At our house, The Official First Day Of Winter is when we install the down comforter and light the furnace. Seems that day came early this year. I remember shortly thereafter crawling under 10 lbs. of goose underwear and realizing quickly we’d celebrated too early. Back in the olden days, I waited until the last possible moment to observe The Official First Day of Winter. One mid-November evening we had Mike and Linda over for dinner. When I noticed hours later that they still had their coats on AND were shivering, it was time to light the furnace. Ya think?
What do you do to keep warm? Having been a reptile in a past life, I prefer the most searing days of summer to any day that drops below 60. So, shortly after I observe TOFDoW, I dig out my heating pad and plug it in behind the couch. This summer, I scored big at a yard sale. You know those little hot foot thingys they use on you at the spa? Found some. Five bucks. Brand new. And they totally rock. So, now I have my heating pad AND my hot feets plugged in at the ready. And I just got an early Christmas present from my darling€”-ya know those squishy pillows that were originally developed by NASA-€”something about G forces and astronauts? Got ‘em made into booties. Warm feet without being wired to the couch!
Don’cha hate it when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep? Try putting a pillow over your head (JUST your head€”-breathing is a good thing). Most likely it€™s because you€™re cold€”-just not cold enough or awake enough to realize it. The pillow treatment works for me every time. Why else would mama wear a kerchief and papa, a cap, when they settle their brains for a long winter€™s nap? CERtainly not to express their fashion sense!
Okay, so we got the house and the bed warm, head and feet. If you prefer enjoying your eggs and banana nut waffles above room temperature (use any waffle recipe, chop up one small, speckled banana, and about ½ cup of walnuts or pecans€”-for a special treat, substitute half the unbleached flour for buckwheat flour€”-or better, use Aunt Jemima€™s [Hebrew for "dove"] buckwheat pancake mix, if you can find it)-€”oh, where was I? Oh, yes, warm plates. You can use an old electric plate warmer. Takes about 30 minutes. You can put your plates in the oven on low for 15 minutes. Careful! “Low” is still hot to the touch. OR you can put about a tablespoon of water on your micro-wave safe plate, and wave it for 20 seconds. Pour off the water, wipe dry€¦presto! Instant hot plate! DO NOT put your gold/platinum rimmed china in the wave! If you are unsure as to any plate€™s wave-ability, consult the manufacturer.
As a former reptile, I would prefer hibernating ’til spring. But, until the birds can be trusted with bus fare, I must take them on their rounds which means leaving the cozy confines and venturing into the bitterness. Four words: mohair, mmmmmm, angora, ooooh. Mohair comes from angora goats. I have a mohair sweater that will figure prominently when I outfit myself for that Everest expedition. Warm AND sturdy! Angora, on the other hand, is the softest, lightest, but warmest of all natural fibers. You’ll never be cozier or feel more pampered than with 100% angora draping your shoulders. It feels like the finest fur, but no bunnies are ever injured in the creation of a garment. Try finding 100% angora. Can’t? Call me. A white, pink or baby blue angora shawl or shrug is the perfect way to accessorize a strapless gown. Sweet.
€˜Kay, gotta go€”-there€™s a cup of hot cocoa in the kitchen with my name on it!
- Okay, okay! So it’s the 23rd already. Remind me to fire my editors.