Sunday, November 10, 2013

BRRRR!!! On Coping With Winter.

I wanted to call this post "Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring" but I didn't want to tease anyone else who is anticipating the release of those books.

However, it would have been an apt title because although I've lived in northern Idaho all my life, I'm one of those people who turns blue when the temperature drops below 70 degrees. Therefore, from November 1st on, I count down the days until Spring.

Four months of waiting for a tolerable climate can be tedious, so I remind myself of all the things I do to make the time pass more quickly.

1.) Write

As an author, that is always my first priority. And I definitely get more writing done without barbecues, fishing, and other fun outside stuff to distract me.

2.) Work on artistic projects

Drawing and painting are among my favorite indoor activities.

3.) Read

There is nothing better than curling up on the couch with a warm blanket and a book as the snow and wind howls outside.

4.) Make soup.

I think I have a soup fetish. I'd make and eat it year-round, but everyone else doesn't seem to share that sentiment, so soup making a much more successful endeavor when it's cold.

5.) Watch movies.

That couch and warm blanket are also wonderful for watching my favorite films.

6.) Enjoy the holidays.

Though winter sucks, I have to admit that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve are immensely enjoyable. I love making my famous turkey and spending time with my huge family.

What are some of your favorite things to do while waiting for Spring?


  1. Ah! This is the time of year to turn on the electric fireplace and either read or write by the warmth of it.

    Just like you, this is the time of year I experiment with soup too. :)

  2. Ooh! I wish I had an electric fireplace! And we should totally trade soup recipes!