January 15, 2024
If the weather forecast turns out to be true, (as it WASN’T when we were promised piles of snow!) it should be bitterly cold in Chicago as you read this…
Even if you don’t leave your home, you might feel the cold. There’s truly a limit to how warm you can get your home when the temperatures are in Fahrenheit single digits. Add in our big walls of windows, facing Lake Michigan, and we have the choice of dressing warmly, or making the electric company rich beyond imagining!
So let’s bundle up!
If you’re staying inside, or maybe just dashing out to the mailbox, you can wear warm wool slippers. And don’t discount the merits of wearing a warm headband – you can pull it down over your ears if you need to go to the basement, or the garage!
Maybe you’re going to have to be on a conference call – a bright scarf can make you look cheerier! If you struggle to get your hands warm, you might want to try a pair of fingerless gloves. They seem counterintuitive, but many of us find that they do make a difference:
Jeans aren’t terribly warm (hold them up to the light – you can see that they’re sort of porous!), but with a fleecy lap throw, you’ll be just fine!
Warm colors might make you feel warmer? And quarter-zip or quarter-snap tops are really convenient, on the off chance that you get too warm!
If you know who took this photograph, please let me know!
If you must go outside for a bit in sub-zero temperatures, you can wear white pants – nothing is “melty” enough to splash! I’m assuming that you’ve got long underwear on under these…
And if you have to spend some time outdoors in bitter cold weather, layer wisely. Anybody who might encounter a situation like this should own a set of really GOOD long underwear – I much prefer 100% wool, even though it’s pricey…
Read reviews, and don’t just buy from someone that you saw on Instagram! Synthetics aren’t always warm, and if you sweat while wearing cotton longies, you will get cold and stay cold.
We’re far too smart to be caught off guard by weather, aren’t we?
Remember the beautiful winter night sky photograph from the last Japanese 24 Seasons post we shared? It also came from North Country Public Radio. They have an ongoing photo of the day feature, which features some of the most beautiful pictures…