10 Reasons I’m Not Ready to Let Go of Winter Yet

Remains of a snowman--on the deck of our previous house.

Remains of a snowman–on the deck of our previous house.

I know it has been a long, cold, snowy winter. My heart goes out to people who have to work outside in this season for any reason, especially when it is bitterly cold and nasty. I could list the folks who suffer through miserable winter work conditions, but you know who you are and for you, I am grateful.

I used to have to commute an hour to work each day, and on snowy winter days, those commutes turned into 2 or 3 hours each way. Not fun, or safe. I wish no one had to do that, but am thankful that my days of that are {hopefully} over.

Because of my current season of life, I have the privilege of enjoying winter, and frankly, I DO enjoy it. {Please don’t send me hate mail.} I even feel sadness at the thought of it going away. I have noticed this feeling at the close of several winters now, and this year it is especially strong. I told my husband that I think the Lord might be preparing me to move to Alaska or Russia, but Ken was pretty sure that I was reading into that 😉

So, without further ado, here are my Top 10 Reasons for wanting to hang onto winter a little bit longer:

1. The beauty of the season: Everything looks so clean and peaceful when it is covered in white.

Winter Scene

Winter scene with snowman

Winter Big Oak Tree

Need I say more?

2. One of my favorite feelings is “cozy”: I love being in my warm home on a snowy day, working on a project, admiring the falling snow or just enjoying the wintery views from all of my windows. I love having my family all together on a cold night, kids in their fleece jammies, watching a movie or playing games.  I love the crackle of a fire in the fireplace, fuzzy blankets, hot beverages, slippers and no place we need to go.

Hot Chocolate

3. Boots, skinny jeans and long sweaters: I’m an 80’s girl and being able to experience this fashion trend a second time around is dreamy.  I enjoy my winter wardrobe and am not ready to give it up yet. I’ll especially miss wearing boots every day.

4. No sun tan needed: My arms and legs are pretty much covered in the winter so I am rarely concerned about the paleness of my skin. Nor do I care if my toenails are painted. Ahhh, that’s nice.

5. My husband doesn’t have to fit hours of yardwork into his weekly schedule: That makes me happy for him and frees us up to do other things, or to go away for a few days without worrying about it.

6. My flower beds are covered: That may sound like a negative point, but my flower beds need a lot of work and I don’t have a strong back nor the money to make it look as I envision. Last year they looked especially out of control. When they are covered with a couple feet of beautiful white snow, I, nor anyone else, is reminded of how much attention they really need.

My flower bed on a winter's night.

My flower bed on a winter’s night.

7. Snow days: Or in the case of this year, “cold days.” Unexpected days off of school or work are a fun break from the norm and life takes a mandatory pause. Anyone who is fortunate enough to get an occasional snow day, knows the excitement and joy that it brings.

Snow Day!!

8. It’s not tornado or thunderstorm season: Unlike spring or summer storms, winter storms are usually predicted days in advance so we can be prepared to hunker down and get through it. So far, a winter storm has not brought us a flooded basement, power outage or loud noises that keep our kids {and therefore us} up all night. Instead, a snow storm generally covers everything in beauty, brings a certain peacefulness, keeps my family close to me, and makes me feel cozy. {Are you seeing the pattern here?}

9. Not looking forward to rain and mud: Springtime is often gloomy with its chilly, wet days. I prefer a snow-covered winter wonderland to a brown muddy landscape.

10. Spring Cleaning: ’nuff said.

So, yes, I’m having a hard time with these rising temperatures and the melting snow. I’m not ready for this season to pass.

If you’ve got some great reminders of why I should be excited for springtime, please do me a favor and take a moment to leave them in the Comments section. I would love to be encouraged by what you have to say! Thank you!

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8 comments

  1. Ken says:

    You crazy. Bring on the spring and summer!!

  2. Janie says:

    LOVE this! Yep. I’m there too. Pretty much when school was canceled, everything else was too. Amazingly the weekends were pretty much OK. I know this, because no speech tournaments were canceled. Only Christmas Eve services were canceled, because of ice, but I had the stomach bug, so even that didn’t bother me this year. 😉 I’m not looking forward to tying into yard work either. Maybe if I could get my yard to a happy place, I wouldn’t mind it so much. 😛

  3. Jennifer Johnson says:

    Fun post Laury. You have a great way of expressing yourself in writing and with pictures. I most look forward to spring for flower buds popping out of the ground and warm temperatures. I get the biggest thrill as the first signs of new life push through the mulch in my flower beds, especially those by my front window. Although my beds are not perfect and there’s lots of work that should be done, I literally can’t wait for those first signs of spring. As far as the warm weather, what can I say, I lost the thrill for cold a long time ago. This winter I’ve had so many mixed emotions about my Mom living in Florida. One part of me is mad that she lives so far away and the boys don’t get to see their Grandmother very much and the other part of me is jealous of the warm weather she’s enjoying. But, we will be seeing her in less than a month. My niece Stefani is getting married on March 15th, so the whole family will converge on Fort Myers very soon.

    • Laury says:

      Hi Jennifer–Yah, I do look forward to seeing which flowers start to pop up first. I thought I had a picture of some crocus bursting through the snow that I was going to add to my post, but couldn’t find it. I’ll have to attempt to capture such shots this year. How fun that you have a FL trip just around the corner! I’m sure that will be a great time–hope you enjoy it and maybe I’ll see some pics!! 🙂 Are you involved in the wedding at all?

  4. Connie says:

    Wow! we are related! My feelings exactly. My flower beds are under several feet of snow & I think of all of the work that needs to be done to them too. The mowing & yard work is another thing that gets to be a chore. Cozy, I always think of Charlie when I hear or use that word. When he was smaller & couldn’t get to sleep at night he would say ” I can’t get cozy”. Cozy is a great feeling.
    Yes, I will miss the beauty of the snow & the peacefulness it brings. I also look forward to the beautiful blooms that will appear after the snow is gone. Seasons change & that is a good thing.

    • Laury says:

      Yah, my kids got used to hearing and saying “cozy” at a young age too. I like to hear them say it 🙂 I have always enjoyed all of the seasons. I guess it’s good that I tend to enjoy the ones I’m in rather than longing for the next one. Good thing we adjust quickly.

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