Growing up in the Frozen Tundra has given me just a little insight on how to survive a long winter of snow, ice, wind, driving on black ice and keeping your sanity through all of those below temperature blues.
Keep an emergency bag in your car – shovel, ice scraper, blanket, flashlight with fresh batteries, candy or energy bars, water, bag of sand, boots, hat, mittens, coat, and cell phone fully charged.
If traveling make sure you check your tire pressure and tread before you start off on your journey. Never let your gas tank see empty!
Get outside, even if it’s freezing outside, we all need the fresh air and sunshine that boosts our vitamin D levels that help ward off depression in the winter time. Better yet, find a sport or hobby you like to do outside in the winter. Ice Skating anyone?
Layer, Layer, Layer. Patagonia makes some great long underwear to wear under everything, this actually makes going outside bearable. Invest in good quality cashmere turtlenecks. If you take care of them they may become your best friend winter after winter.
Cuddleskin PJ’s are great! Fuzzy on the inside and silky on the outside. This also makes a great gift for a winter time birthday present.
Do you have a bucket list of: Books to read, now is a good time to check some of them off your list! Unbroken is supposed to be a great read this winter!
Learn to Bake or cook something you’ve only thought about doing. Do you have a favorite dish you love at a restaurant? Now is the time to learn how to make it at home or even ask the chef if he’ll give a cooking class this winter.
Start going through seed catalogs and planning your summer garden with flowers or vegetables. You can start prepping your garden now with compost.
Have you ever wanted to learn about wine? Now is a great time to start a wine selection. If you have the room what about a wine closet or cabinet?
Start a potluck club with neighbors and friends. Everyone brings a dish to pass and hang out and have some fun.
Take care of your animals, just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean they should miss out on their daily walks!
Maybe it’s just going to be one of those horrible winter days and that’s when I suggest taking a long bubble bath and dreaming about Spring!
“And then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils” by Wordsworth