How I Mentally Prepare for Winter

How I Mentally Prepare for Winter

It’s 7:54 p.m. and I just finished mowing the lawn.

In the dark.

A month ago, mowing the lawn after 7 p.m. wasn’t an issue. We did it regularly to avoid the hot weather.

However, tomorrow is the first day of fall and I’m not ready.

I’m in a love/hate relationship with fall. I love this season, with the decorating and pumpkin spice everywhere, but I’m not a fan of what comes next. I live in Ohio and that means cold and snow. Some people love the snow, and while I did as a child (snow days that meant playing in the snow) I’m not a fan when I must shovel my long ass drive way or clear off my car so I can see to drive (when I don’t get that snow day).  I dislike bundling up to go to the grocery store when I’m used to just jumping in my car and going in flip flops and a summer dress.

As I was mowing the lawn, struggling to see where I had just mowed and what needed to be mowed, I tried to give myself a pep talk for the upcoming winter months that lie ahead. I need to focus more on the positives rather than the negatives, so here’s a list of 10 things that I came up with to help me through the cold weather season in Ohio:

Apples and Pumpkins and Mums- Oh My!

I’m starting off with my favorite fall activities! We live near a few pumpkin patches and apple orchards, so we are in full supply of Honeycrisp apples come September (and a bunch of other apples throughout the year). Decorating our front porch with freshly picked pumpkins and mums from a local farmer is what I look forward to the most this season.

Blankets and Movie Nights

Just the thought of curling up under a big, soft blanket, munching on freshly popped popcorn and watching a movie and/or Netflix almost makes winter worth it.

Almost.

Cheering on the Cleveland Indians in the Post Season

Ah, yes! It’s a beautiful thing when your hometown team makes the playoffs and extends their regular season.  The extra income to the local areas, your city in the national spotlight for a positive reason and the chance to take home a title. Yes, those things are great and I agree with them all, but the main reason I love that the Indians are playing in October is that I can hold on to summer for just a little bit longer. When I hear that the Cleveland Indians are in training camp in February, it makes the dreary weather seem to go by fast knowing that opening day is right around the corner.  Even though opening day in April will most likely contain a snow flurry in Ohio, it means that summer is soon approaching!

Bonfires

My husband built a fire pit a few years ago and in this one simple act, brought so much relaxation to fall evenings.  Some of my favorite times in the fall involve sitting around a bonfire and chatting with friends and family. Sometimes it’s just my husband and I and it’s a great chance to reconnect and relax with no electronic devices.

Christmas

Yes, it’s a commercialized and chaotic time of the year, but when you have kids to celebrate with, it makes it so much more exciting! I’m the boring aunt that buys pajamas and books for my nephews but starting this year, I’m going to focus more on artistic gifts (I heart Crayola) rather than toys that end up cluttering their home and small pieces that are lost forever (no matter how organized you are). My older nephew is at the age of playing board games and I can’t wait to introduce him to the classics from my childhood.  Also, we live near a Christmas tree farm and occasionally will buy a live tree. Even if we don’t buy live, decorating for Christmas is another one of my favorite of mine.

Checking Out New Places with Friends

Summers are full of people going on vacations, graduation parties and weddings. It’s harder to coordinate schedules in the warmer months, which is why I enjoy the chance to reconnect with friends in the colder months.  There are a few restaurants and bars that I would love to check out, including one that offers a wide range of board games. A chance to play some Monopoly while chatting with friends? Sign me up!

Being Creative

My therapist said that the colder season tends to bring out the creativity in some people. I’m going to take her word on that. I can see how being inside on a cold, snowy day could inspire some creative writings or paintings, but I get my inspiration from the sun and water. (I’m a Pisces).  However, I’ll give it a try this winter season and see if it can inspire something inside of me that wasn’t there this summer.

Snow Days

I know, this goes against my whole “I hate snow” manta, but when you’re a teacher (or student) there’s nothing better than seeing your school name scroll across the bottom of the 6 a.m. news and immediately going back to sleep.

Organizing

Every January, I like to clean out my house of things that I haven’t touched all year long or no longer bring me joy (currently reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up– this January is going to get real).  When I get rid of things in my home that I no longer need, it’s like a weight is lifted off my shoulders. My mind feels clearer and I have more energy. It’s like this stuff lying around my house is blocking something in my body/mind and getting it out of my personal space finally frees me.

Vacation Planning

There’s a chance we might not go on a vacation next summer due to the likelihood of doing IVF, but under other circumstances, the winter is the season that we typically book our beach vacation spot.  My husband can request his vacation time starting in January, so it’s the perfect time to browse beach house rentals while the snow is accumulating outside. We go to bed and dream of hot, sunny weather while hoping that our pipes don’t freeze overnight.

 

Well, there you have it. Ten things to help me get through the upcoming winter season. I know it’s only the first day of fall, but when I prepare for things, I tend to deal with them better.

OK! I’m off to Google retirement condos in Florida.

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