Wednesday, December 5, 2007

My Winter Survival List

Old Man Winter: the older I get, the more I dislike it. Although it has certain charms, I am much more of a summer girl than a winter one. Instead of going into the reasons for this and depressing myself further, I put together the following list:

Things I Can’t Live Without in Fall and Winter
1. Hand and body lotion. If I don’t use hand lotion at least several times a day then my hands become dry, ugly, red alligator-like versions of their former selves.
2. Lip gloss. I hate the uncomfortable feeling of dry lips. I’m addicted to lip gloss year-round. Not the glossy stuff, but the moisturizing balm that leaves your lips feeling soft and oh-so-nice.
3. My old gray fleece LLBean jacket to wear around the house. It’s not pretty. I don't wear it out and I always rip it off if someone comes to the door, but it sure is soft and cozy.
4. Lots of nice thick comfortable socks, because my feet get cold easily.
5. Hot cocoa just about every day with whipped cream and/or mini marshmallows. I made a new discovery yesterday that I'm very pleased with. It's Swiss Miss Good Start Cocoa. It's fortified with 15 essential nutrients or something like that, and it tastes really good!
6. My blue fleece bathrobe. It is so comfortable and soft and warm.
7. My down blanket, which I like to snuggle up under when I'm reading on the couch or watching a movie.
8. My black boots, which I wear with almost everything during the cold-weather months.
9. The Crock Pot, to make delicious, hot, easy dinners that fill the house with their enticing aromas. I finally started using the Crock Pot last winter. I can't believe it took me so long to realize that it's one of the best things ever invented for the kitchen!
10. Lots of lights turned on and the heat jacked up. Needless to say, our bills go up a bit in the winter. I hate to be cold in my own house and am willing to pay extra not to be. Also, a lack of light is so depressing. I turn on lamps and overhead lights in multiple rooms…but I do other things to help the environment, honest!
11. A nice crackling fire going in the fireplace. I love this, and I'd like to do it more. I'm just afraid I won't open the flue correctly and then an accident will happen. Plus I don't want to get soot on my sleeves, even when wearing the above-mentioned LLBean house jacket. I guess I'll have to get over it if I ever want to become a fire-building pro.
12. Warm lounge-type pants that I wear when I’m just staying home.
13. My To Do List. I try to get a lot done during the winter since I'm stuck inside so much. I like to use the time to tackle my list, and then I can relax a lot more when it gets warm out.
14. Plenty of things to keep John entertained and happy, both in and out of the house. For him and for me as a parent, it can be very challenging not being able to go outside very much for months on end.
15. Target. I can't live without Target in any season!


Alyson said...

I love your list and can relate to so much of it! I mean, I don't understand anyone who can live without Target! Oh, and building a fire is so easy. I do it all the time. Not only is a good heat source it also adds to the cozy atmosphere. We sometimes even buy the logs that crackle because we love things like that. I'm all for things that create atmosphere!

The only thing I can't really relate to is wanting on all the lights, especially at this time of year. With the Christmas tree lights and garland lights, I like everything else dark. Oh, and I'm not a big fan of overhead lights - I prefer lamps or at least not overly blaring overhead lights.

Alyson said...

Oh, and I meant to mention that when I read the first comment from Ben on your last posting, I honestly thought it was from my little brother, Ben (at first). My Ben is liberal too. Isn't that funny?!

Donna said...

Yeah, I also like to leave the lights more dim in our living room where the Christmas tree is because it's so pretty that way.

That's really funny that you thought it was your brother Ben and not my brother Ben who made that comment! When did you figure out it wasn't him?

Alyson said...

I think it was about half way through Ben's first posting that I began to think that this Ben must know you. But it just reminded me so much of my Ben.

BTW, I love hot cocoa too! I'll have to try that stuff you mentioned. For Christmas last year, my mom gave us a hot chocolate machine. It's amazing! It heats it up really hot and whips it. It's the best I've ever had. Lately, I've been adding peppermint candies to the mix when I put it in the machine. Very festive! If you don't have a machine of your own, you'll have try some at our house.

Donna said...

I've been wanting to get one of those hot chocolate machines. I'm glad to hear that they really do work well. I'd like to check it out next time I'm over there and see how it works. Oh, and do try that new Swiss Miss cocoa. I'm actually drinking some right now--dee-lish!

Katie said...

Ah, I love the wintertime! Do you still use carmex? I'm somewhat addicted to the moisturizing chap stick myself. And I am with you on moisturizer, if I don't get my hands, I get eczema all over, my finger start to crack open and everything. Its not pretty.

Donna said...

My favorite lip balm is Blistex Silk & Shine. It's the best!

Alyson said...

The newest things on my winter survival list are antibacterial ointment and bandaids. My feet have been cracking like crazy! I've been limping around from the pain and I'm starting to look like an old lady!

Donna said...

Oh, that is so painful! I had that last winter on the sides of my big toes. The thing that cleared it right up was liquid bandage ointment with a band-aid over that. It sealed the skin back together again. Wish I'd discovered it at the outset so that I didn't have to live in constant discomfort for weeks!

Anonymous said...

I don't have time to comment on everything you wrote, I just want to make sure you get your fireplace cleaned (the flu) to make sure nothing catches inside the wall. It's an older fireplace and I don't know if the previous owners had it cleaned.