Yeah, I know it’s winter, and we’ve just survived ice apocalypse 2013 where I live and now we’re experiencing the Polar Express. But we don’t have it as bad as many parts of the country. I thought the picture of the Dallas Arboretum in summer would maybe warm everyone up today. I’ve always considered myself more of a winter person than a summer girl just because the temperature in Texas gets so freaking hot. When the temperature climbs, higher than 98 I’m indoors. The heat makes me cranky, irritable and I hate to sweat. The feel of sweat trickling down your back and your hair sticking to your head makes me want to shower again. In the summer, I’ve been known to take more than one shower a day, just to get the sweat off.
Being an outdoor person, when the temperature climbs so high it’s miserable, I have to stay indoors, and that’s when I stop liking summer. In the winter, I’ve always felt like you can add more clothes. Yes, it can be bundle some, but still you can get comfortable once you have enough layers. Before I hurt my ankle, I loved to ski. There is something about being outdoors, in the pines, gliding through the snow. My husband and I like to hike in the winter, even when there’s snow. It’s fun to walk the back country and spend time outdoors.
Once when I was skiing up at Wolf Creek, which is in southern Colorado, it was almost blizzard conditions. The snow was almost blinding when I got to the top of the mountain, and the powder was deep. When my lips started to freeze to my scarf, I decided it was time to give it up and go drink hot chocolate in the lounge. The beauty of the pine trees, the white powder and the empty slopes were hard to resist.
Camping has always been one of my favorite activities. There is nothing like sitting around a campfire, no television, no stereo, no phones, just you the stars and the fire. But if it’s over one hundred degrees, it’s not fun. I'm a girl who needs air conditioning.
With Ice Apocalypse, I didn’t get out of the house for five days, and I cooked more food than I can remember. We didn’t eat out for over a week, and that’s unusual for us. It wasn’t bad, but by the fifth day I was ready to get out and go to a Yoga class or the grocery store. Cabin fever had set in.
While I consider myself a winter person, just because I don’t like extreme heat, most of my books take place during the summer. There is nothing like curling up with a good book on a stormy winter night.
So what is your favorite time of year? Are you a winter or a summer person?
Sylvia has sixteen books on Amazon, B&N and Kobo. She’s working on a new series and finishing up a new book. Look for her at www.sylviamcdaniel.com or on facebook at SylviamcdanielAuthor.