While I’m generally up for braving the elements, this winter we are inside more days than not. And so I continue to find ways to make it through these cold, dark days without just wishing them away.
Here are some of my favorites.
Favorite Things for Winter
A Bit of Greenery Inside
With everything dormant and covered in white outside, I need bits of green life inside.
My fern is pretty wilty at this point, but I still enjoy her. And isn’t that moss boot fabulous? Thanks, Mom.
One of my February goals is to buy fresh flowers more often. Trader Joe’s, I miss you and your $5 bouquets.
Baskets of Books
I am passionate about quality children’s books and reading to my kids, but I have to make it really convenient. Hence, a basket of books in every main living area.
I rotate them around, periodically pulling forgotten ones from Bun’s bookshelf and throwing them in the mix. Some new favorites are A Time to Keep, The Pantone Colors Book, Roxaboxen, and the Frances series.
(Confession: I am the biggest Frances fan in the family. I snort-laugh my way through them).
Bun can often be found on the couch “reading” to her dolls and bunnies. I have to constrain my laughter at her combining of Bible stories with Miss Rumphius and Frances: “There once was a girl named Alice who lived in Jericho. She marched around the city and had a party. Hey! Where’s the cake?”
À la Sally Clarkson, I gather my babies every day at 11-ish for tea. We pour water into plastic tea cups, serve a snack of raisins, and turn on Chopin. Then we cozy up at their little table to read a story or two.
Buckaroo inevitably pours his water all over the table, then gleefully sprints to the bathroom for a refill. Bun requests a second helping of snacks after about three pages. There’s generally a squabble before I’m finished with book two.
It’s never completely ideal.
But somehow, this simple ritual has become a kind of anchor in our days.
Beach Toys for Snow Play
Back in July I watched, stunned, as my very active children remained in the same spot for nearly thirty minutes. The magical attraction? The beach. And sand toys.
I don’t know why I didn’t transfer this concept to our polar vortex sooner. If it’s warmer than 20, we’re in the yard, making “snowcastles” with pails and shovels.
Harney & Sons Holiday Tea
Two little elves put my favorite tea in my Christmas stocking; they remind me of the fact whenever I drink it.
I’ve been buying it for years but usually reserve it for Christmastime. But this long, cold winter has called for extra treats.
British Mystery Novels
With Hubs’ grad school back in session, Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers have been my evening companions as of late. I’ve so enjoyed curling up in front of the fire with a cup of tea, a treat, and a whodunit set in lovely places like Somerset and St. Mary Mead.
At least, I imagine them to be lovely. It’s England, right? They have to be.
What are some of your favorite things on these cold winter days?
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