Thursday, January 25, 2024

Monthly Musings


Linking up with Holly and Patty for the first Monthly Musings of the year.

1. How do you take care of yourself in winter?
 I keep bundled up. I am a firm believer in boots, a toque, mittens, and a good coat.  If you're not properly dressed for the weather, you will be miserable and will probably catch a cold.  If I start feeling a bit sick, I make myself a hot toddy and get to bed early.  We also sleep with a humidifier in our room.

2. How do you fight the winter blues?
I embrace winter instead of hating it. We took up skiing as a family hobby and that means I look forward to cold and snowy weather because it means skiing!

3. Tips to making your living space cozy?
Slippers and rugs on the floor.  The fastest way for a space to become uncozy is cold feet. As part of our renovation we actually got insulation (that's right, our 100 year old house didn't have insulation before) so that means the living room in particular is less drafty on the floors and now I actually want to hang out in that room in the winter.

4. Suggestions for fun wintertime activities.
I love an outdoor fire in the winter.  Whether it's a firepit in your own backyard, or one that is at an outdoor public area, there is something wonderful about being warmed by a fire.  Seek this out.  Bonus points if you can roast some hot dogs or marshmallows. 

5. What are your exercise routines in the winter?
I keep up with the same sort of routines on the Peloton (cycling and weights), but I also ski twice a week.  I try to incorporate more leg workouts into my routine to help with that skiing. 

6. Best tips for restful sleep?
When I can't sleep it's usually because my body is too sore, so if I'm feeling that way I will take an Advil before I go to bed.

7. Favourite warm beverage?
I really just like a coffee.  When we are skiing, I will add a packet of hot chocolate as a treat. 

8. Best winter skincare tips?
At night I use the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask at night and the La Neige Lip Sleeping Mask.  We also keep hand lotion and Blister in the car so we always have it available.

9. Flannel sheets - yes or no?
I do like flannel sheets but Dave does not so we don't have them. 

10. Favourite winter pajamas?
I wear the same pajamas all year round but I will sleep in my Barefoot Dreams sweater if I want to feel extra cozy.


  1. You're so good at having taken up skiing so you look forward to winter! And we don't have any insulation in our house either -- and it gets cold, especially in our living room. Brrr.

  2. Since our woodstove in our basement whenever it's running the floors are nice and toasty warm in the first floor of the house; almost like radiant heat flooring and I just LOVE that in winter. Toasty toes does make a huge difference!

  3. You know what? That outdoor fire in the winter sounds cozy and fun! I am going to see if I can get my hubby to come around on this :)

  4. Yes! I love coffee so much! It makes things feel so cozy

  5. How fun to ski twice a week! Great exercise.

  6. Wait, remind me what a toque is again. I am so with you on a hot toddy! Thanks for joining us this month.

    1. I think you would call it a beanie!

  7. You are so right about how awesome an outdoor fire can be! We haven't enjoyed a winter bonfire for a long time, but have good memories of doing that with the kids at our old place! Stay warm -glad you've got insulation now!