Thursday, February 12, 2015

Guest Blogger Beth Ann of It's Just Life Reminds Us That Winter Is What We Make Of It

OK~ I think you will love what Guest Blogger Beth Ann Chiles is sharing today on All In An Iowa Mom's Day. Beth Ann blogs over at It's Just Life! Her inspiration is always refreshing. And in case you have never visited her blog, she is a teapot enthusiast. She never passes us a teapot in her travels. And in case you want to see where she finds her next teapot, follow here on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, tsu, and Google+

It is wintertime in Iowa and although currently it is warmer than normal and the ground is oddly brown colored instead of white it is time for me to think about the things that there are to love about midwest winters.  Oh I do my share of groaning and moaning about the four letter word that starts with the letter S but there are definitely things to love about midwest winters. It is all boils down to attitude and having a positive and realistic one.  Yes, travel is sometimes treacherous and I have to adopt an attitude of flexibility about plans being made and canceled but in the end I have found that if I maintain a positive attitude about the things that happen during the winter months I can handle just about anything that Mother Nature throws my way.
I put together a little list of some of the things that warm my heart about
surviving our special corner of the world here in Iowa and how our winter months are something to embrace rather than dread.
  1. Furry socks and fuzzy sweaters.  I doubt there is a reader out there that is not nodding their head at that one. Furry socks and fuzzy sweaters warm not just the body but the heart.  Can’t beat the feeling, can  you?
  2. Steaming hot beverages. By the gallon.  My drink of choice is usually a nice perfectly brewed pot of tea but there are times when coffee or a lovely hot chocolate do the trick just as well.  Curled up on a couch with a cat or two snuggled close by, sipping a cup of my favorite brew while I watch television or delve into a book  –  there is nothing better. Let it snow as much as it wants–I am warm and cozy.
  3. Snow days.  Oh those wonderful unplanned days when all activities come to a halt and there is an unexpected lull in the activity of life.  I cherish those days.
  4. No lawn mowing or weeding.  That is a wonderful feeling to not have that looming —when the spring rains come that will be soon enough to worry about keeping up the yard.  (I am just choosing to ignore the piles of snow that need to be relocated.  Hey—it’s my list, right? )
  5. No pesky mosquitos, corn bugs or “no see ums”.   If you live anywhere where bugs are an issue you totally get how annoying they can be.  Winter months in Iowa offer none of those pesky critters.
  6. Hot bubble baths.  One of the best things at the end of a day is a hot bubble bath—add the cold factor in and it magnifies the experience going to an entirely new level.  Lovely.
  7. Book reading.  Winter months give me more of an excuse to curl up with a good book.  The outside is not calling me nearly as loudly when the snow (oops—there is that 4 lettered S word) is falling.  It gives me an “excuse” to curl up by the fire with a great book that I have been putting off reading.
  8. Beautiful landscapes.  I do love the glistening white snow when it falls and covers every surface.  There is a kind of beauty that is unique and can not be witnessed in any other place exactly the same. The hoarfrost, the glistening branches and the animals that appear against the white back drop are stunning.

That’s my list.  I am sure that you have your own to add to the list so feel free to leave a comment with what you love about midwestern winters.   Remember —it’s all in the attitude. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? Thanks Beth Ann for sharing today.


  1. This is a great list! I'd also add winter sports like snowmobiling and snowboarding:)

  2. My thoughts- it's reason to travel to a warmer place! Winter does force us to slow down a little bit, which is often a good change for many of us.

  3. Thanks for letting me guest post today, Sara!


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