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.
- Winter sports. No, I do not snow ski, ice skate or sled. I know people who do though, and for them I appreciate winter.
- The smell of burning wood. I have a neighbor who has a fireplace, and the smell of the burning wood wafts across the area.
- Baking-the heat from the oven, the busyness, the smell of foods cooking all make a great winter day
- Stews are made for winter
- Hot chocolate, hot spiced apple cider, hot tea
- 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
- Pajama days. Of course we can have a pajama day anytime, but it’s much more fun in the winter.
- No mosquitos or other buggy bugs. Nice to not be swatting at them, or putting lotion on their bites.
- Sunrises happen all year long, but in the winter they come late enough in the day to enjoy.
- 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?