In Others’ Words: Winter

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

~Edith Sitwell, poet

We haven’t had a lot of snow in Colorado yet this winter.  Today there’s been a bit of snow on and off — nothing much to speak of. But you never know what you’ll wake up to. And about an hour north of here in Denver, the weathermen are predicting 5-8 inches. Then there’s always March, the snowiest month in Colorado — at least in the Front Range and in Denver. So, there’s still time for winter to show off.

Snow or no snow, we haven’t lacked for cold weather. Minus degree cold weather. And I couldn’t agree more: good food (like a pot of homemade soup or a mug of hot chocolate) provides a certain type of comfort. But there’s nothing like time spent with a good friend — maybe sitting in front of the fireplace sipping tea — or being with family, enjoying a game night.

Home wards off the chill of winter like nothing else — and as my husband said, home should ward of the chill of the world.

In Your Words: What warms you up when it’s cold outside?

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  1. Sonia Meeter
    February 3, 2012, 6:37 am   /  Reply

    Rob is a writer at heart! Maybe he’ll end up writing a book with random aliens some day! Love the quote and the post!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 10:43 am   /  Reply

      Who knew we’d have a snow day on the day this quote posted. I selected it last Sunday!

  2. February 3, 2012, 7:10 am   /  Reply

    Besides belonging to God, what warms me is family, friends, good books–and friends. who write books. And comforting pics, like that cappaccinno–maybe I’ll put on my snow packs and trudge over for a cup. And later today my youngest grandchildren will come and twine their arms around my neck–life is good!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 10:44 am   /  Reply

      Come on over, Dee. I will be waiting with a cup of whatever you request, even if it means driving out in the snow and picking up Starbucks!

  3. February 3, 2012, 7:34 am   /  Reply

    Ugh, by January, I’m ready for the cold weather to be over. Probably because we try not to turn the heat on (it costs too much…haven’t turned it on all winter!)…so I’m freezing (I know, 50-60 degrees is not freezing…but it is for this Arizona girl!) all the time in my own house. Sometimes I think it’s colder inside than outside because of all the tile we have. But I digress.

    My favorite thing in the winter? I love curling up with a blanket, a good book, and a space heater next to me. 😛

    But yeah. I can’t wait for March! Spring!!! Come to me!!! OK, feeling a bit silly this Friday morning. Hope you have a great weekend, Beth!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 10:45 am   /  Reply

      When we pulled up the wretched carpet in this house, I wanted tile. Tile, tile, tile everywhere. My husband vetoed that, smart man. We have wood floors on the main floor, except in the kitchen, breakfast nook and the guest bathroom. Tile in CO — not so practical. And a blanket and a good book and a space heater — I’m there, girlfriend, I’m there!

  4. February 3, 2012, 7:38 am   /  Reply

    So agree with your husband. Laughter, shared stories and watching a good movie warms me up. Of course with 68 degrees around here in Mississippi, it’s more emotional than literal.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 10:47 am   /  Reply

      Agreed, Pat. We lived in Florida for years, and there were days I’d turn on the gas fireplace and put a blanket on the floor and serve my kiddos hot cocoa just for the fun of it!

  5. Jeanne T
    February 3, 2012, 7:41 am   /  Reply

    That quote is so fitting for this snowy day! 🙂 A good cup of coffee and a chat with a good friend wards off the chill. Boy-hugs, scented candles adding richness to my kitchen, a good book . . . these also ward off the chill. 🙂 Enjoy this day, Beth!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 10:47 am   /  Reply

      Must now go light some candles . . .

  6. February 3, 2012, 8:16 am   /  Reply

    This winter has been the warmest I think I’ve ever experienced! (Except for the winter I spent in London.) It’s been awesome…just cold enough to inspire soup and scarves and boots…not cold enough to sting my cheeks. But yeah, what warms me up when it’s cold? Soup…space heaters…flannel!!

    • February 3, 2012, 10:28 am   /  Reply

      Come to AZ in winter, Melissa. You’ll love it. 😛

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 10:47 am   /  Reply

      Soup! Ah, homemade soup!
      Want to swap recipes?

      • Jeanne T
        February 3, 2012, 2:15 pm   /  Reply

        Soup’s simmering on my stove top right now. Perfect for a wintry day!

  7. February 3, 2012, 8:21 am   /  Reply

    Thick wool sweaters, covered by blankets, hearty laughter.
    ~ Wendy

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 10:48 am   /  Reply

      The list is growing, but blankets seem to be a keeper!

      • Jeanne T
        February 3, 2012, 2:15 pm   /  Reply

        Thick wool sweaters, some of my favorite things of winter. 🙂

  8. February 3, 2012, 10:06 am   /  Reply

    It never gets really cold here in Bermuda, but on those days when the damp air seeps through and the wind rattles the windows and howls down the chimney, I like to curl up on the couch with a blanket and my laptop, maybe do some writing and catch up on reading blogs and seeing what’s happening in my social networking circles. I have to admit, I kind of enjoy these days – today is one such day, it’s gray and windy and about to rain, and I’m heading for the couch!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 10:48 am   /  Reply

      Thinking of you there … and me here … and wishing we were just a bit closer, Cathy!

  9. Loree Huebner
    February 3, 2012, 11:01 am   /  Reply

    Love my tea or coffee, and my blanket.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 11:21 am   /  Reply

      Favorite tea, Loree?
      I love Constant Comment . . . and Lady Jane Grey . . . and Mint . . . mmmm!

  10. February 3, 2012, 11:40 am   /  Reply

    My favorite spot when it’s cold outside is in front of our pellet stove, where I drape myself over my comfy armchair and toast my toes. Nice!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 12:15 pm   /  Reply

      A pellet stove … now I’m not familiar with the difference between that and a regular old wood stove. I’m curious. Still sound warm and cozy.

  11. February 3, 2012, 11:42 am   /  Reply

    My grandma’s quilt, warm socks, hot tea, and a good book!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 12:14 pm   /  Reply

      So especially nice: your grandmother’s quilt. Would love to see a picture of that!

  12. February 3, 2012, 12:14 pm   /  Reply

    Mmm, I’ll take one of whatever is in that picture. 🙂 We’ve had a really warm winter here, so we’ve been getting outside as much as possible.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 12:16 pm   /  Reply

      And that is the advantage of warm winters.
      Although, truthfully, cold doesn’t stop a lot of people here in CO. Skiing, snowshoeing — even running. Nope, uh-huh. Not running in this kind of weather!

      • Jeanne T
        February 3, 2012, 2:18 pm   /  Reply

        You may laugh, but one of our neighbors was pushing her grown son on a snow board (I think) down our street. Not much stops Coloradans from getting outside. 🙂

        • Beth Vogt
          February 3, 2012, 2:20 pm   /  Reply

          Yes, yes I am laughing, but in a good, only-in-Colorado-way.

  13. Jessica R. Patch
    February 3, 2012, 1:22 pm   /  Reply

    I like a big pot of soup, cinnamon candles, and friends & family close!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 2:21 pm   /  Reply

      OK, everyone, send those soup recipes to me at [email protected]. I can compile them and share them!!

  14. Charity Hawkins
    February 3, 2012, 5:02 pm   /  Reply

    When Pier One still has my favorite tea mug design and I can go get it and have TWO now, one for a backup in case I shatter another one! 🙂 Thanks for your encouraging words the other night. Also what warms my heart is my sweet encouraging husband after a hard day!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 3, 2012, 5:10 pm   /  Reply

      Pier One — love that store!

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