Winter is often harsh. Snow, ice, sub-zero temperatures take guts and fortitude to live through with a smile .
Winter freezes us, too, from being over ambitious. It takes twice as long to do anything or to go anywhere. However, we CAN swindle the difficult months of winter by TAKING advantage of them.
Spring through fall can be even more enjoyable IF a few chores during the winter months are done. We can be like the farmers who are just sharpening equipment for a new season ahead.
Seed catalogs arriving through your door by the bucketsful might be considered treasures. Savor them. Make planting lists. Have your spring orders for plants and seeds ready to mail or e-mail.
Perhaps a nasty closet, drawer or cabinet needs pruning. Spend an hour with that ugly task. Then give yourself a pat on the back for paring down and storing the “stuff” for a garage sale or give-away party.
Speaking of parties, host a Cabin Fever Party. Folks will go through six foot of snow to get there. They want to share just how many layers of clothing they have on. At one such party, the norm seemed to be fifteen and over. They also want to share their ski adventures. Don’t invite whiners.
Grab a cup of green tea. Put in a teaspoon of cinnamon. It’s good for what ails you. All sorts of good things happen. Sit and ponder the places to which you’d like to travel next year in the winter as a snowbird (For hints about the juicy U.S. sites, please see my new memoir, Snowbirds). Ah, and in the sweeter months of the year, think about cruising the Great Lakes in one of those small or big cruise boats. Hint: the short cruise ships offers the most affordable rates.
Applaud Mother Nature for nourishing the land. She’s doing her best to balance our dispositions to the ying and yang of life, although while doing so she can be a miserable, mean, untrustworthy gal.