Brrrrr! Yesterday, winter finally arrived in my part of the U.S. north. I truly shouldn’t complain. December and early January have been unbelievably nice with many days in the upper 40s and 50s (Fahrenheit) and plenty of sun. Instead of snow we’ve had rain. I’m grateful.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWlGsP1MHiIThe one aspect I probably really hate about winter is the fact that I leave my house when it’s still dark and only return when it’s dark again. I can deal with the cold (after all, that’s what wool is for), I can deal with fewer days of sunshine and I can deal with my garden looking all grey and brown. But spending days without ever seeing my rooms in daylight really drags me down. This is especially true on a bright and sunny day like today, when I keep staring outside at work, but know all this brightness will be gone by the time I get home. […]
Even though there’s still snow on the ground, I can feel spring around the air. Unlike many people, I mourn the loss of the winter when spring comes – I’m not really one for rain and flowers. So as I was happily shoveling the snow the other day, I thought about my favorite winter romances.
Except I couldn’t really think of any, except one: Devil in Winter, by Lisa Kleypas. The story of Evie Jenner and the utterly ruined Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, is one that has remained readers’ favorites since it came out five years ago – it climbed four spots to land at #3 on the recent Top 100 Romances poll. It’s pretty hard to ignore the appeal of St. Vincent, who is so deliciously, unrepentantly bad, but who learns to love the stuttering Evie over a backdrop of frigid winter. Their race up to Gretna Green remains […]
I know it’s spring for all you northerners, but down under winter is creeping up. Frost hits regularly, the tomatoes die, and I go into hibernation mode. This means I make several changes to my routine:
- I lit my first fire last night, and it definitely made things way cozier. It helped that…
- I moved from the summer bedroom into the winter bedroom, which is more like a side lounge but that opens directly into the room with the fire. Downside: No closets. Upside: Warmth ensues.
- I start doing big pots of food on Sundays which keeps until Thursday or Friday. Pumpkin soup (mmmm…), minestrone soup – heck, any kind of soup – but also ratatouille, boilups, etc.
Do you change your routine with the seasons?
– Jean AAR
For the most part, I eat healthy foods but I am a complete chocoholic. I love dark chocolate in and in the winter, I get the most intensive hot chocolate cravings ever. When the wind comes whipping in from the mountains and I feel wet and cold all the way through to my bones, nothing will warm me up except a steaming mug of chocolate. The $0.99 boxes of watery chocolate from the supermarket will only go so far, though.