Winter Withering ……that’s what I call it….the cold, the snow…..it makes me lazy…..I’m like a big (big) bear wishing I was asleep in my cave not awaking until the first signs of Spring. Although winter doesn’t present an immediate danger as do most earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis or tornadoes it produces (in some) a very slow and sure dampening of spirits. The older I get the less I tolerate it (winter).
I miss my windows being open and having fresh (warm) air to keep the (winter) aches and pains at bay. Sunshine (not accompanied by cold). Walks in the forest. Camping. I despise wearing winter boots, hats, mitts, scarves and coats. You bundle up to go ‘out’ and then you die of heat as you tromp indelicately through the grocery store aisles in your winter uniform with unseemly perspiration rolling down your face (maybe it’s just me?? :).
Walk in the cold and then come home, immediately upon entering the warmth of your home the nose drips. The cold has somehow found it’s way into your bones and it takes a big blanket or a warm bath to turn that bone chilling cold into warmth again.
Winter is my time to day dream. Planning what I will do during the active 5 or 6 months of my year keeps me focused. Researching and orchestrating the next great vacation (which passes all too quickly).
9 more sleeps until the next great vacation ….. booked in August (6 months ago). Night 1 in Managua, Nicaragua. Night 2 through 3 through 8 in Big Corn Island, Nicaragua, Night 9 through 15 in Little Corn Island, Nicaragua, Night 16 in San Jose, Costa Rica…then back home. I won’t have daily internet connection during this trip. The Corn Islands are remote, electricity isn’t guaranteed, internet connections even less so. Little Corn has no cars. Big Corn for $1.00 (US) per person you can get a cab ride anywhere on the Island.
Yup, 9 more sleeps until I feel the warmth, the fresh air the sand between my toes . . . . .
p.s. just realized I forgot to mention that I am on Day 3 of a cold…congestion, runny nose, general malaise……*sigh*
4 more sleeps until the coveted winter vacation! Today Mother Nature has warmed it up a bit while still delivering a blow! By evening we are expected to receive 20 to 30 cm of snow. The worst snow of the season. This means one has to pull on the high waterproof boots to trudge through the snow. As a person who has (in the past) shunned winter this is never a good thing. This winter I have chosen to embrace the season. I bought myself a warm Helly Hansen coat, even warmer Columbia boots and the greatest sheepskin hat & mitts a girl could want to own (purchased at a great little store called Quichua on Sparks Street – click here) . Dressed to the insulated 9’s I strike out on a daily basis to do my daily errands. Today amidst the the downfall I will hit the seamstress to get an article of clothing taken in before the Friday trip, stop by the Health Food Store to pick up some Bee Propolis to try to ward off the cold symptoms I arose with, pick up a few groceries and mail off a letter to the UK. This ‘walking’ trip all possible because we had the good sense to move downtown in November…LOVE IT! Photo below of Johnny and I dressed to the insulated 9’s (taken in December during our last big snow dump).