When temperatures plummet, I pull out the camera. In spring and summer I take lots of joy from snapping photos of our flowers and plants. In the winter, I snap photos of the beautiful landscape, the feral cats, our three inside cats as well as dishes I've cooked or baked. All of these photos come in handy throughout the year for Facebook, my blog but also for presents for next Christmas! I use them for calendars and notecards. More personal photos are for special presents like pillows, throws and collages.
When ice storms threaten or a blizzard, I cook. I freeze soups and baked goods. If our electricity would go out, we could thaw soup and warm it on our gas stove or even grill. Baked goods send wonderful aromas through the house and help ward off the chill of cloudy days. I use this winter time for developing recipes for my mysteries or just stocking up.
Years ago, an alternative therapy practitioner informed me that electric blankets were not healthy, just as having a cell phone by your ear when you're sleeping might not be healthy. Since I have arthritis problems, etc. I haven't used one for twenty years! But with the cold temps, I got one again. And...I'm definitely sleeping better using it. Besides that, our three rescued inside cats love it too!
I find that this time of the year is the best for writing. I love the silence and quiet that snow brings. I like the cozy, under a fuzzy throw with my cats contentment of hunkering down and letting distractions fade away. My husband and I spend more time indoors together this time of year, too, and that together time is something to look forward to.
In January I begin spring planting. Geraniums have to be planted now to be ready to plant out in summer. I use a heat pad and grow light in our basement. This time of year when the outside landscape can seem barren, it's magical to watch seeds transform into seedlings and then viable plants.
And last but not least, in winter I probably read and listen to audiobooks more than I do in any other season. With less activity outside, I plug in my earphones or pick up my Kindle more often. Research comes more easily this time of year, too. I just finished spending a morning watching a puppy training video for my next mystery. I can't imagine doing that except on the run in spring, summer and fall.
So...how do you cope with freezing temperatures to make your way through winter into spring?
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