Friday, September 27, 2013

Survival Gear for Long Winters

I live in a mountain town. While we usually have a really nice and warm fall that is like an extended summer, because summer doesn't really hit these mountains until the last week in June, this year is different. This year it is already cold. And maybe the weather will turn in a week or so and late summer will return. But right now it feels more like November than the end of September. And I saw snow on the mountain tops as I drove to work this morning. Brrr!

Because it's so cold already, I thought it'd be a good time to share with you five things that help me survive the long winters around here. 

1.  Good boots. These are not my only pair of boots. But they've gotten a lot of use as a result of recent rain.

2. Warm fleece. It doesn't have to be a fun color, but it doesn't hurt either. There is just something about wearing bright colors that makes winters more cheerful. 

3. Down coat. My down coat has gotten a ton of use since I got it. As in, I don't leave the house without it for about five months out of the year. And I may need to dig it out of storage early this year.  

4. Warm drinks. This mountain town is full of coffee shops. I don't drink coffee, but thankfully, coffee shops cater to tea drinkers too. They can usually whip up my ultimate treat, a hazelnut hot chocolate, too. 

5. Good books. It's getting dark early, early already. Which makes 8:00 p.m. feel like 10:00 p.m. So when it's dark and it feels late, but it's not really late, I need a good book to curl up with by a fire or under a blanket on the couch. Here's what's next on my reading list. 

What gets you through long, cold winters?