My answer….never. I do love the change of the seasons but my least favorite is winter.
When I got up this morning there was a heavy frost outside. It was beautiful but cold. I don’t enjoy the cold. I took a walk and snagged a photo hoping it would change my outlook. It didn’t….still don’t like the cold or winter even though it is pretty.
There is a four letter word that I swear is a cuss word and I cringe every time I hear it……..SNOW.
I am never mentally prepared for winter. I’m probably going to jinx Ohio for saying this, but I am grateful that it is December and we have yet to see that white fluffy stuff falling from the sky. Grateful that it hasn’t been so cold yet that I haven’t broken out the winter garb.
It’s coming, I know it is, so I might as well get prepared for the inevitable.
Here are a few things that I do to get prepared for that dreaded yucky winter.
- Make sure I have hat’s gloves and boots.
- Dig the snow shovel out and inspect it, so I know it will work.
- Buy a few bags of salt for my sidewalk and path to my car.
- Put a bag of salt in the trunk of car. I can always use it in an emergency. I can use it when it’s icy in any parking lot. I can use the unopened bag under a tire if I get stuck and it’s added weight to the car to help with traction.
- Keep an extra pair of gloves, hat, a pair of socks, jacket, a blanket, bottled water and a few snacks in the car in case I get stranded.
- I never let my car get below a quarter tank of gas. I want to make sure I have gas to stay warm if I get stranded or if I get stuck in traffic.
- I put plastic on my windows of my home to keep the warmth in. It saves on my fuel bill too.
- Kerosene heater with 5 gallons of fuel. Just in case the electricity goes out. This will keep a couple rooms warm, it will prevent my pipes from freezing and it’s another way to cook food if there is no electricity.
- Stock up on canned goods, bread, snacks and water. If I’m not able to leave the house I want to make sure I have something to eat while I am waiting for the snow to stop falling.
- Get my car inspected and fix whatever problem there is. I have the oil changed, and get new wipers. I want my car to be extra safe in the winter. I am too old to be setting in a broken car waiting for a tow truck.
- I keep lip balm and lotion in my purse. The winter does a number on this old menopausal skin.
- I get an extra box of tissues and stock up on cold/sinus medication. It never fails, I always get the flu, a bad cold or have a sinus infection this time of year.
- I open my blinds during the day to let the sun help heat my home. It saves on fuel and can brighten you mood too.
- Last: I pray that this winter is mild and I don’t have to use any of the above items.
I hope this winter passes without incident for all of you.
What do you do to be prepared for the yucky winter months?