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#1 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:50 AM

Good winter, everybody! The first snowflakes are drifting down at this very moment. As a dyed-in-the-wool northerner, I get incredibly excited when I see them. Can you think of anything prettier than glistening flakes of snow nestled in the curled cup of a crimson maple leaf?

I'm really looking forward to being in for the winter. My hubby takes over the errand running and grocery shopping for me when it gets really cold, giving me some extra hours to work on something creative, to read curled up in a snuggly blanket, or to foray into the kitchen to make some soup or stew or bake something that smells of fruit and spices. I just go nuts over all the cozy things like candles on the dinner table or my flannel jammies.

So what makes you happy in winter? It's not all bad, you know! You can say Florida, but please, don't everyone say that.

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#2 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 06:58 AM

I like snow but only because I don't have to go anywhere in it, unfortunately a little bit of snow brings this country to a standstill. Even when it's predicted we seem unable to function! :emoticon-bang-head:

I don't know if snow is predicted for this year but if it is I will enjoy watching my pusscat, it sends her squirly. She goes out in it, albeit briefly, and then hurtles back through the patio door and gallops through the kitchen making a sort of growling noise...I guess she's trying to re-warm herself? Oh yes and her favourite way to warm up her paws is to put them on yours truly.

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 07:47 AM

Boooo- hissss- snow...

Do I love it? Hanging onto the fence going down to the barn to feed to minimize the number of times I fall down, whacking out the ice in the troughs and buckets so animals can drink, trying to pry up the manure piles that have frozen to the ground overnight, dragging the hose into the house to thaw so I can fill buckets, getting on the jacket, snow boots, hats, thermal gloves, scarves to go out then coming back in and cracking the ice off them and hanging them in the kitchen to dry out...

Yeah winter's a real hoot.
Help me- I'm having a panic attack and I don't even have snow yet. :(

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 01:58 AM

Bah..Humbug......Snow!! :angry:

I'm another sad case that doesn't really like the snow much, except on picture postcards!

I think, Jeannie, it's because, as Amanda says, we are so unused to dealing with snow in the UK and so are totally unprepared when it falls. I must admit that although I've been driving for 30 plus years I really don't like venturing out when the roads are slippery.

I know what you mean, though, about lighting the fire and pulling the curtains on a dark night; it is very cosy and comforting. :)

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 07:20 AM

"...so what makes you happy in winter?" .....Knowing that spring is the very next season! :rolleyes: :emoticons-yes:

Seriously, Jeannie because we face so many obstacles (some of us), winter isn't much fun.

For me, my body doesn't react well at all to the winter months (cold, wet, dreary)...sorry but that's the TRUTH.

However, because I have my grandson every day from the time I pick him up from school, until I take him to participate
in various sports, or his dad comes to pick him up after work...I'm hoping to take him sledding, once we get some good snow,
as he dearly loves to do that...and because I :wub: HIM!

I DO love to look OUT at freshly fallen snow...and IF I had a bearskin rug, I would LOVE to lie on it...IF I ALSO had a fireplace....

How's THAT?! ;)
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#6 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 08:25 AM

OK, studded snow tires for you folks in the UK, sheepskins for our all our chairs (got mine out today), snow for the kids and the 4-leggers who love it. Amanda, our late lamented Cat loved snow too. She would come back in the house in the same state as your pusscat, with her fur all on end. When she'd stop racing around, the first border collie who dared to go up and rub noses with her would get zapped by the static electricity she'd built up. I always thought she got a good laugh out of that. :lol:

Susie, have lots of fun sledding with your grandson! You are a good grandma, you are.
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Posted 11 November 2010 - 02:02 PM

Ha-ha I must be the one sclerodoodle person who loves snow ...its magical! Holiday lights and scented Yankee candles from a USA based shopping channel. Open gas coal fire and my fleecy scarfs, gloves and battery heated ones on top of those, plus heated insoles in my sheepskin boots...I'm out there!! I love my books and cross stitch keeps the fingers moving!! Don't like driving in it though scary business, ah well always has a down side, I'm a grown up big kid at heart I guess! :happy-day: :VeryHappy:

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 03:38 PM

I'm with Lynn - I too love snow, but unfortunately, it doesn't love me. Snow means cold temperatures which means difficulty breathing cold air. So like Jeannie, in the winter, I become a house hermit. The hubby runs most of the errands and I get out only if I have to. Thank goodness I live across the street from a beautiful park and have a view of the mountains, so I get to enjoy the snow without suffering from the effects of cold air.

So what makes me happy in the winter? Cuddling up in my reading chair with a nice blanket, good book and my fluffy kitty, fires in the fireplace, hot soups, roast chicken, lots and lots of comfort food, taking naps in the sunroom, and best of all - snuggling with the hubby.

Stay warm this winter everyone!
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 06:54 AM

Sounds WONDERFUL, Lynn...I would go for that :jump-for-joy:

Janie, now I'm the same way and so enjoy the great soups that are so tasty and appropriate...for those cold winter days and/or evenings :emoticon-hug:

Ah yes...snuggling with the hubby is the icing on the cake :)
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 07:55 AM

I have been feeling guilty over my negative post because Jeannie is right- winter can be beautiful. So a redux-

I love to watch the goaties "sledding." They lay on their chests, fold their front legs back and push with their back legs down the hill. Then go back up and do it again. All you can see is goati heads and tails sliding down the hill.

