winter sweet

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Nothing brings people together like subzero temperatures.  When the weather drips and drops and dances into negative temperatures, the majority are brought together indoors for warmth and companionship.  This makes winter a wonderful time for intimate gatherings focused on loved ones rather than the hullabaloo outside your door.

Knowing that we’re all experiencing the same freezing temperatures and snow piles and icy roads helps build camaraderie.  What’s more, when the spring comes, everyone feels an almost overwhelming gratitude for the simple pleasures of sunshine and warmth.
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A friend called yesterday to see how I was coping with the -20 daily temperatures.  Honestly? It makes walking Kinzie a little difficult, but I busy myself with small gatherings and crafting and reading and yoga and baking and cleaning and try to keep warm.  I wear Long Johns and sip hot coffee/tea/anything with steam.  To be honest, it doesn’t seem as much like coping as it does going through the season.

Minneapolis schools have been closed the past few days, and a handful of businesses have followed suit.  For the most part, my friends and I are reveling in the joys of good old-fashioned snow days.  Perhaps this has something to do with my affection for winter?  I love myself a snow day or three or seven.
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Now, winter wouldn’t be quite as nice without snow days, and so I decided my first rah rah rah project of the year would help brighten the day of someone who works year round, despite the whims of weather.  Dog walkers, snow shovelers, mailmen, and trash collectors are all eligible under this category, so perhaps this project continues through the season.  Either way, today I left a small gift for my mailman:
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12 thoughts on “winter sweet

  1. Awww how sweet that you left a little gift for the mailman!! Hope you are staying warm in the cold! I am staying home today and drinking a tubful of hot cocoa! 🙂

  2. I am totally in the same boat as you! I’ve been working from home during good ol’ Hercules which has been a gift since I can lounge in my PJs, crochet, and drink tons of tea between doing work-ish things. Snow days are the best since I love any excuse to stay indoors and snuggle up!

  3. I would never dare to suggest that I am in the same situation as you 😉 But, it is quite chilly here in Florida today with temps dipping into the low 30s and wind chills in the 20s. Yeah, I know, that would probably feel like a heat wave to you, necessitating shorts and a t-shirt. But seriously, I think you hit exactly why I enjoy this time of year so much. The weather brings people together. It is as if Mother Nature is setting up a date between you and your loved ones. The comforting shelter of a warm home and good company while the blustery wind blows outside is soothing to the soul. With a spirited beverage in hand last night, my wife and I prepared a wonderful dinner together and it just felt so much more “cozy” because it was cold and windy outside.

    Enjoy the season, spring is right around the corner 🙂 And a very sweet gift for your mailman, he/she may just decide that multiple deliveries are required to your place 🙂

  4. How thoughtful of you! 🙂 I can’t imagine how cold it must be there – somehow it hasn’t been as cold here lately, though I’m loving all warm drinks and my tea collection is just growing 🙂

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