Day 22 of Loving MN Winter

By : Carolyn · February 22, 2017

I #LoveMNWinter! Don’t Complain.

By Amanda Harvey

Amanda1.pngWhen my husband and I moved back to Minnesota after living in Tennessee for about five years, we were worried about re-acclimatizing to winter. Getting used to the stifling humidity and months of temperatures above 100 degrees was a priority upon moving south.

I spent lots of summer days with the all the windows open and fans on high. Riding my bike in skirts and dresses was breezy in all the right places and helped me deal with the heat. The return back north with thinner blood was concerning. So we came up with a plan: don’t complain about the weather.

It’s winter! Don’t complain. The plan sounds negative, but it actually frees up your mind to think about the positive. Keeping to facts was important. “It’s colder than yesterday, wear more layers” or “There’s a lot of ice on the trails, ride carefully.” We came up with solutions to the cold instead of fixating on being cold.

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The Grease Rag Winter Skill Share was key in planning how to dress and shifting my perspective. Not complaining about the winter weather helped me to appreciate the positives of the season. Beautiful ice patterns on windows, muffled early mornings after a snow, and winter sports that are unique to northern climates. I started to look forward to snow and cold. My husband and I ice skated, played league broomball, took late night, snowy bike rides, watched pond hockey, and got a fatbike.

This year, I even tried a fatbike race. It didn’t go well. The problem was that it was too warm. Not that I’m complaining.

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I love winter now because I love the change in all the seasons. Not everywhere gets winter, so it’s special. It’s fleeting. I want more winter, more snow, more layers, more hot chocolate with marshmallows. More winter bike rides that rejoice in the cold and snow that makes our state special.

Read about last year’s collaborative challenge to love one thing about winter everyday in February of 2016. Tweet your own loves: #lovemnwinter @greaseragmpls

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