Winter Tag!

Amelia from You Can Always Start Now shared a blog post all about winter, and given that I live in a city known across the country (and possibly further) as “Winterpeg”, I figured I would embrace the storm we got on Monday last week and share my wintery thoughts! As someone who has lived in the middle of Canada for her entire life (save for the year I lived in Dublin), I think I’m in a pretty good position to comment on the season/half year known as Winter…

Winter Tag!

  1. Do you have a favorite winter activity?
    Hmmm, it’s either a toss-up between walking the dogs or reading by the fire. (Usually the first, followed by the second.) The winter is actually a great time to get in shape, as you burn more energy keeping yourself warm, and it takes more effort to move through the snow. Plus, I enjoy that I get to change up my outdoor activities and don’t get bored. (Take a regular summer game, play it in the snow, and tell me that it’s not hilarious to watch.)

    Agnes tree winter

  2. What is your favorite winter accessory?
    Definitely my Lord and Taylor blanket scarf- it is warm outside, and perfect to use at the office if the temperature isn’t high enough for me. (Spoiler alert: it’s never high enough for me!) I’ve got to say, if you live anywhere cold or damp, investing in a good, quality blanket scarf is a must. The cheap fashion scarves don’t really do much when it comes to wind and wet, but a good scarf is a life saver!

    Lord and Taylor Plaid Scarf, Comfort Clothes

  3. Do you have a go-to winter food/meal?
    Hmmm, I don’t think that I have a particular meal, really anything warm and hardy. I typically only do soup if I’m sick, so it’s a lot of baked meals. Although, these past few months have been more of my taco pasta salad (recipe to be shared soon). I will say, I do eat more oatmeal in the morning/at lunch, because it goes a long way to filling you AND making you warm (which often go hand in hand).

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  4. Are you a glove or mitten person?
    Mittens- gloves are the fastest way to get hypothermia in your fingers, folks! Plus, if you’ve got snow monkey mittens like I do, it appears as though your mittens are eating your steering wheel and sometimes laughing at that when you are exhausted and headed to work is better than looking stylish in gloves! (I do have leather Kate Spade gloves for nice events, though.)

    winter accessories

  5. Would you prefer rain or snow during the winter?
    Certainly snow- once the snow has fallen, and the roads are clean, snow is actually pretty easy to deal with. If it’s a dry climate with snow, as long as you dress appropriately for the weather, you actually stay pretty warm. When I lived in Dublin, the damp rain in the winter was really hard on my joints. Also, I think we can all agree that it’s a lot more fun to play in the snow than it is to play in the rain- no one ever said “I would like to ski down that mountain that just had fresh rain”…

    Agnes winter walk

  6. What book would you recommend to curl up with on a storm day?
    I don’t know that I can limit it to just one book recommendation!! I would say to dig into a good biography, like Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (to make you think AND to make you laugh), or a good piece of fiction, like The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern! If it’s a storm day, I like to read the book in one whole sitting for two reasons: 1) I probably don’t have much else to do, and 2) I think that a lot of books are better when read in one sitting.

  7. Do you embrace winter or dread it?
    I embrace it! When you live somewhere that has snow from November to April (sometimes starting in October and ending in May), you have to enjoy it. Thankfully we have dogs in our family that can handle the cold- or will be able to next winter, in the case of Agnes- and taking them for walks and play time in the snow is a lot of fun. And when you spend time outside in the winter enjoying the cold, it makes coming in a lot more fun! (It’s the whole basis of hygge…) If someone truly dreads winter, I would recommend they avoid living in much of Canada. Also, if you are dreading something, looking for a positive goes a long way to making it enjoyable!

    Agnes coat winter walk

How do you embrace the winter? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian
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14 thoughts on “Winter Tag!

  1. thebeasley March 12, 2018 / 5:49 am

    You’ve literally just converted me to mittens! I never thought about the whole gloves/mittens debate before, but what you said here has made me think! Mittens for me next winter then! Oh and I dread winter. They go on forever and I’m very much a spring through to autumn kind of girl.

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    • anhistorianabouttown March 13, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      MITTENS FOR THE WIN!! (I also might just enjoy saying the word mittens….) I enjoy autumn, but spring here is absolutely awful. It’s slush and sand and salt from the hundreds of times the roads are sanded throughout the winter. You literally couldn’t ride your bike as a kid until close to the end of May until the city cleaned the roads of all the remnant sand because it wasn’t safe 😦

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      • thebeasley March 16, 2018 / 6:57 am

        Oh God that does sound rubbish! If it’s any comfort, spring is yet to arrive here. I’m starting to lose my patience ha.

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  2. gigglingfattie March 12, 2018 / 9:13 am

    aww look at cute little Agnes in her winter things! ADORABLE!!

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    • anhistorianabouttown March 13, 2018 / 7:13 pm

      Hahaha, she’s a little too tiny and can’t generate enough heat, so we need our vest and booties to stay warm 🙂

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      • gigglingfattie March 13, 2018 / 8:54 pm

        Thats adorable!! My dog will wear a coat but thats it. And its this HUGE struggle to get it on but once its on he’s ok. Then its a HUGE struggle to get it off and he wants to play tug of war with it after haha. He’s such a drama queen

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          • gigglingfattie March 17, 2018 / 6:53 am

            Hehe no but he HATES getting bathed. When its over I wrap him up and carry him from the basement to the main floor and set him dowb and dry him off as quickly as possible because he then RACES through the house as fast as possible a few times before rubbing his face along to carpet haha

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  3. tahenryauthoress March 12, 2018 / 10:13 am

    I live in the Pacific northwest, we get a lot of rain, which my dog hates. As soon as the first snow flurries start he is outside romping like a puppy. He loves the snow. He likes to toss up clumps of snow and catch them in his mouth.

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    • anhistorianabouttown March 13, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      Dogs in the snow is the ABSOLUTE best- I challenge anyone having a bad day to watch a dog playing in the snow and not have a smile on your face!!

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  4. Hannah March 12, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    I mostly enjoy winter! Your mittens sound amazing!

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  5. You Can Always Start Now March 13, 2018 / 11:57 am

    so glad you did the tag! We are getting a snow later today. Yes to mitts and a good scarf. Also snow over rain (slush HATE it).

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    • anhistorianabouttown March 13, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      We are supposed to get a little next week, but it is supposed to be followed by 2-5 degree weather!

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