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TEN THINGS ABOUT WINTER: FINDING THE GOOD AND PRAISING IT

Winter tonic. On a Meyer lemon and elderflower hot drink binge. Ice skating cures my winter weary head, but does nothing for my hat hair. XoS

1.28.13

I am setting about this list as snow blurs my view of the street from my studio, Yoyo Ma plays quietly in this still chilly room and tears, loosened by my elderflower and hot lemon drink perhaps, gather and spill for no reason other than, it is Monday and after a particularly full weekend, I am catching my breath and writing. Like a tapped tree, I pause and tears flow.

1. Winter- oh I will find the good and praise it, despite the cracked skin on my forefingers, my sore shoulder from something I did last week, the salt stained mudroom floor, the slippery roadways and this ridiculously bad hat hair I have. Winter is saved today because I went ice skating earlier. I love ice-skating. I am terrified to step out on the ice sometimes, even though I know it is six inches thick and can easily hold my weight. There is a thrill and a shudder of terror until I push off. Then, skating is heaven.

On the Lake by Suzi Banks Baum

2. Remember my ‘cave call of winter’? That cave call is getting louder and louder despite the passing days. Okay by me. I love the snow, I love the slowed down days, I love being home.

But I am dreaming of Costa Rica.

Suzi in Costa Rica

3. It takes not one bit of effort to love my Powder Keg Session writers. We met yesterday and there were some significant revelations and amazing doodles. Mostly, we loved being together. The Powder Keg Sessions will resume in April- one Sunday a month for three hours of writing and creativity. I am extremely fortunate to get to gather warmth in a circle of women and write.

#doodleaday2013 Sunday night #doodle xoS

4. The Full Moon is called the Wolf Moon this month and if you live where the sky is clear, unlike the Berkshires which promise snow then rain (sigh), the moon will be still round tonight.

Full Moon over St. Peter's in GB by Suzi Banks Baum

5. I love going to the greenhouse just to smell the green. I bought a hyacinth, even though I know it will bloom and likely dry out and be compost before spring comes, but for the vivid purple amid all this white, I am willing to splurge 4 bucks.
6. We are still so in love with our heated mattress pads. If you are trying to figure out how to stay warm at night, but keep your house cool, try these. I spoke to a friend whose husband loves to keep their sleeping space really cold. She woke up with a cold nose one too many times this past week. Peg, this one is for you.
7. I love that I made my way in to New York City on Saturday for Mama Gena’s Intro. This program changed the way I live my life today. It is an investment in your life that you will not regret, I promise you. During the afternoon, we wrote about Desires. Not intentions, desires are what you yearn for, the space you long to inhabit and just thinking of your desires makes you salivate. Here is something about desire.

@mamagena Fantastic Intro today. XoS

8. I love planning my workshop for the International Women’s Writing Guild.
We will be working in to small accordion fold books using collage techniques to create found word poems. We will be learning a few easy-to-replicate-at-home techniques that can jump start your creativity. I am honored to teach with the circle of women leading the workshops that weekend.

Found Word Poem by Suzi Banks Baum

9. I love the quiet that happens during a snow day.
10. I love wearing long johns. My whole family wears them around the house and they remind me of my dad so much. You readers in the south will have to bear with this list of things to praise about winter. This list is really a lifeline to finding something positive on a day where that heated bed sounds like a mini-vacation. Here is what happened yesterday morning when I curled up in the sun to doodle while rainbows streamed in the window.

Rainbow Heart by Suzi Banks Baum

How about you?
If you ‘found the good and praised it’, even on this snow clogged winter day, what would you come up with? Give me ten.
Just go easy on that shoulder.

Xo S

  • Becky

    Hello Suzi! Ten Things about Winter…
    No particular order–off the top of my head.
    1-wearing warm sweaters–esp ones that have good memories of where it came from or fun things that you did wearing them.
    2-remembering past winters when we were kids and making snow forts in the backyard, climbing those huge snowbanks, going ice skating. I can feel some frostbite in fingers from those days!
    3-snow days–sometimes they come when we do need them
    4-spring follows winter–’nuf said! :)
    5-wearing scarves
    6-watching the birds feast on the bird feeders and suet that John puts out regularly
    7-especially the red cardinals against the white snow
    8-being grateful for our warm and cozy house
    9-having a bowl of hot soup even though in general soup is not my favorite food, but I do like it in the winter (plus John’s homemade chili)
    10-did I mention spring comes after winter? ;)

    xo Becky

  • http://66.147.244.128/~laundry2 Suzi

    How lucky am I that my own sweet sister who makes a mean snow ball comments right away! Hi Beck!!!!! I wish you were here. I’d make you a hot lemon and elderflower and you’d start crying too. Hugs and love, S

  • http://nancyjeanburns.tumblr.com/ Nancy

    10 things to love about winter

    for suzi

    1. the sun, that always comes through,
    between days, sparkling the snow,
    glaring off puddles, shining
    on mud, warming our faces

    2. cold crisp air

    3. hot soup and casseroles

    4. plush blankets

    5. ice breaker long underwear

    6. bare branches against sky at dusk

    7. setting the tone for the year, making plans, letting go the old, starting fresh

    8. quiet

    9. firesides

    10. i want some elderflower with lemon and tears too

  • Barb Miller

    10 things to love about winter in the southwest (hi I’m new! and live in New Mexico)

    1. the sky! it is the most amazing blue.

    2. any moisture at all is appreciated greatly

    3. the sun and the light is dramatic and brilliant. just today the sun came out while we were in the middle of a storm and colors popped.

    4. extra blankets

    5. turtle necks and sweaters

    6. cross country skiing!

    7. the bosque and the cranes and geese that follow the Rio Grande to winter in the south lands.

    8. playing in my studio with wonderful women

    9. the look of the fire and it’s warmth, in my best friend’s pellet stove

    10. hot tea with almond milk and honey or a big cup of hot coffee!

    11. and did i mention soup?!

    Thanks for the chance to think about what I’m grateful for
    Barb

  • http://www.facebook.com/coleenmdavidson Coleen Davidson

    S, love the heated mattress pads and LL Bean flannel sheets ( the best ), homemade soup with fresh warm homemade bread and at this time of year observing the small changes in the lengthening of the day as we slowly tilt towards spring. The moon was spectacular in its brightness this cold and crisp -27 C morning here in NS before daylight. Thanks for reminding me about the joys of winter and the space for creativity. xo C.

  • http://upwoods.wordpress.com Kathy

    Wonderful praise, Suzi. I have never heard of heated mattress pads. If our wood stove wasn’t so cozy would have to consider these. Remembering mornings with a cold nose. Have been pondering buying a pair of long johns. How could we have lived in da UP for so long without long johns? Must buy a pair. Thank you for the long john nudge.

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