The snow on the redwoods is beautiful- makes everything look spectacular.

The horses kick up their heels and buck around the field. People who have horses know what else happens too. They stop and snort with their breath shooting out- then start all over again. Snow just flies around their legs as they run.

I fire up the wood stove and have it roasting warm all through the house.

There is little gardening that needs doing.

And, truth be told, I am not too old to enjoy that first snowball.

Good enough?

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 08:11 AM

Jeannie, thanks for this topic. It's actually making me think, for a change.

I have to confess with having a love/hate relationship with winter, even though I live in Minnesota. I dearly loved winter as a child. Sliding, skating, snow forts, snow angels, tree climbing, and hot dogs roasted over an open fire while sitting on our chairs made out of snow blocks.

Over the years, with Raynaud's getting worse and worse, I have developed a more acrimonious view of cold and snow. Last winter, circumstances (my husband's lung transplant) forced me to be out and about more. Near the end of the season, I was beginning to enjoy it a bit. Probably because I was working on my attitude a little.

Snow is on the way for tomorrow here, and when I first heard the forecast, I have to admit I shuddered. I don't feel ready for it and I've been really enjoying our wonderful summer-like weather the past few weeks.

Therefore, I'm going to borrow your attitude for a few months, if you don't mind terribly, and embrace winter with more gladness, less sun-withdrawal sadness, and greater good humor.
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#12 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 09:14 AM

Hey Enjoy,

I've been there, done that, got the chilblains with farm work in winter. Lambing in western Pennsylvania and Scotland in February is not nearly as much fun as shearing season, and they always lamb at night, it seems. My not-mentioned, not-disease-related thing I really dislike about winter is the mud and muck the Border Collies track in! I'm glad the only daft animal they have to herd these days is me, couldn't deal with sheep in the winter anymore.

I really loved the mental picture of goats sledding! I wish I had the talent to do a picture-book for my grandson. He'd probably love to see the horses snorting out steam and I bet that any 2-year old worth his salt would try to imitate them, complete with whinnies and kicking the heels up.

Warm hugs and good supply of firewood,
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 11:15 AM

Well can't say I'm really happy to see winter coming, and for my sister sake. I know things will be much harder for her during this time. We had so much snow last winter that I think it should last a life time.

But honestly what makes me happy durning the winter is seeing the first snow, and seeing all the stores decorated for the holidays, and for some who are not able to get out much seeing holiday events on tv is nice most of the time. Seeing all the holiday cards in stores already makes me happy, especially the ones that have the north star on them, this always gives me hope.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 11:26 AM

Dear Enjoytheride,

I love your do over! Being a city gal, I don't get to see how animals are in the winter other than cats and as we all know - cats don't really do anything different in the winter except become LESS active and sleep more. :rolleyes: So your descriptions of the goaties and horses were beautiful!

You original was just pure honesty! When I read it, I was impressed that you are able to do it and admire you for getting out there and getting it done - no excuses. You're quite a gal as are all you sclerodoodles (as someone said) that have to work outside in the cold! More power to you!
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 04:26 PM

In my family, when I was very young, my father would get everyone up the first night it snowed big and covered the ground. No lights in the house- just the reflection of the snow. Everyone would run to the window to ooh and ahh about the magic change in the landscape.

Then in the same instant everyone made the decision to run outside, made snowballs and threw them at each other.

After a few minutes the cold would get everyone (bathrobes you know and slippers) and everyone ran back into the house to pile into their still warm beds, a little damp but very happy.

It's so easy to forget the joy of snow as a child.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 07:16 AM

Living at the shore in NJ, winter means we have our town back, no tourists. It is the best time of the year for surfing and it's fun to watch those brave enough to put on wetsuits from head to toe and get out there. We don't usually get much snow here but last winter we had 64"! We live in a condo so we don't have to shovel. I love watching it come down, it is magical.However, on an early October trip to Vermont and New York state it snowed, and that was definitely too early for me.

I was a teacher, so snow meant no school (yea!) and they are pretty good about clearing the roads around here, especially the main ones, so driving wasn't really a problem, but the years I was on dialysis I always worried when storms were forecasted. I have a 4 wheel drive and it's very flat around here, except for going over bridges, but I would still be concerned about being able to get to the center. They were very good about adjusting times and shortening shifts in emergencies so everything turned out ok.

We are putting in new windows, so that should make our place warmer, I am ordering silk undies, and I have learned to layer. My husband likes it cool inside, he would prefer 68 degrees while if I had my preference I like 72 so we compromise at 70, and have the battle of the thermostat. I used to take hot baths to warm up but can't anymore, I have difficulty getting up and down from the tub, the calcinosis on my buttocks makes it very uncomfortable, and they were drying out my skin too much. Hot liquids help a lot and now that I am no longer on fluid restriction I am enjoying cups of tea.

I am a girl of summer but enjoy the change of seasons. I guess the thing that makes me happiest about winter is knowing it won't last forever!

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