Thursday, December 30, 2010
Winter Survival Essentials
Depsite the cold, despite the snow, ice, and slippery conditions, life goes on. We must go to work, to the store, drive our cars, and stay warm. I commute daily for work and like thousands of other people, must stand outside in the elements for long periods of time waiting for a train that is always late, regardless of whether we are in the midst of snow storm or if the sun is shining brightly. Freezing does not even describe it. Ten minutes out there feels like hours when your teeth are shattering and your knees are knocking in the bitter cold. The cold gets right into your bones and it takes forever to get warm. It is exhausting.
Regardless of how you get to work or even if you are lucky enough to stay home and only venture out once a week to get your grocery shopping done; you need some Winter Survival Essentials. These are "must-haves" as far as I am concerned and will help to keep you warm inside and out as you brave the frigid temperatures.
A Big Puffy Coat
A Scarf as long as a Cobra Snake
Find a long, warm scarf you can wrap around your neck at least ten times. If you can pull it over your head and wrap around your neck, even better. Use it as a face mask to keep your mouth from freezing shut (a tragedy for a non-stop talker like me). I just know people are profiling me as I walk down the street, completely covered in black, my eyes the only visible feature. I don't care. I am warm!
Good Skin Care and Body Cream
Guy and girls-you must protect your skin in this rough weather. Lather on the cream. The richer and more emollient, the better. It will protect your delicate face, hands and body Pay special attention to your face. The wind burns and a good skin cream will protect it from chapping, flaking, and drying out. Take care of your skin religiously or you will look like old leather catcher's mitt come spring-time. Don't forget your lips, too. Use a good lip-balm. Burt Bee's makes a great one. Put in on everytime you go outside and reapply it often.
A Blanket in Your Car
When I bought my first car, my father told me to keep a blanket in the trunk at all times. This was the best advice he ever gave me. In the winter, cars always break down. Batteries die. We get stuck in snowdrifts. Go put a blanket in your car right NOW!! The next time you are stranded without heat, you will thank me. And if you have those handwarmers in your glove box, you can wait for hours to be rescued without freezing to death. And....for those impromtu trips to beach in the summer, you will always have something to lay on. :)
A Warm Body to Snuggle with at Home
Always make time to snuggle up with your sweetie, your dog, or your cat. Nothing will ever keep you warmer than the comfort of someone you love and who loves you back. A warm heart will keep you going even in the worst weather conditions.
I wish you love and warmth this season.
And this is my Daily Cyn...........