Stay Warm In The Cold

Now that winter is officially here, it is important to stay warm.  In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the temperatures may  dip between minus thirty to minus forty degrees celsius.  In this part of the world, We consider temperatures of minus ten to fifteen degrees celsius to be “mild” during the winter season.  Allow Me to share My strategies for staying warm in the cold.
Drinking hot tea is a wonderful way to maintain a warm body temperature. There are so  many varieties to choose from –  Peppermint, , Ginger, or Chamomile. My personal favorite is Green Tea. Alternatively,  consider hot coffee or hot chocolate. Make sure to have a hot breakfast – oatmeal is a great option.  During cold weather, your  body will require calories to maintain body warmth.  This is not a good time to skip meals.
 A cold winter morning requires  extra layers of clothing , along with  extra time to dress up. If You are driving, You will need to allow for extra time to reach a destination.  Make sure to cover any areas of exposed bare skin  with mitts and a scarf.
Your vehicle may require  extra time to warm up.  If hazardous road conditions exist, consider purchasing  winter tires for Your vehicle. Plan activities around road conditions.  If blizzard conditions are indicated, avoid driving. Postpone low priority  errands.
A discussion of winter conditions must include the mention of snow removal.  If You work outside, be sure to dress warmly. Take short breaks , going indoors to warm up. Insulation around doors and windows of Your home to keep warm, indoors. For increased  energy savings consider insulating the attic.
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I like to stock up on groceries in January. Homemade soup is My specialty. I  use My slow cooker for this, to preserve nutritional content.  If You enjoy baking this a great time to make use of Your oven. Cinnamon is one of My favourite spices to use.  Honey is another excellent natural  flavoring. During a cold snap I add both to My tea or coffee. A stack of cozy and warm quilts is essential. I keep five quilts on hand. Lighter blankets are useful too. Many people in Canada spend time skating and skiing.
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Winter is a fantastic time to catch up on reading. A stack of books that I haven’t had the time to read awaits. Make a list of projects You have  been meaning to tackle. Keep this list ready – when cold weather arrives, take advantage of the extra time available to complete these projects. Reading, sewing, home renovation, and blogging are on the top of My list. Listen to music, watch a favorite movie, or play a musical instrument. To celebrate the true spirit of winter, I like to  read books by the great  Russian writers. When the temperature drops, many people report feeling sleepy.  Sleep and the dream world are more accessible. This is a great time to consider meditation.  Take advantage of this by getting more rest. Indigenous cultures set  time aside in the winter for family, storytelling and bead work. Create Your own personal traditions for winter.
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Celebrate Autumn.

Autumn is My favourite season. The  vivid rich colours, the fresh crisp air, the first frost – I love the fall.  The pumpkin is wonderful signal that autumn has arrived. One of My personal fall traditions is to prepare a pumpkin soup. The first step in this project is to shop for the perfect organic pumpkin. Once I have accomplished this, I scrape out the seeds and pulp. Starting at the top of the pumpkin, I carve out a circle which will serve as a lid when I place the pumpkin in the oven later on. The seeds may be saved to roast, too. prepare a vegetable broth, comprised of celery, onions, and carrots. I prepare the broth in a pot, in advance. Seasonings are added. When the oven preheated at about 300 degrees, I complete the final steps of My recipe – I add the soup stock to the empty carved out pumpkin, At this point, I may elect to add extra ingredients –  green beans, tomatoes, and brown  rice. When this is complete, I place My carved pumpkin lid back on the pumpkin, placing it in the oven, usually for about two hours. When the pumpkin is ready to be served, the actual pumpkin will be soft. It may be scooped out with the soup.

Five Health Benefits Of the Pumpkin

1. Beta Carotene
2. Vitamin A
3. Vitamin C
4. Potassium
5. Fiber

Homemade soup is another fantastic way to introduce more vegetables into Your diet. Create Your own recipes, with what ever You have on hand. Add an assortment of fresh organic produce. Some of My favorite ingredients include potatoes, cabbage, onions, and carrots. Rice, pasta, or barley may be added in.

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In Alberta, autumn is a time of year when residents plan and prepare for the winter months ahead. Motorists install winter tires because winter driving is hazardous. Home owners install insulation and seal drafts around doors and windows. People everywhere stock up with extra quilts and blankets. In Edmonton, where I live, the first heavy snow fall could occur as early as October. In Canada, We celebrate Thanksgiving in October. This year Thanksgiving falls on October 9th. Although there were snow flurries earlier in September in northwest Alberta, and the mountain parks, central Alberta is now warm and mild.
Despite the approaching winter, many people love autumn. We still have leaves to rake, as trees are pruned, and soil in overturned in gardens. Most of My Clients report a better quality of sleep at this time of year. As the hours of sunlight decrease, nature signals a need to hibernate. October is a wonderful time to catch up on reading. Spending an afternoon or evening with a good book is My idea of luxury.

The rituals of fall continue leading up to Halloween. People love to decorate their personal space. Yards,living room windows, and front entrance receive make overs for the event! I love walking down the street a few days before Halloween to see how friends and neighbors have decorated the front door areas.