.....I love it!
Carol Brown

Dru said...

Reading is the perfect activity while we hibernate from the cold.

Watching movies snuggled in a blanket is another activity to do while it is cold outside.

Also nice to do some quilting.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you Mare for writing my comment...we think alike..LOL

jbstanley said...

i am a summer girl - can't stand this Arctic blast. All I can hope is that it keeps people inside reading cozy mysteries!

Lorna Barrett said...

Reading, movies--that sounds good! But what can we do with all this snow? Any ideas? (Ship it to the arctic to help prevent global warming???)

signlady217 said...

I detest the cold! I don't like it too hot, either, but that's another rant. I haven't been out since Tuesday, and have to get to the post office to mail a package for an elderly friend, so I will venture out today. I may make a few stops along the way just to get some fresh air, but the cold stuff should just stay up in Canada where it belongs!

Heather Webber said...

Allergies! My son hasn't had a sniffle, sneeze since early December. Well, except for when we volunteered at the shelter and we realized after 16 1/2 years that he's allergic to cats.

Helen Kiker said...

Time for reading and for playing computer games is perfect right now.

No snow boarding for me but we do have to allow for the younger set.

Helen

Mason Canyon said...

Besides reading, the only other thing I can think of that winter is good for - I don't feel as guilty staying on the computer since I can't be outside doing yard work.

Kiy said...

More time to read and stitch! Well, except that I have an almost three year old. It's been cold here (brrrr) but seriously sunny. To her (and the doglet) sunny = warm. Which means go outside and play. Not to me! Yikes, as a gal who grew up in Michigan I sure am a wimp about cold. At least no snow here, but it's supposed to be nice in the winters. It's our prize for putting up with the yuck that is July and August!

I 'hear' Heather is looking at Snuggies. Maybe you guys can get a two-for-one deal!

Stay warm, Kiy

Maggie Sefton said...

You bet I'm sick of the COLD. It's finally leaving Colorado. Today we'll get back into the 40's where we normally are in January. And we'll keep it there all next week, even getting into low 50's. That's the only thing that will melt that snow. We've had bright sunshine for days, but you need warm temps to melt all that stuff.

Good points: easier to hunker in and work, I guess.

Linda said...

All I can think of is one good thing would be to travel out of the cold weather....come visit me in San Diego! It will be around 75 today and very sunny. We can bring cozy mysteries to the beach and read them. :)

Linda said...

Oh, and Lorna...having extra space on your porch as a freezer sounds pretty awesome though. I wish you all the best making it through the rest of the winter...hopefully spring will come early for you.

Lorna Barrett said...

Don't take this personally, Linda, but: PPPPPLLLLLLLLTTTTTTTT!

Lorna Barrett said...

P.S. Linda, that was for your first comment--not the second. :)

Linda said...

Hi Lorna! I'm embarrassed to say I have no clue what pppppllllttt is...I'm going assume it is code that you are coming to San Diego! When should I pick you up from the airport? :)

Lorna Barrett said...

Um...it's a raspberry.

I wish I could come visit you in San Diego, but I don't fly and it's a l-o-n-g drive -- especially through all this SNOW!!! But I appreciate the warm thoughts.

Katie said...

SNOW. but I loooove snow. Winter is my favorite season. there's nothing I like more than curling up in my favorite comfy clothes, a blanket and reading, watching a movie, knitting, or playing with the laptop at night.

Linda said...

Hi Lorna! Got it! That's funny. :) I'm clueless sometimes...it took me a while to figure out what LOL meant.

To be honest, sometimes I do feel like I am missing out on seasons....especially autumn. I visited back east one year during the fall season and it was spectacular!But Katie's post above makes winter sound kind of nice too. Take Care!

Lindy said...

I made my first batch of snow ice cream today. Hubbie hated it, and I'm not crazy about it. My cousin put the recipe on her facebook page, and lots of people commented about loving it with lots of remarks about the yellow kind--lemon, banana, and ??? I don't think I'll be trying it again, but I needed to do it once! (Oh, and yes, we used only the pure, white snow for the ice cream!)

Shel said...

Lorna, I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a porch that can double as a freezer four months out of the year!

Shannon said...

Gotta be ice cold Cokes in the garage...NOT in the fridge in the garage, just IN the garage. We don't get that too often in Texas, so I'm enjoying that the three days this year that it is possible.
Oh, and being able to leave blankets all over the couch and not looking like a slob when you have visitors. They just grab one and sit down under it!

Anonymous said...

I was on the East coast for five winters while in college. I can honestly say that I DO NOT like winter! However, I do love winter clothes: sweaters, boots, gloves, cute and functional scarves. The clothes and all the reading and movie time will hopefully get all that are stuck in the frozen tundra through it. A husband or boyfriend who acts as a personal furnace helps, too! :)

Cindy Daniel said...

The best thing about winter is the hot tub. Steamy bubblig water with a toasty hot toddy. Winter bliss...

ChristyJan said...

The only thing I enjoy about winter ~ reading by the fire and not having to feel guilty about how I should be outside gardening. ;)

Lover of Books said...

Eating Cheese Dip from the crock pot, snuggling up to your hubby/wife, oh and wearing some of my favorite sweaters, pulled out my Aran Sweater from Dublin. :)

Lorna Barrett said...

Sheerysplace, I have four little portable heaters. They're called cats. I can't sit down, but one of them is crawling on my lap. Cindy, I'll take that hot toddy any time (okay, only IN winter). ChristyJan, I MISS my garden. I'm so looking forward to planting my veggies (and this year I'll be ready for Mr. Woodchuck--I bought a Havahart Trap!!!) Lover of Books, I have several REALLY BIG, WARM sweaters my Mum made (she's a machine knitter). They are Toasty. So why am I not wearing it right this minutes? Pardon me while I go slip one on.

Debra said...

I like winter. Hubby and I swim at the Y every Sunday. Today the water was 85 degrees. Then we came home,ate dinner and I got under the covers. (while husband works). We have an electric blanket under a down comforter and I have a new Carolyn Hart mystery to read. I love the four seasons. Winter makes me appreciate Spring (ie. baseball season,February 17th Pitchers and catchers report)