Christmas decorations are out, Thanksgiving menu is planned, gift lists are made, holiday scented candle purchased.
Is it winter yet?
Yes it was rather chilly last week, barely reaching 60 most days and yet on the weekend it was up in mid 60’s again. I’m ready for full on winter, let me break out the cold weather clothes and put away the summer shirts please. This back and forth stuff is getting tedious.
I like it cold.
The when and why of that eludes me. I grew up in the desert where it did get cold in the winter but not excessively and it didn’t last very long. At some point in my life overcast skies and coats with cute scarfs and gloves took place in my heart. Maybe it was when my body no longer looked awesome in a bikini.
I love bundling up. I hate bundling up and stepping inside a mall or store or restaurant or business and get blasted with 75-80 degree heat. Do they not know that we are all bundled up ? That the use of heat to that extent makes me have to remove most of my clothing to be able to breathe in their establishment? I have all but given up on wearing turtlenecks and sweater combinations simply for this reason. I’ll end up sweating then back out into the cold and yes … next day guess what…I’m sick. Is it too much to ask that these places recognize the energy crisis and keep the heat to maybe 60? I could at least keep my coat, scarf and maybe hat on without breaking a sweat.
The airport…I have a bone to pick. I don’t know who ultimately “owns” airports but blasting the heat when it’s still in the 50’s outside is just unnecessary and honestly, it’s offensive. With the energy crisis and financial crisis most of the world is currently dwelling in does it seem reasonable for you to over heat a building of gargantuan size and capacity? No! Oh and FYI most travelers are not wearing tanks and shorts.
The mall…I have to carry my coat, gloves, maybe scarf and possibly hat along with my bag and any shopping bags I end up with, until I reach the doors to the winter wonderland that is the outside. Put bags down…put hat on…put coat on…put scarf on…put gloves on…pick up bags…reach for the door and realize the sun is now out…put bags down…take gloves off…hunt down sunglasses and put them on…put gloves back on…grab bags. Ready…ok! The cold blast of air makes me grin all the way home…unless I’m with the husband and he’s driving with the heat blasting.
Alone in my car, in winter, I drove with the window cracked so I got the chill air in the face and a slightly pink nose, cheeks and chin.
Going for walks in the snow was my favorite part of the year I spent in Michigan.
What will be interesting is choosing where to settle once the husband retires. He loves the sun and heat and I love overcast and cold. So, the current compromise is that we will live in the heat but have a second home for me to go hibernate in somewhere in the mountains or up north where I can enjoy the winter and he can enjoy the hunt. Still several years away but the saving for a down payment for both homes will begin after the holidays this year.
I have plans yo!