October 19: Cold Weather Tips
“I was just thinking, if it is really religion with these nudist colonies, they sure must turn atheists in the wintertime.”– Will Rogers
Featured Bloggers for WQW #39: Bracing for the Storm
For those of you who contributed to WQW #39, we thank you for your ideas to make us fit as a fiddle.
- BEACH WALK REFLECTIONS – FRANK REFLECTS ON RAIN
- BEACH WALK REFLECTIONS – FRANK DISCUSSES WIND
- KEEP IT ALIVE WINDY WORDS OF WISDOM
- LADY LEE – MEMORIES FROM THE LAND OF TYPHOONS
- LIGHT WRITE LIFE – FLOODS FORCE A MOVE
- PICTURE RETIREMENT – NEWS FROM FLORIDA ABOUT HURRICAN IAN
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – FLEETING MOMENTS
- WIDE EYED WONDERINGS – STORMS IN MEME COUNTRY
IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW
Currently, this weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is at least one quote to go with your post. Share photos, and/or write a poem, story, or memoir. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.
Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome.
For More Cold Weather Tips
YOUR BLOG POST GOES HERE – FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE POST IF A PARTICULAR TOPIC MOVES YOU.
- EKLASTIC – GET THE RIGHT CLOTHES
- KEEP IT ALIVE – ENJOYING THE SEASONS
- LADY LEE – EVERY WINTER HAS A SPRING
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – FLEETING MOMENTS
- SERENDIPITY – SEEKING INTELLIGENT LIFE ON EARTH – WEATHER PATTERNS, TREES AND CLOTHES
- WIDE EYED WONDERINGS – bRRR
Tips for Cold Weather
Are you getting cold weather yet? Remember it’s fleeting. The last two evenings, my winter coat came out of the closet for my walk. Vince turned on the heat for the first time. It got down to about 40 degrees outside. Rather than moving to Sun City or Hawaii, there are a few things you can do to make your life bearable in the cold weather.
Remind yourself that winter is a fleeting moment in time and enjoy the cold.
Take Care of Yourself
“I would honestly say the biggest thing for cold weather is a good face moisturizer with SPF. Winters are harsh, wind chill’s real, and, a lot of the time, it’s a really dry climate, and so your lips will crack, your face will start to get dry, your nose will peel; it’s easy to get sunburnt, windburnt.”Gus Kenworthy
I haven’t lived in a REALLY cold weather state since I was 15 except for a three-year stint in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I don’t consider myself an expert or a lover of cold weather, but in addition to the tips I found online, here are a few of mine.
- If you have really sensitive lips that crack deeply in the cold like I do, Mary Kay has a vaseline-type product that healed my lips which stayed cracked from February to August the first year I lived in Colorado. It’s called “Extra Emollient Night Cream.” I haven’t had to use it in either CA or AZ, but I keep moisturizing lipstick on my lips most of the time.
- I hate the static electricity that accompanies winter weather. Carry dryer sheets to rub on clothes and hair to prevent static electricity or cling. I also use moisturizer if I’m going to wear something that tends to cling. Wetting your hands and rubbing your clothes can also help in a pinch when everything is clinging to you. Carry something metal you can touch before you shake hands. This takes the charge instead of your new boss’s hand.
What to Wear
“I think really good style is all about accessorizing and layering. For me, I feel like you can always dress much better in cold weather than you can in warm weather.”Justin Rose
“There’s no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothes.”Billy Connolly
There were not always a wide array of choices in earlier times. From the earliest hunter and gatherer era, animal furs kept humans warm in the winter, providing both clothing and housing. Fur trading was a staple industry of the Pacific Northwest in the 1800s. People around the world counted on these warm furs to make clothing for winter weather.
Today we have fewer animals, more humans, and more choices of materials to keep us warm in the cold weather.
- In super cold climates, leather boots don’t keep you warm. Trust me, my Dad gave me new boots when we moved from Oregon to Colorado Springs. I thought that I’d be so well prepared. WRONG After one winter outdoor excursion in the snow, I bought and lived in my insulated snow boots that had rubber soles. Columbia has a pair that looks similar to what I had for about $90. I probably got mine at Fred Meyer or somewhere like that for much less. I also invested in a long, down coat. It was comfortable even in Central California winters for yard duty.
- A friend here in Prescott told me about electric socks to keep your feet warm. I bought some last year on Amazon after they got them in stock again in March. I haven’t tried them yet.
- I hate gloves because they make my fingers crack. My favorite gloves are leather with a fur-like lining. More than that I love my coat pockets.
- I also hate hats. My head is not shaped right for them. If they fit comfortably on the top of my head, they cover my eyes, even turned up so they cover my head twice. My Australian friend, Carol, the Eternal Traveller, crocheted me the nicest scarf I’ve ever had. It’s super wide and super long. I could probably wrap it around me and wear it as a long dress. It is the most comfortable piece of winter clothing I have besides my coat. You can check out Jodie’s Touch of Style to see fashionable ways to wear scarves. I just wrap my huge scarf over my head and around my neck a couple of times. If it’s too cold, I can pull it up over my mouth and nose. Thank you always, Carol!
“Imagine if fire extinguishers were full of snow. Imagine the fun we could have.”– Neil Hilborn
NanNoWriMo is coming up in November. No wonder – it gives writers a reason and goal to sit down and get lost in their novels instead of a snowstorm. I did that one year, (wrote, not got lost) and it was exhilarating. (and a little grueling, but fun).
“Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind, As man’s ingratitude.”– William Shakespeare
There are cold hearts, cold shoulders, cold fear, and even cold cuts (both the meat and the insults.)
This is the saddest picture I took during my blogger trip to the Pacific Northwest. There were some homeless encampments in Portland, but not as many as I expected. The homeless live everywhere now – as always. And the problems persist. This man didn’t look up once in the short time I saw him. He had completely shut himself from the cold harsh realities of this world.
Now it’s your turn.
What warms your heart on a cold day? Any tips for the upcoming cold days?
Ongoing on Always Write
- PPAC Photographing Public Art each Friday – no theme – one more day to post for this week.
- Upcoming topics for WQW
- October 26: Holiday: Halloween/or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review
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