Getting through the Rural Winter
To quote the popular Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming”. We are at the very beginning of it now and have to get through the next few months or more before we get to almost Spring. Winters in upstate New York are long, and temperatures can get quite cold. Roads are messy and hazardous to drive, and every time we step out the door, we know it might be an adventure. For those of us who obsess about getting to the other side of the season, these tips are for you!
Let yourself indulge in all of the things that make winter pleasurable. Sit by the fire, drink your hot chocolate, and put on those thermal pajamas. Find the good in lazing around your home; draw that landscape picture you always wanted to, read that book everyone is talking about, or take the time to relax and recuperate from the long days of work. Don’t let yourself get caught up moping around the house. Take this winter opportunity to do that one thing you’ve always wanted to.
As much as everyone loves open toed shoes, they will not help keep you comfortable during the winter months. If you’re cold- you’re unlikely to enjoy the winter. Be sure to invest in a warm coat, wool socks, and proper boots. Thick wool sweaters are your friend as are long underwear. Fingerless gloves can help for around the house too!
Don’t be afraid of the crock pot! Winter is a great time for food- hearty and delicious stews that simmer all day and fresh baked pies. Not only will the smells make your house aromatic, using the kitchen is another way to keep you warm and toasty.
Take advantage of what makes rural living special- it gives you the opportunity to reconnect with nature and your family. Accept that winter will happen, you will be stuck inside. Make the best of your situation and use the winter as an opportunity to get closer with your family. Explore your property during one of the most beautiful seasons that rural communities get to experience.