Let the season’s storm rage on
Winter is a time to endure in these parts but you may as well make the most of it ...
Well, the cold may have never bothered Queen Elsa of Arendelle from Frozen, but it bothers me. In fact, I hate the cold. As does everyone in my household. Give us the sun, heat, the and the humidity that comes with summer any day of the week.
And yes, I know that in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t get that cold in Ipswich, but as Gollum yells to Bilbo, “We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever!”
That said, winter is inevitable. So how do we cope with it? Well, apart from the obligatory whinge or two (or maybe three or four) when winter’s breath starts to chill our days and nights, my main solution is: layers.
Leave the house in the morning with at least five layers, and peel off during the day (because really, it gets quite warm – and kids run around at school during the day and get hot anyway) and then put the layers back on from about 4pm onwards.
The main issues we have with winter are the constant runny noses and the threat of getting the dreaded lurgy, and even worse, the flu (not just man-flu, but the actual flu). Regular consumption of vitamin c rich foods are a must, and for some extra protection, go with echinacea, garlic and zinc tablets.
This year, we’re all getting the flu jab – you may or may not want to do that, but we’re doing it. Last year’s flu hit us hard and we want to minimise that risk this year.
Delicious food such as beef cheeks, hearty lentil dishes (if you can convince your child to eat such things – mine won’t eat it), and lamb shanks are regularly on the menu. Kid-favourite dishes such as mac and cheese (either made from scratch or the microwave versions) are a staple in our house, as are any number of other pasta dishes, and of course, lasagna.
In terms of family activities, if the day is nice, we try to go outside in the sun – either to just hang out in the yard, or play/practice rugby. If the weather is less than ideal then it’s a day spend on the couch, under a doona, watching movies, and eating popcorn. Or if we can be bothered, an afternoon at the cinema is always a good backup plan for a cloudy winter day.
Whatever you decide to do this winter, keep warm, make memories, and I hope you don’t get the flu!
And it’s always good to remember Percy Bysshe Shelley’s question: “O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”.
Leave ❛❛ the house in the morning with at least five layers ...