Benefits of Cold Weather

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” — Genesis 8:22

DSCN1610I’ve been trying to think of some positive things about the cold weather. I enjoy summer. I love being able to walk out of the house barefoot without having to bundle up. I love green fields, green leaves on the trees, and colorful wildflowers. I like not having to haul hay to the cattle or break ice off their water or scrape off the car before going to work. But winter isn’t going away, it comes every single year. So, without further ado, here are some perks to cold weather:

• I get to wear the beautiful, soft wool scarf my sister gave me and which she designed and knit herself.

• I only have to feed my sourdough starter once a day. It doesn’t fit in the refrigerator, so during warm weather I have to feed it morning and evening to keep it from going bad. I actually have two sourdough starters to feed — a rye starter and a gluten-free starter for my youngest brother — so the cold weather really saves me some trouble in this regard.

• And speaking of my starter, my bread raises really well during the cold weather and baking it warms up the kitchen pleasantly. During the summer, reaching into a 500 degree Fahrenheit oven is not particularly comfortable.

• It isn’t too hot to drink tea! Lately I’ve been enjoying Earl Grey tea with milk and a tiny bit of honey. I also really love cinnamon tea. Just boil some cinnamon sticks and add a bit of honey (the honey really enhances the flavor of the cinnamon) and you have a most fragrant and delicious cup of tea. Iced tea just isn’t the same. Oh, mulled cider and hot cocoa are also great!

• Soup is good again. I don’t much enjoy soup during hot weather, but when it’s cold out, a warm bowl of soup is wonderful. Some of my favorites are potato kale soup; thick, creamy split pea soup; and spicy lentil soup — made with a delicious and nutritious bone broth, of course.

“Beautiful Soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Beau–ootiful Soo—oop!
Beau—ootiful Soo—oop!
Soo—oop of the e—e—evening,
Beautiful, beautiful Soup!”

— from ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll

• It is cozy sitting under quilts or afghans while quilting, knitting, or crocheting them.

• Since it gets dark earlier in the evening, I get to see the stars more. The sky on a cold, clear night is stunning.

Quite frankly, nothing is going to make me like winter, as I simply detest being cold. Still, not everything about winter is bad, and one might as well look on the bright side!

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