In my post HAPPY New Year!, I listed nine items that Real Simple magazine discussed in its article “Nine Ways to Be Happier” in the January issue. The second Monday of every month through September, I’ll write about each:
What used to be cozy, toasty warm, now inspires me to start removing items of clothing. (Hey . . . maybe that’s the whole idea?)
So, at first, rather than put a damper on his spirited fetching of firewood, rather than miss the smile on his face as he enjoys the warmth emanating from the stove, I kept my mouth shut. And, rather than snarling through a hot flash, exacerbated by the wood stove that left heat waves dancing in the air, I took the opportunity to change my perspective. Perhaps the burning in my cheeks and on my neck was simply the blush of love – make that a perpetual blush. Or, I could close my eyes and pretend I was on a beach in the tropics – minus the cool splash of ocean waves. It is, after all, simply a matter of how one looks at things, right?
I couldn’t sleep, even in the dead of winter and without covers. I felt sluggish, couldn’t work out and had a dull headache much of the time.
When I was finally ready to stop blushing and return from my tropical paradise in the middle of winter, I admitted to my husband that I’d begun having hot flashes. (Don’t forget in my Hold On! post, I didn’t want to admit to something I’d previously thought was in a woman’s head.)
And so, with that little bit of honestly and tweaking, my husband now makes fewer trips to the wood pile and doesn’t stoke the wood stove quite as often. I also sleep with the window on my side of the room open.
What a difference the cooler temperatures make. I’m almost back to my normal self, whatever that is. Still, I wouldn’t mind joining one of these “chilled out” snow nymphs.
Why, thank my lucky stars . . . there just happens to be snow on the ground this morning. Please excuse me while I go outside to make snow angels . . . minus an item or two of clothing.
“Remember Whence You Came.”