Wednesday, November 7, 2007

10 reasons to like winter

Well, I found myself grumbling a lot today about the advent of winter. It's just not my favorite season. However, I have also had the indisputable privilege of listening to or being around the umpteenth showing of Madame Blueberry. As a result I have "A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart" running through my head over and over and over again. At some point I have to pay attention.

So, because I could use this whole happy heart thing, and not the grouchy mommy who appears at our house on an all-too-frequent basis I have been thinking of the top ten reasons I am thankful for winter and I will share them with you.

10. No more mosquitoes. This is especially good because Spud has this compulsive need to pick at his bites until they bleed. Over and over again. Oh, and Alana, you don't need to comment and sarcastically ask where he got that from, I know I did it too, but I kinda wanted him to inherit my winning smile and my killer wit, not the weird, compulsive need to pick at anything abnormal on his skin.

9. My deck and my garage can now double as an extra freezer and fridge.

8. I no longer have to sit on the bus and wonder if that lady is wearing a bikini top or if she is just wearing her bra. And nothing else on top. On the bus. In front of my kids. But then I realize that they probably don't make purple satin bikinis with lace.

7. I no longer have to wonder what would possess someone to wear just a bra and cut-offs on the bus. In front of my kids.

6. Wintry days are perfect for cuddling up in front of a fire with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. Unfortunately Sprout would make for the fire like a moth to a flame, knocking my hot chocolate over onto my book on his way. But winter days are still good for thinking about a fire, with a book and hot chocolate while I help my kids paint with shaving cream.

5. Snow is pretty. So are flowers, I miss flowers

4. The steady stream of unwanted door to door solicitation pretty much dries up in the winter. The only ones brave enough are the missionaries (of all faiths) and I have sympathy for them. I might even give them a cup of coffee. But it'll depend on how well this whole happy heart thing holds up.

3. Way Cooler no longer has to mow the lawn giving him more time to watch hockey play with his kids.

2. Tobogganing. Because there is nothing like careening down an icy hill on a thin piece of plastic (with no steering) in -20 degree weather to say, I'm a crazy Canadian.

1. And the number one good thing about winter, it only lasts for 4-5 months!


Dawn and Dale said...

Unless you live where we live....

then it lasts 6-7 mths!! Ugggg....

Sue said...

And skiing! Don't forget skiing! I'm in denial. It's been 60 degrees every day for the last week and so I am not sure what you are talking about because winter is far, far, far away. La la la I can't hear you...

char said...

I'm with Dawn- oh to have ONLY 4-5 months of winter!!AHHHHHHH

---HockeyDude--- said...

goodness sakes, I don't recall you being all this sarcastic when we lived in the same town ! Did I rub off on you, OR were you a closet sarcasimist ?

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Anonymous said...

You forgot the best (and most important) part about winter. Tim Horton's Roll-Up-The-Rim!!

I laughed when I read what Hockeydude said. Trust me, The Geek has always had this sense of humor. That's why we all love her so much!


Leia said...

I love winter. But I also love spring when it comes. Then summer when it comes. Then fall when it comes. Then winter when it comes. Then spring when it...wait...have I said that already? ;p It's a good thing I'm in the mid-Atlantic and get a pretty good couple of months for each (usually)!

Thanks for your comment on my post (AJ not sleeping through the night). That's my husband's advice as well...but it's hard to convince my sleepy brain in the middle of the night that letting him cry (which keeps me awake) is better than letting him nurse and go back to sleep (which means that I get to go back to sleep). I'm sure I'll get there eventually though!

It's nice to meet someone who, like me, has "embraced their geekdom!"

JCK said...

I laughed over the cuddling up in front of the fire, but then not having a fire due to child endangerment. We have had about 10 fires in the fireplace in about 4 years. The kids are finally old enough to not want to dive into it, but of course we still have to monitor.

This was such a fun list. You crack me up. Picking mosquito bites is a bad one. BOY had that going on this summer when we visited my mom in Florida.

And, I am seriously jealous of the tabogganing (what a fun thing to do with kids!) and wasn't sure how to spell that, so thank you.

KnittinChick said...

You've forgotten that winter brings the lack of guilt over exercise. In the summer: guilt when I see sleek, svelte, muscular people happily running by my house. In the winter: sympathy for those poor souls who think that they are having fun. Bring on another cookie and the imaginary or real hot chocolate!

Heather said...

Hey cuz! You're funny...My favourite parts of winter - fresh fruit, sunny skies and getting a tan =)