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Q: What are your tried-and-true tricks for keep­ing cozy dur­ing the win­ter?

I eat hot oat­meal for break­fast, sip steam­ing herbal tea and make a lot of soups and stews. I also wear lay­ers of warm cloth­ing, like my knit socks and a toasty sweater that my mom made for me more than 20 years ago. And I al­ways have a quilt ready when the tem­per­a­tures re­ally drop.

DAG­MAR M. RI­LEY KEMPNER, TEXAS

My fa­vorite way to be warm and cozy is to bur­row be­neath a blan­ket with a kitty on my lap.

CRYS­TAL AN­DER­SON WATER­LOO, IOWA

Out here in the western foothills of Ore­gon’s Cas­cade Range, win­ters are typ­i­cally rainy, and sometimes it snows. To con­serve en­ergy, we keep our ther­mo­stat at a low tem­per­a­ture, so our house re­mains cool. But there’s a bas­ket in my fam­ily room filled with rolled-up quilts. When read­ing a book or do­ing a cross-stitch project, I snug­gle un­der one of them.

LAURA DOCKERY OAKRIDGE, ORE­GON

My heating pad is al­ways handy, as is a pair of mi­crowav­able slip­pers my son gave me. Read­ing or en­joy­ing a craft or funny movie also helps me fo­cus else­where.

HE­LEN BRESSLER BELLE PLAINE, MIN­NESOTA

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