But. It's only January 29th. Winter doesn't end until the beginning of April, no matter what the calendar or the groundhog say. And I don't just want to endure life until then. I want to enjoy it the best I can.
So, what works for me? So far these things work: trampoline aerobics class (SO fun), crafting (my first love), baking (not helping with the weight...), Netflix (I'm addicted to Scandal), music (trying to find summer-y songs - NO Radiohead in winter), togetherness with friends or family (being alone in winter is a no-no), books (I'm reading Dr. Sleep, the follow up to the Shining - more on that another time), online shopping (I got the cutest dang thing this week - I'll show you sometime), hot chocolate (my friend Christi got my the coolest hot chocolate maker for my birthday - I'm in love!), kids (my nieces and nephews, my friend's kids, stranger's kids [kidding] - I need more kids in my life! They make me laugh.), and searching online for warm vacations I'll never go on (I nearly booked a cruise yesterday but decided going by myself would just be irritating).
What is helping you enjoy life during winter?
If you can't go on a tropical vacation, you can always just visit my grandma. Her apartment is about 80 degrees. Some of you have been asking why I haven't been writing about her as much lately as I used to. The truth is, she's been having a hard time lately. Sometimes she loses touch with reality. It seems to depend a lot on the medicine she takes. My mom and aunt have been working hard to help her figure this out and have been taking amazing care of her. She told me last night that she was glad no one has been laughing at her for being confused at tiems. I told her of course we don't laugh - it's not funny to us because we love her and know how scary it is for her. She's going to be 94 on Friday (!!) and we're having a big party for her. She's really excited for it.
To end this week's Wednesday Thoughts, I'll share with you some random pictures from my phone:
|My cute nephew cuddling when we went out for breakfast because he was cold|
|Same nephew becoming a world class archer|
|hot chocolate with homemade marshmallow|
|My dog best friend, Blue.|
|Picture taken a couple days ago. Cold. Snowy. Winter.|