The Northeast has been pummeled with snowstorm after snowstorm. I moved just before winter began and so far have seen enough snow that I can still enjoy it without dreading the next round of fluffy, white precipitation.
I went through several old photos to see what I decided to make memories of in winters past and came up with the idea for this post.
1. Go to Florida! They say, "With age comes wisdom." Why do you think so many retired people go to Florida in the winter? You always thought it was because it's too hard for them to shovel or they can't handle the cold, right? Now you know. Those sage, grandparental figures have weathered through a rough winter or two and garnered a few feathers in their caps which they now use to make their annual flight to the sunshine state when the temperature begins to drop. (If becoming a snowbird is not a feasible option, read on.)
2. Make (or buy) a hat. And a scarf, and a sweater, and a blanket, and a hot water bottle cozy. If you're in this for the long haul then you need to be prepared! Learning to crochet or knit is a great winter hobby. Not only will you be able to make yourself things to keep warm, but it's also a wonderful way to pass the time when the fifth storm in three weeks hits and you're officially snowed in until you can open the front door again.
3. Go for a walk/drive. When you can once again get outside and clean off your car it's always fun to go out and look at the beautiful scenery of snow covered trees and fields. Of course, you can bundle up and just take a short walk, but it's always nice to crank up the heater in the car while you look at the frozen landscape that surrounds you. Just remember what the colors and shapes of traffic signs mean. Also, if global warming were a thing, you'd be contributing to it and might lessen your chances for getting snowed in next winter.
4. Ski! The snow can be enjoyable. I know that can be pretty hard to believe when you're shoveling the driveway for the third time in the same storm, but how about learning a winter sport? Skiing is very popular and schussing down a hill can be very invigorating on a cold, bright and sunny day in the middle of winter.
5. Skating is another very fun winter activity! Many rinks will let you rent skates or you might be able to find a used pair at an affordable price online or at a used sporting goods store. Always make sure that you are skating on a body of water with ice that is thick enough. Several states/counties have websites that tell you whether or not certain lakes and ponds in your area are frozen enough and safe to skate on. The plus side of rinks is you don't have to worry about ice thickness and they are often inside and can be warmer than skating outdoors.
6. Look for animal tracks. Winter is prime time for looking for prints in the snow. Not every animal hibernates or migrates south. There is quite a variety of wildlife that remains active in the winter. Of course, not every animal will spend time on the ground, so make sure you look up too and you might just catch a glimpse of a bird that prefers the snowy season. This Snowy Owl spent a little time watching my husband fish last winter.
7. Sit in it. Who doesn't like to make a snow angel? Of course, when the snow gets too deep for that and you're tired of trudging in drifts pasts your knees all you can do is just sit down and see how deep the snow is. It's actually a little, tiny bit insulating and pretty warm for the first 10 seconds.
8. Watch a movie. When it's way too cold to go outside and you've had enough of the wintery weather then it's time to kick back, relax, and put on a good flick. Preferably The Sound of Music.
9. Make something warm to drink. The prefect accompaniment to a good movie on a cold winter night is a warm cup of cocoa. Of course tea, coffee, or hot apple cider are also acceptable. While you're at it you might as well put it in a Christmas mug since it still looks like Christmas outside anyway and you probably haven't taken down your Christmas lights since they're buried in the snow.
10. Enjoy the winter. Don't be chicken, (I know, I really had to reach for that joke. Sarcasm.) enjoy the winter season. Spring will be back someday and after that follows summer. Remember summer? It's that scorching, hot season that always makes you wish that it were winter again.