10 Winter Wonderful Things

The other day someone asked, “what’s your favorite thing about winter?”

My knee-jerk reaction was, “nothing. There is nothing good about winter.” I am a summer girl. I prefer the heat to this bone crunching cold any day.

However, I also try to be positive. I’m positive winter is here for another six to eight weeks, maybe longer. While the days won’t always be frigid, they won’t be warm. Frigid or not, it will be cold more days than it isn’t.

It’s been said of Oklahoma, “if you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes, it’ll change.” Even waiting ten minutes won’t make a huge difference. The rain might stop, or start, or turn into snow. The wind can stop blowing (ha!) or start. The weather does change some, still, it will be cold.

Which means, if I want to be positive, and I’m faced with several weeks of winter weather, listing what I like about winter sounds good. In no particular order, just how I happen to think of them are ten things I like about winter. At least then things that make winter tolerable.

  1. Winter sports. No, I do not snow ski, ice skate or sled. I know people who do though, and for them I appreciate winter.
  2. The smell of burning wood. I have a neighbor who has a fireplace, and the smell of the burning wood wafts across the area.
  3. Baking-the heat from the oven, the busyness, the smell of foods cooking all make a great winter day
  4. Stews are made for winter
  5. Hot chocolate, hot spiced apple cider, hot tea
  6. looking at seed catalogs/planning the planting, whether I plant or not, dreaming of the perfect garden and looking at all the  plants and flowers available are winter-perfect
  7. Pajama days. Of course we can have a pajama day anytime, but it’s much more fun in the winter.
  8. No mosquitos or other buggy bugs. Nice to not be swatting at them, or putting lotion on their bites.
  9. Sunrises happen all year long, but in the winter they come late enough in the day to enjoy.
  10. Cardinals and other birds that stuck around. They are a joy to watch at the bird feeders and their color brightens the area.

 

There are those who tell me that in the winter they can add and layer their clothing for warmth, yet in the heat of the summer there are only so many clothes they can take off to get cool. To that I say, if I put on too many layers for warmth I can’t move. In the summer there are shade trees and cool breezes and swimming pools for cooling off.

What is your favorite season?

Are you a winter or summer person?

What’s one thing you enjoy about winter?

 

About Nita

Quilter, writer, speaker, mom and grandmom. I enjoy making quilts for my grandkids, and other children. I especially love hearing and sharing quilt stories with others, that's how the book came about and this blog will continue to share quilt stories and how God works with quilts to comfort and teach us.
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7 Responses to 10 Winter Wonderful Things

  1. Doug Jarvie says:

    I like the changing seasons. The variety is great and after I have seen and shoveled enough snow for the winter season, I head to the southern hemisphere for a while to warm up. Some years I come back to Canada too soon and I find winter is still here, waiting for spring to come in and relieve it. Some seasons are better for blogging, and others are better for taking pictures.

  2. donna becker says:

    Nita – I love icicles (but maybe can’t spell it. I always hated winter until I found a winter sport which was down hill skiing back then. Tried snow shoeing last year for the first time in 57 NJ winters. That and cross country will warm you up so fast. It is hard work, but you do not notice because it is quiet and beautiful and peaceful and you will break into a sweat and feel amazing at the end of the day when you get into your pajamas and eat your stew or drink your hot cocoa.

  3. Shubhra Rastogi says:

    I love the 10 things you mentioned about winter. Winter also happens to be my favourite season, firstly because my birthday is in winters and secondly I get to wear all the colourful sweaters along with ear muffs, mufflers, scarves, caps and not to forget boots.
    http://natkhatz.com/parenting/and-my-word-of-the-year-is-gratitude-woty/#comment-31580

  4. plaidmaggie says:

    I am not a winter person! I grew up in the north where it was cold from October to May. I walked to school in the snow. I got frostbite on my fingers and toes. No, I’m one who would prefer to never see snow again. But if I have to find one thing I like about winter it would have to be soup. There is nothing better than a pot of home-made soup bubbling on the stove, filling the house with its aroma. And of course, with soup, you must have freshly baked bread. Warm from the oven, crusty, butter dripping off it onto your hands. Okay, maybe winter isn’t so bad after all!

  5. Martha DeMeo says:

    I grew up way upstate New York and loved sledding, skiing and snowmobiling. After moving south, the snow was left behind but both hubby and I miss the winter outings then coming home to warm by the woodstove with hot cocoa!

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