by Madeline Iva
Oh, baby, I love it when it’s cold outside. It’s brrrrrilliant. Snow hides so many landscape flaws. Big sweaters hide so many bulges. In fact, I have no problem becoming hands and a face for months at a time.
Hats are charming, as are gloves and mittens. Your face looks better pink, and the cold boosts your metabolism. What’s not to love?
I remember the first time I was driving in the snow. Kind of skidded into a ditch and got stuck. First car that passed by stopped. Guy got out, pushed me out. It’s that kind of neighborliness that makes my heart go pitter-pat.
I remember the first time a guy tackled me into a snow drift. That was so hot. The first time a guy loaned me his jacket because I was cold. So sweet.
Also, I love all things Swedish. All things Icelandic. Oh hell, might as well throw the Finnish in there too. (But Norway, I’ve only got the stink eye for you.)
My big dream is to one day get to someplace really cold where they’ve built an ice castle.
I loved going to this winter solstice art show (outside, but they also had mulled cider and mulligatawny soup –yum!) where you could make your own ice lights and put candles in them and put them in a field. It was sooooooooo cool.
Basically, the reason I love the cold so much is that I’m a real home body. When it’s cold outside it’s perfectly appropriate to stay indoors. To huddle up–or even better cuddle up–in front of a fire, space heater or what have you. I’ve made use of dogs, cats, and giant mugs of hot drinks. Whatever works.
You’re perfectly okay reading a book, taking a nap — doing whatever it takes to stay warm. ;> If you know what I mean. And I think you do.
The one thing I haven’t liked about the recent cold snap is the sight of older women suddenly dragging out their furs. 🙁 While I adore a kicky little faux fur fun, the real stuff is blech to me, once I learned how they killed the animals.
So here’s to the arctic vortex! Here’s also to reliable heat, hot drinks, and awesome sweaters. Here’s to endless hats, scarves, and one day bringing back enough snow for pony sleigh rides. I’ve got about a million free reads on Book Bub to check out. Will report back to you soon with whatever gives me ssssssssteam heat. ;>