On the 7th day of Christmas…

Part of what I love about the holidays is the weather.  I despite being hot and sweating, so I love when we start to get a chill in the air.  

Winter is my favorite season.  I love the cold and I love the snow.  12 degrees outside?  Fantastic!  A nor’easter is coming to dump 20 inches of snow on us?  Bring it on!

I will admit, by March, I’m usually over the cold and the snow and the whole winter season.  But during this time of year I can hardly wait to see my first snow flake.  This time of year I am always dreaming of a white Christmas.  

We actually had our first snow fall her on Monday night.  There had been a call for snow showers, but I didn’t think anything of it.  I thought we’d get a few stray flurries or something.  I was not prepared for what I found when I got up around 10PM to walk the dogs…

 

IT WAS SNOWING!!!  These were not flurries.  This snow was actually sticking to the ground.  So I bundled myself up and off I went into the yard with the girls so they could play in the snow. 

My dogs love the snow.  Sadie likes to prance around in it and bury her nose.  Sofie likes to eat it…but then, she likes to eat everything…

We ran around in the snow for a while.  Then we went inside and huddled under a blanket with hot chocolate.  I loved every minute of it. 

There wasn’t much accumulation and by last night it was mostly gone.  Sofie did find a few icy spots in the yard to chomp on and I managed to find the only patch of ice on the driveway to slip on this morning.  But it was really nice to see everything blanketed in snow for a few hours.

Now I want a full-blown snow storm…the kind that causes bus service to be suspended and I’m forced to stay home from work!

One of the best parts about the cold weather is the accessories that go along with it.  Gloves, hats, sweaters, boots…I love them all.  I dress pretty conservatively most of the time and I wear mostly black and gray.  But I love to wear really bright scarves and gloves.  The other day…while perusing the Grand Central Market yet again I came across these gloves…

I immediately fell in love with them…the different colors and the flowers…they remind me of being a kid and the certainly spice up my basic black!  So I bought two pairs…one for me…and one for one of you!  That’s right…today’s present is gloves.  They are really comfortable and very warm.  Trust me…it’s 19 degrees right now with a wind chill of 7 degrees…but my hands were nice and toasty warm when I got to work this morning. 

You know the deal by now I’m sure, but just in case…each comment gets you one entry and you get three extras every time you blog about the 12 days of Christmas. 

I also wanted to mention something great that is going on over at Fojoy.  In support of Santas Anonymous, Fojoy and her hubby Wilzie are sponsoring a toy drive.  Santas Anonymous is a fabulous organization that delivers toys to families in need and this year their donations are way down.  Please go visit Fojoy to hear her account of why this organization is so great and to get all the details about how you can help.  Because every kid should get a present on Christmas.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

It’s snowing again.  Everything had just melted and I was finally able to walk down my driveway without slipping and sliding.  Yesterday I actually wore ballet flats outside instead of boots and for a little while I was even outdoors without a jacket.  Then I woke up to two inches of snow.  Apparently, Mother Nature felt I wasn’t really ready for spring. 

The truth is, winter is my second favorite season (fall is my favorite).  I like snow and cold weather.  I know that makes me a freak, but I get horrible allergies in the spring and I hate being hot and the humidity in summer does horrendous things to my hair.  Plus, I’ve always like cold weather fashions…sweaters and tights and hats…so many opportunities to accessorize!  It was so pretty to see all the snow-covered trees in Central Park this morning as I walked to work.  It made me really happy.

I had the day off yesterday and it was lovely…I cleaned the house, hung out with the dogs and went grocery shopping.  I could use a few more of those days…like, 4 or 5 more.  We are talking about taking a trip to Aruba in April and I can’t wait.  We haven’t gone away on vacation in about 4 years, so it’s long overdue.  I’m getting my passport renewed this week. 

I had a bunch of pictures I wanted to post of my crazy giant box of candy…but I left my camera home, so those pics will have to wait until later tonight. 

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.  If you live in NY and are dealing with this crazy weather, stay warm!