5 Reasons to Love This Long Winter

Apparently March has arrived.

Huh.

Looking out my window, everything as far as the eye can see is still covered with a thick layer of white stuff. And my foyer is a jumble of snow boots, hats and gloves.

Don’t even get me started on my banister. It’s been stacked high with puffy parkas since November.

This winter seems to be going on for-ever.

In my neck of the woods, we’ve been bracing ourselves against record low temperatures and record high snow fall totals since before Thanksgiving.

Believe you me, I’m as tired as everbody else of having to dress in a dozen different layers. Not only does it add several minutes to my morning routine, it gives the allusion of added weight gain and, really, isn’t that just pouring salt on a frost-bitten wound?

Given that my weather guy can’t promise an end to this snow-mageddon anytime soon, I’ve made the conscious decision to look on the bright side.

Here’s what I’ve been able to come up with so far:

  1. No bugs – Ants and mosquitoes are the bane of my summer time existence. Yes, I know they’re just laying in wait, ready to pounce once the mercury rises, but until then, I’m enjoying the reprieve.
  2. No gardening – Call me a freak, but I have never understood the thrill of planting flowers or vegetables. Instead, I get my food and flowers as God intended – at a grocery store.
  3. Comfort food – It’s not winter without them, right? What better excuse to inhale calorie-laden dishes like macaroni and cheese, lasagna and mashed potatoes? Like hibernating bears, we need the extra calories to do things like stay warm, shovel, and surf Netflix when it’s too cold to go outside. 
  4. Baking cookies – Besides helping to warm the house, it’s just another clever way to sneak more chocolate into my woefully nutrient-packed diet.
  5. And, last but not least, is anyone else waiting in rapt anticipation of what the Weather Channel will do if it runs out of names for winter storms?
Until it thaws…
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