I know I complain a lot about Winter. It’s in my nature. I always feel so stupid when I do because it’s not like I am the only one on the planet who has to deal with the cold. No one else seems to complain either. It’s a lonely job complaining about Winter.
This Winter has been a little different. Usually, I make it up to about December 20 and then start my ranting and raving about how much fun I am not having. This year, my spirits are still high. I think it might be because I have been making little adjustments here and there.
You know, Winter doesn’t have to be horrible.
So, what have I done to make Winter more comfortable for me? Here is a list:
– Sweatpants to walk around in instead of my just my boxers (I know, TMI)
– Slippers to wear instead of having just bare feet
– New humidifier to help the air actually feel warm
– All wheel drive vehicles to make driving in the snow something to look forward to
– Pellet stove to warm up my hands
– Snowblower to avoid 99% of shoveling
– Happy light to get some extra sun
– Jiu Jitsu to keep my endorphins on high alert
– An electric blanket to warm up the bed before I hop in
That last one is new.
Let me tell you a little something. Jumping into a bed with cold sheets is a lot of fun in the summertime. During the Winter, not so much. I hate it. There is nothing quite like getting in bed, throwing the covers over my head and curling up like a ball and then breathing heavy just to get the heat going. I know I’m not alone in this one. If you didn’t grow up in an apartment building where the heat is always on 90 degrees, you know what I’m talking about.
I decided that getting an electric blanket is probably one of my last little Winter comfort items. I bought it yesterday at Wal-Mart for $29.96. There were a few other brands, but they were over $60 and some even over $100. I thought those were too much because all I wanted was something to turn on for 10 minutes before I get in bed. Something to take the edge off so I don’t have to curl up like a ball anymore. I’m too old to be doing that. I couldn’t imagine the guy down the road curling up like a ball, so why do I?
I tried it out last night. Unfortunately, the blanket didn’t get all that warm. I only had it on for about three minutes while I brushed my teeth. I turned it off and got in bed. While the sheets weren’t cold, they weren’t warm either. Not like the electric blankets of yesteryear. I figure the blanket needs a good ten minutes to warm up to give me that awesome warm feeling. Kind of like the feeling of sliding into a really warm hot tub. Now that is a good feeling.