Vintage winter sport posters.
I have the large version of the one in the middle and I always
hang it in the hallway every winter. It makes me smile as I walk past.
It was beautiful while it lasted.
I have an old Christmas holiday book from the '80s that is filled with delightful and useful advice for those of us who love Christmas. At the end of the season, the authors recommend purchasing tulips or similar spring flowers after you've removed all of your seasonal decor and cleaned up. I get the sentiment (and used to do it) but I actually am in no hurry to speed up the season.
There are a lot of things to love about the winter, which I think of as January and February. (March is long, frequently drizzly and a betwixt and between mealy-mouthed sort of month. Make up your mind, March!)
Of course, it's far easier to get through the winter when you live in a temperate climate such as the West Coast. I wouldn't DARE complain about the weather to anyone who lives anywhere else, even if I grumble a lot about the rain to Mr. Bubbly. So I quite understand that if you live in a climate where it is freezing and blizzardy for months on end, that this list will seem less than enchanting but give it a go....
My favourite things about Winter
- No outdoor chores!
- Wearing all my favourite boots
- Cozy knitwear. I run too hot to wear it in the autumn so it's in heavy rotation at this time of year
- Planning the year's vacations
- Watching alpine skiing on TV. I don't ski (terrified of it, actually) but love watching it
- Soaking in the hot tub - so much better when it's cold out and the steam rises off of the surface
- Snuggling down into a cuddly robe and slippers after the aforementioned dip in the spa
- I'm not a super-early riser, 7 am is my usual getting up time, and in the winter you can actually see the sunrise...no getting up at 5:00 am!
- Buring myself under the duvet, doing the NY Times crossword and, preferably, sipping a Malbec or a hot apple cider. Especially when I'm supposed to be doing something else.
- Papayas and avocados taste so much better at this time of year. Ditto for oranges.
- The marvelous indigo and coral skies you get at this time of year in the late afternoon; spectacular when framed through bare tree branches
- London Fog lattes - need I say more?
- Not feeling obligated to socialize if I don't feel like it. Seriously, who gets together for fun in January??
- Deep, sexy perfumes that are just de trop in the spring and summer
- February is such a romantic month and one in which I look forward to planning my wardrobe around sexy black pencil skirts, my highest heels and best lingerie. You know, bringing out the inner French girl. Hmm, perhaps that will be another blog post!
Late winter afternoons just before dusk are special. This is the view from our dining room window when we had a bit of snow a few weeks ago.
Mr. Bubbly contemplates the spectacular view of old Quebec City
Always fun to visit an Ice Hotel. This is the only one, to my knowledge in NA - outside of Quebec City, naturellement. I remember that the cocktails were quite good!