I know I'm in for a looong winter because it's only December 20th and I'm already heartily tired of the cold weather. Call me a whiner if you will, but I face each morning's two-block walk from the parking lot to my building with ever-increasing grimness. I think the walks back may be even colder and uglier.
Our house is old and drafty, so we've had to move our betta fish into a small bowl on top of the cabinet above our toilet, just to keep him warm enough to survive. If we have an ice storm and the power goes out, I don't know where we'll take him.
On Sunday during my cookie exchange party, my niece was watching kids' Christmas videos in our bedroom and complaining about how chilly it was in there. That evening, I moved the window blind aside and discovered that - d'oh! - the storm window was still open. Ditto for the storm window in the kitchen. Way to keep those gas bills down. Sigh.
It's one thing to be cold at home - I'm used to that. The bad thing is that my office is cold now, too. I had a meeting yesterday in a corner conference room that might as well have taken place outdoors. The area around my desk is uncomfortably cool as well. I'm considering bringing in a throw to wrap around my legs like a sleigh blanket.
The only good thing about the cold weather is that it spurs me to make a lot of soups and stews. Just in the last few days I've made pots of chili and potato soup and I have all the ingredients for minestrone lined up and ready.
There's nothing to do now but bundle up until spring. As much as I'd like to jet off to a tropical island to finish out the winter, that's not in the cards. I suppose I should be glad I don't still live on acreage with livestock that has to be fed and watered all winter long. Yes, just remembering that makes me feel a lot better!