Carole set the theme this week: Ten Ways to Get Through the Rest of Winter. I'm not sure I can be entirely sympathetic to the shivering feelings around this that so many feel. I should post a Ten Ways to Get Through the Rest of Summer when it is 96 degrees and 96% humidity. But then that also will zig when the rest of the world zags. I know that about me. This post is far more fun than what I was going to post: Why I am Completely Unhappy with Everything I am Spinning, Most of What I am Knitting, Which is Why I Haven't Posted in Two Weeks.
1. Ski as much as possible. Cross-country, downhill, no matter. It is all about luxes - how much light our pineal glands are getting. Snow reflects light, and gives our poor starving pineals a boost. Since much skiing counts as exercise, this overlaps with #2.
2. Exercise. Yeah. Endorphins, new neural connections, feed the brain more oxygen, build new blood vessels, like your body better. I can hate exercising 1/2 hour a day, but then feel better the other 23 1/2 hours. The alternative is to feel out of shape and dull for 24 hours each day.
3. Braise dinner. Nice, warm, nutritious braises can be meat, vegetarian, gluten-free, calorie controlled, and tailored for whatever your dietary restrictions have become. I love what long, slow, moderate heat does to beef, duck, rabbit, chicken. I truly miss these dishes in the summer.
4. Knit wool, alpaca, cashmere, camel. All the stuff you can't stand in your lap during the summer warms you twice in the winter.
5. Drink soothing, comforting beverages. For me, the primary beverage is hot tea. Wine is a comforting second choice on some nights. Winter calls for red wine. Type of beverage is less important than wrapping your hands around a capacious mug, inhaling, smiling, and sipping slowly.
6. Spend time with friends. I carve out a bit of time to knit or spin with my homeys. This feeds my social soul.
7. Do the stuff IN the house that I neglect in the summer. Organizing my home spaces feels good. Less time wasted looking for receipts, files, bills, patterns, needles, everything else. This is less about obligation and more about lightening psychic load. Stay organized in the first place? Never. Nobody is perfect.
8. Enjoy the perks of winter. Look forward to lengthening days. No insects. No yardwork. No weeds.
9. Wool is king. Wear your handknits. Look forward to the upcoming fiber festival season. Lambs are just weeks away. Shearing is happening soon before the lambs arrive. The renewal of life cannot be appreciated as poignantly without the pseudo-death of winter.
10. Just get over it. Yeah, I know, no sympathy. Cold, cruel Etherknitter. But I take care of people every week who have little chance of seeing NEXT winter. Or this summer. Every day I wake up with health is a good day regardless of the minimum and maximum temperatures of the day. I don't really care if it is cloudy, sunny, rainy, snowy, foggy. Just as long as it IS.
Cross-country ski day at Bretton Woods. Ten kilometers, tired, felt good, finished the trail called Coronary Hills simply because it was called that, and we had to do it. The sky and the dogs were incredible. Color camera, but who can tell?