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I HATE Winter

I HATE Winter

When people meet me, they quickly learn these basic facts.  1. I am married to Sheryl, 2. We have two sons who I adore, 3. We have three grandchildren that I dearly love. People also learn quickly that I HATE cold weather and that my birthday (date of gift in our home, the day God gave me to the world) is June 21st.

Yes, June 21st in the northern hemisphere is the longest day of the year, the first day of summer, and sometimes it is Father’s Day I like to rattle off those facts about my birthday like I am divulging a great secret that I want the listener never to forget.  Of course, June 21st being the longest day means that December 21st is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Of course, with December 21st being the shortest day of the year, it also means that it is the first day of winter.  Ugh, I hate winter. It seems that every year I dislike it even more.  I dislike cold feet, cold hands and most of all I dislike not riding my bicycle whenever I want.

Ways I cope with winter

I know by now you are wondering how if I hate it so much how do I cope with winter?  I cope by complaining constantly.  I talk about it so much it is as if I am trying to generate heat from bumping my gums (a term my wife introduced me to).

Of course, there are more productive ways to deal with cold weather.  Here are my top four ways to cope.

1. Winter will end.  It always has and always will.

That mantra is my best defense against cold weather.  I know it will end.  Sometimes in April or May, I will be on my bicycle and enjoying a warm spring day.  I have been alive for over 60 years, and it never fails, even in the depths of winter I can hold on to one thing that has always been true.  The cold weather will go away.  Yes, January and February are awful months for me, but that is about 60 days.  I can make most things work for at least 60 days.  I will this time as well.

2. February is short

Speaking of February remember it is the shortest month.  Yeah, think of it this way. The season I HATE includes the shortest month of the year.  If I lived in Australia the season, I love would include the shortest month.  Ha, take that all you folks who live south of the equator and who mock me in social media all winter.  Just wait until July, I will be sitting at the pool, and you will be cold for one of the longest months.  Sure, I know you are enjoying the beach, but just wait I will be dining outside and enjoying the warm summer nights.  Your turn like mine is coming.

3. It’s time to arrange my summer couture

I know that sounds silly but something I say on December 21st every year is that it is now time to arrange my summer couture.  No, I never do it, but I commit to it, I mean let’s face it I do not have couture let alone the need to arrange it.  By the way, in French couture means sewing.  We Americans use it to describe any exclusive product.  So, yes, I am arranging my sewing.  No, I never sew.  But I do have some thread that gets in my way a lot.

4. Snuggle

To be clear, I mean with Sheryl.  No, not you, I mean me.  Oh, heck I better leave this one alone.  I trust you know what I mean.

Have a great winter everyone, summer is coming, and my birthday (date of gift) is less than six months away.  It is time to think of your plan for my birthday for your summer couture.  Just saying.

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Comments

  • sandymm
    4 months ago

    I am with you, Rick. I hate winter, but I also hate the humidity that comes with summer. I just wanted to tell you that I love your sense of humor and how you handle winter. Thanks for the laughs; it helps winter pass by quicker!!

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips author
    4 months ago

    Thank you Sandy for the very kind words. I really so dislike winter, but I do love summer. Of course in summer I sit in my house wearing sweat pants and a sweat shirt.

    My wife says I belong at the equator in a sauna. Of course she is wrong. I would need a sweat shirt and sweat pants to go along with the sauna.

    🙂

  • Billi98
    4 months ago

    I agree the cold hurts the fingers and toes and sometimes the body to the core but I can’t handle the summer humidity. I live in Minnesota, it’s cold but I wear layers and love my electric blanket. I seem to flare in the summers when we have high temps and humidity. I guess the perfect temp for me would be 68 and sunny.

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips author
    4 months ago

    I live in Indiana so we avoid the extreme cold, and have high humidity summers (they tell us corn produces its own humidity). Still, I love riding my bicycle so getting out in the warm weather is a great relief. However, I think 68 sounds about wonderful all the way around.

  • starscream
    4 months ago

    I’m exactly the opposite. Icing my joints helps. As soon as it is below freezing I am able to go out and take long walks. In the summer my joints swell with the heat and the best I can do is stay in cold water.

  • starscream
    4 months ago

    Sometimes I even wear skirts with bare legs beneath and kneel in the snow. That feels wonderful!!!

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips author
    4 months ago

    Well I have never tried skirts, but I do understand that if we are cold or heat sensitive it is reief when the opposite occurs.

    If I thought wearing skirt would help, I know I would be all in. My wife however might object to my choice. Especially if i was wearing her skirts. :).

  • Marbob
    4 months ago

    I look forward to Winter. Usually don’t leave the house in the summer find it hard to breathe and lots of aches and pains

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips author
    4 months ago

    I am blessed to be able to ride my bicycle in the summer, but not in the winter. I am glad you enjoy winter. As for me, I am about to freeze here in Indiana. Brrr. 🙂

  • NPEOttawa
    5 months ago

    I used to waffle and say it wasn’t my favorite season, that I found it more difficult to cope with, etc., but the plain truth is I Hate Winter. Oh, I’ve tried to sport with others – skating, snow-shoeing, X-country skiing – but the best I can say about these is that if you have to be outside, it makes the time go faster. And I can feel good when it stops.
    I cope by enjoying the look of it through the window, while cozied up with a good book and my cats, by cooking vats of soup, and by planning a winter vacation and next year’s gardening. And being grateful that I can do that.

  • Monica Y. Sengupta moderator
    5 months ago

    So, randomly, it was 50 degrees and I strutting (edit: waddling) around saying “yeah, I can handle this!”…I think I got too big-headed because now it’s frigid and I’m huddled up inside refusing to go out into the world.

    I can’t really dice it any other way “Winter, I’m not a fan”.

    Great article, Rick!!!

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips author
    5 months ago

    Thanks Monica.

    We were at 55 degrees today, and I understand we expect to have a high of 42 tomorrow. Then declining to a high of 28 on Saturday grrr,, I hate winter.

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips author
    5 months ago

    I used to say the same about “not my favorite season”. I think RA gave me permission to speak my real truth. Sheryl says that by the end of March she has heard the record so often she is ready to break it. Ha, I remind her, you can break the record if you wish, but you cannot dispense with the truth. LOL

    Yeah, she is right, I even get tired of saying it. but darn I hate winter. 🙂

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