We've been hit by another cold spell here in Colorado. It's supposed to go down to around -10 tonight. However, by the weekend it's supposed to go up to the 40's (balmy!). I had all these great intentions to get out and attend things the last couple of days, but didn't get there.
Yesterday was the monthly Colorado Native Plant Society meeting. They have interesting speakers, and I usually know a couple of the people that attend, but I got home and stayed home. Thursdays, there's a knitting group that meets on the south end of town. I had every intention of going there tonight, but got home and it just seemed more attractive to stay inside.
Now, I don't think this is a symptom of being antisocial or anything (I hope not!). There just seems to be plenty to do here at home. There's a local food meet up monthly that I want to get to eventually, and a couple of the local bookstores host interesting things. There's plenty to look forward to when it gets a bit warmer.
It always helps to have the right gear when it's cold. When I was in Ohio over Thanksgiving, my dear brother and SIL bought me a wool shirt-jac from the Bemidji Woolen Mills . Sadly, it was too small, and they're having me pick out another one (that's what the link goes to - J and M, I'll kick in half!). This better be one hell of a jacket, it's not cheap!
I'm sure, though, if there's one thing people in Northern Minnesota know about, it's wool clothing. But here's an interesting observation. It seems that people don't break out their winter coats until after the start of the new year. Until then, they wear jackets like the one I picked out, probably a scarf and some mittens, but their REAL winter coat sits in the closet until some time after Christmas. As it was explained to me, this is sort of akin to not letting winter get the upper hand. It's a psychological victory to think to yourself that you're not wearing your winter coat, so it must not be winter yet. Sounds good to me.
Here's a bit of perspective: way up 'dar around Bemidji tonight, it's supposed to go down to -24 degrees. Holy moly. SIL's mom lives up there. A much less forgiving environment, it would seem. Sleep well and warm, all.