thomas rubino wrote:Ha Ha
He's speaking "Maine-eack" a variation of the New England accent.
Also a nickname for folks living in that beautiful state!
Travis Johnson wrote:In Maine at least, there is a huge uptick of babies born in May. In doing the reverse math, it is pretty easy to figure out what parents are doing when it starts to get cold out!
Just saying, winter is not ALWAYS that bad. A nice mug of eggnog, a good book by the fire, snuggle up with Mrs Johnson...you know...one thing leads to another... (LOL)
Edited to say: Do you think they had My Little Ponies in the 1930"s? Extra credit if you can spot it in the picture!
Dale Hodgins wrote:Those May babies would have to be conceived in August. I know winter comes earlier in Maine, but August seems a bit too soon.
Maureen Atsali wrote:What do you do during the winter?
Kim Goodwin wrote:These are great replies and a great question! I love hearing how other people live and thrive through what is, I find, a form of hardship. I don't like calling an entire season that, but I am someone who really suffers in the cold and doesn't like it one bit...but has found things to like in it.
I'm from Oregon and the cold is sort of my nemesis. My husband and I moved to the SW a few years ago and I found I absolutely love not being as cold as long (it still gets cold and has a real winter where we are living). I still have my cold season things I like to do. Winter is when I make things, summer is when I grow, store and prepare certain things for finishing in winter (like herbal tinctures).
1. Crafting, sewing and crocheting. I never seem to have time to crochet in the summer, just too much to do! Yet I really love to crochet and so waiting all year to do it just makes it so much fun. Same with other crafts. I try to save up things to use later, like dried seed pods and such. One of my favorite forums on Permies is the Natural Fiber and Materials Forum . If you have access to the raw materials, winter has long been a traditional time for spinning, as well. And if you are going to work on a project, you may wish to check and see if there is a PEP badge opportunity for it, like this one for making your own dishcloths!
2. Baking. I do almost all baking in the winter, in order to use the heat efficiently. It heats me, the house and the food. Some of the excess goes in the freezer for later. In the summer, I try to streamline cooking. In the winter I get leisurely and experimental with it. My husband loves this time! We eat very little sugar and I make a lot of desserts sugar-free with a squash base, so winter also works well as the really good dessert squash are all in season. Kabocha types, red kuri and butternut are my favorite to make desserts with.
3. When I'm more organized I also make gifts in the fall/early winter. Wreaths are a nice winter activity. Making jams, chocolate-nut butter, and also soapmaking is a great winter activity. Here's a great thread on soapmaking for beginners on Permies: Sources for Beginning Soapmakers
4. Writing... it's a great time for me to go through all those thoughts that have built and I've been ruminating on through the warmer months. Currently, I'm adding little by little to a document I hope to turn into a book.
5. This is an herbalist thing, but I usually squeeze tinctures in the winter and also make cough syrup and lozenges.
6. I'm finally in the house consistently enough to listen to podcasts without having to stop them every few minutes to go in and out of the house! Yes! I'm currently listening to the Geoff Lawton ones; they are excellent. List of Paul and Geoff Lawton Podcasts I also try to find better holiday music at this time. I like Celtic stuff.
Now I'm all excited. So many things I can play with are spinning through my head... figuring out how to make wooden crochet hooks, finishing some metal artwork I started last winter, baking bread and making chocolates while listening to podcasts on soil building... this is how I get through winter as a person who dreads the onset of winter and being cold. It works!
One more tip. My hands get super cold and I can't move them when that happens. And they hurt. This is possibly my worst problem with winter because it makes it hard to do all those things I like. Including typing, so now it's off to my favorite hands-going-into-Raynauds-effect fix - washing dishes. It's the only time I really enjoy washing the dishes... an odd side benefit of winter.
M. Phelps wrote:i had to look up skijoring
sounds like fun!
so would snow kiting count as skijoring since you are "motoring" up hills etc?
some examples of pros snow kiting:
winter has never been the same
Maureen Atsali wrote:Hi Everyone,
I'm in Vermont, which seems more like "the great white north" than Eastern USA. I hope I'm in the right forum. I spent the last 8 years in Africa. This will be my first year back in Vermont. I'm feeling kind of bleak as I face the long, dark winter. What do you do during the winter?
Kim Goodwin says- We eat very little sugar and I make a lot of desserts sugar-free with a squash base, so winter also works well as the really good dessert squash are all in season. Kabocha types, red kuri and butternut are my favorite to make desserts with.
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