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Monday, January 20, 2014

simple things that get me through the winter

It's cold and gloomy. The forecast is for snow. We get a dusting or a cold rain. The temperatures go up and the temperatures go down. 

It's a typical central Kentucky winter. Definitely not the prettiest time of the year here and it's a season that is always hard for me to get through. 

So I wait for spring or at least a pretty snowfall. 


And while I wait, I have my creature comforts that get me through what seems like an endless winter.

I have always loved both baskets and quilts and so I always keep some close by. Being able to reach for a pretty old quilt from wherever I am sitting is the perfect snuggle factor. I love this one because it's small size makes it perfect to just throw over my lap when I am working on my laptop or reading.



Books? Did I hear someone mention books? 

I always have stacks of them.This one is sitting at the foot of my bed on an old milking stool. 



Once I started reading at age 6, I never stopped. I'll read pretty much anything including the cereal box. I'm not a huge TV watcher, so reading helps get me through the dark days and nights.

When the sun does happen to come out, I throw open the blinds and sit by the window where I can soak up the warmth and the light. If you happen to be driving by you might see me with my sunglasses on and my flip flops propped up in the window sill while I catch the rays.



A cup of coffee while I work the crossword in the morning.


Some homemade coconut and vitamin E body butter gifted to me by my daughter. It is really great for dry winter skin. In fact, by the time spring rolls around I will probably look 20 years younger (or so I tell myself)


If you would like to make your own you can find directions here.

and just having things around me that I love.


These are the simple things that get me through the winter.

Hurry up spring. You can't get here fast enough for me.



 

30 comments:

  1. Laura, everything you have mentioned here gets me through the long winter days as well. I am going to try the coconut oil body balm. That sounds amazing. Love, love, love snuggly quilts and reading by the window ~ stay warm and hopefully it will be spring soon ;-)

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    1. Coconut oil and vitamin E are both really great for your skin. Mine is so dry it just soaks it up :)

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  2. I'm a sucker for old quilts too. They just seem so much cozier. I love to read but tend to do it in random fits. But spending so much time at the hospital lately, I am catching up on my reading. Right now I am reading The Goldfinch. Have you read it? If not, add it to your list.

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    1. So happy that your mom is doing better, Kim. I just finished The Goldfinch. An excellent read.

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  3. I love baskets and quilts, too but right now I think I'm needing some of that cream! Off to follow the link! Thanks! Hope it works FAST! lol Sweet hugs!

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    1. I was thinking of making it. but my lazy self was so happy when my daughter gave me two jars. Dr. Oz really recommends it. We are going to be sooooo young looking, my friend. :)

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  4. loved the '20 yrs younger by spring' comment. :)

    that was a very pretty snow scene.

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    1. That was taken a couple of years ago. No pretty snowfalls yet this year.

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  5. I love that first picture of all the snow. It looks like a postcard! I never realized that Kentucky gets that much snow. I think of you as such a southern state. I can't believe we haven't had any during all of these cold days! I haven't seen snow in almost 3 yrs. Looks like you have found some good ways to keep you occupied during these cold days.

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    1. We consider ourselves a southern state too, Kelly, but we do occasionally get some pretty snow.

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  6. I love old quilts and throws and baskets. It's getting colder here this week as the Polar Vortex makes a second appearance but thankfully we're on the outside edge of it so it won't be 'as' bad as the central parts. I just want to stay inside this week and am glad I don't have to go far. I'm tweaking my inside decor to keep me occupied and to give me a brighter change of scenery. Your snowy scene is beautiful! Blessings. Pamela

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    1. After a day in the fifties today, the polar vortex returns tomorrow. BRRRRR!!!!!

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  7. Well, it's 70 here today which is pretty typical for a California winter. However, I know how days of snow (we get that most every year) can make me sad. I LOVE that blanket with the orange binding. It makes me happy. I've read all the books in your stack (averaging about 350 books a year) so I totally get what you mean about no television. Hang in there. Spring is hiding under all that snow.

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    1. We are definitely kindred reading souls :)

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    1. Thanks, Katie. Hope you stay warm up in Boston, too.

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  9. I love your lists and I do many of those simple things. It's gray and cloudy here today, with snow on the horizon for tomorrow. I live for a sunny day, which always makes a big difference in my attitude. But in the meantime, I snuggle, I have projects to do, I read a lot, I drink hot chocolate and I think of spring!

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. The sun definitely makes a big difference in my attitude, too, Claudia.

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  10. I can see so many similarities between you and me! Especially the reading part. I don't watch TV at all, actually and the only thing that is different is that I don't drink coffee. I haven't visited your blog for a while and I love the way it looks now!

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    1. As I don't consume caffeine, my coffee is decaf, but I love the taste of it. Thanks for the blog love. It is always a work in progress. Trying for a simpler look :)

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  11. That's a pretty winter snowfall! it's snowing here now. Yesterday it was in the 40's and temps will be well below zero tonight. Like you said temps are up and down.
    We will get through this winter. Spring is on it's way

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    1. I know it is out there in the distance somewhere, Barb :)

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  12. Loving your “think Spring” attitude, Laura. In the meantime snuggle in.

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  13. I can relate to having things you love all around you to pass the time away in the Winter. It always seems so long, but looking at your first photo above, Winter can be beautiful, too.

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  14. I LOVE your simple things to get you through the winter, Laura. I am a reader, too. I've been reading since before I started school. I am going to try whipping the coconut oil I have. That is one reason I don't use it is because it gets so solidified. Thanks for the tip- xo Diana

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  15. Thank you, thank you thank you for that link to the whipped coconut butter. I've been trying different mixtures that I have found online, but like the person in the blog said, they are so hard. I'm off to whip my butter...oh that sounds kind of naughty..

    Just joking.

    Love your quilt.

    Jen

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  16. Hi Laura,

    I love all your winter warmth suggestions! Books and warm throws, blankets, books.. it helps us hunker down and hibernate for the winter. As tough as it seems sometimes, I think the seasonal changes are good to go through and I feel fortunate to be living in a state where we see the season change:) The coconut oil and vitamin E is SO wonderful for dry skin;) xxL

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  17. Good morning, Laura! I have a large tub of coconut oil. I'm going to whip up a batch to take to Whistler! So far our Winter has been mild. I hear that another arctic blast is coming. It looks like you are well prepared, my friend!
    Stay safe and warm!
    w/L

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  18. Love all of your simple things, Laura. It is snowing here in NJ and it is going to turn colder too.

    Cynthia

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  19. I make a lotion with coconut oil and olive oil. I love it. I'm going to try your whipped method tho. That sounds better.

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