Friday, February 4, 2011

Winter Weather

Colorado weather is, in a word, Crazy!

The other day we had weather so warm the kids were in shorts, tee shirts and were laying out in the sun, playing basketball and helping on the yard.

Then, just two days later...below zero temps!  It actually got down to about -17 here.  
Years ago, we lived in Wyoming.  We moved there in September and were excited for snow.  One day, after being cooped up for several gloomy, snowy days, the sun came out in all its glory. 
I bundled the children up and sent them out to get some fresh air.
Seconds later, my husband called to tell me in amazement that it was actually 20 below zero.  I ran to the door to call the kids in....only find them already coming back inside.  Thirty seconds outdoors and they knew it was too cold to play.
The sunshine in weather like that can be deceiving.   
I now know better than to send the kids outdoors- even if they beg.
(And they do sometimes)

So for those who, like us, are cozied up against cold weather- here's a great recipe for hot chocolate.   There's not much better than a warm fuzzy blanket, cuppa cocoa, kids lounging and something educational to watch.

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.  ~Ruth Stout

Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair.
~Minna Thomas Antrim

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