Things that get me through the long winter

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I grew up in a warm environment, and as the years pass, I find myself increasingly unhappy with the reality that I now live in a cold one. Not unhappy enough to move, but unhappy enough to bitch and complain to anyone who will listen, all winter long. So I do my best to stay warm and dry and well, and frequently clomp about in my cozy No. 6 shearling boots, which I got in grey even though it seemed like a risk stain-wise, and they’ve actually stood up very well.


Those No 6 boots are suede and have no treads, so are no good when it’s snowing; for that eventuality, I put on my Incredible boots from Penelope Chilvers. They’re shearling-lined too, and deeply comfortable.

I am such a wuss about the cold that as soon as the temperatures hit the 30s, I don’t leave the house without wearing Uniqlo’s Heattech long johns under my jeans. They’re micro-thin, super-warm, and nicely priced.

I save my  Patagonia Capilene Air long underwear for when temperatures hover near the single digits (here are the bottoms). Super-toasty, and almost as thin as the Uniqlo ones. And they’re made with merino wool, but aren’t the least bit itchy.


My crusade against the common cold starts the moment I begin to sneeze a lot, which is always the first sign I’m coming down with something. So I take ginger shots daily, and while I can’t prove that they do anything, I’m pretty sure they do something.

If I do get a cold, I put a few drops of oil of oregano under my tongue (you can also add some to a glass of water) for a few seconds then swallow. It tastes like hell, but I’m certain it shortens the duration of my sickness.

 

Lipstick is too drying this time of year, so I go for this fancy tinted lip balm from By Terry, which provides a nice pop of color, doesn’t taste like candy the way so many other lip balms do, and really works.

A few years ago, caught outside on a day in which the temperature dropped precipitously, I ducked into the nearest store and acquired a cozy and cute Mischa Lampert hat, which is weirdly, magically warm.

 

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22 Thoughts on Things that get me through the long winter
    suz
    13 Dec 2018
    11:33am

    Take the oregano oil capsules! Same result but no awful gargled with gasoline taste. You are brave.

    And that hat is the greatest thing ever.

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    Ann
    13 Dec 2018
    11:43am

    i love 2 tone jeans in the clog photo! Are those available?

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      Heather
      14 Dec 2018
      8:13am

      The jeans are cute but the photo looks like a dead body – it is freaking me out!!

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    Kathi
    13 Dec 2018
    12:25pm

    Love the hat!

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    K C Bailey
    13 Dec 2018
    12:36pm

    The pompom on the hat is fox….do we really need to do that?

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      ValleyOfTheShoes
      13 Dec 2018
      2:27pm

      I agree.

      The online product description says it’s fox fur from Finland, which is known for breeding unnatural monster sized (44 pounds is the average for a Finnish farmed fox while a wild arctic fox is up to 11 pounds), loose-skinned arctic foxes (more skin means more pelt means more money). These foxes have chronic and painful eye infections because of the loose skin as well as twisted legs that get caught in the wire floor of their tiny cages (they are not encouraged to move, farmers want them overweight).

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        Mary Jane
        13 Dec 2018
        5:34pm

        Agree with these commenters. Hate to be negative and know not everyone is veggie, but its almost 2019, and a fur decoration on a piece of clothing needs to be a thing of the past. On the other hand, I recall a lot of hate for Sundance – lol!

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          Kate
          16 Dec 2018
          8:48am

          I have to agree too! And I never comment but please, please no to fur. It is so easy! There are so many other beautiful things to wear!

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            PMD
            17 Dec 2018
            1:24pm

            seconded, thirded, fourthed, and fifthed. Real fur is gross and cruel.

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    liz
    13 Dec 2018
    12:45pm

    I once left a mink pompom hat on Metro North and it was not turned in.

    I replaced the hat. New one has a yarn pompom.

    I get over colds and sore throats very quickly – lots of tea and gargling with sea salt.

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    Viajera
    13 Dec 2018
    2:02pm

    Ha. Complaints? Come sit by me. ; )

    Where I live, it is often too warm. Family refuse to move! The nerve.

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    Mimi
    13 Dec 2018
    2:28pm

    Just shoot me, but I love the cold and snow. Here’s a suggestion for early morning dog walks and any time when it’s super frigid: Costco sells boxes of little hand warmers you put inside your gloves or mittens. Tap them a few times when you first put them on. They’ll heat up fast and stay warm for as long as 9 hours. Ski and sport shops sell them too, of course.
    https://www.costco.ca/Little-Hotties-Hand-Warmers-80-Pairs.product.100384259.html

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      kimberly
      13 Dec 2018
      4:47pm

      Me too! I hate to be hot, hate summer clothes, and hate the sun haha

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    Mouse
    14 Dec 2018
    6:33am

    Best preventive: elderberry syrup. Expensive but worth it. I teach and the students are all sick all the time, so I begin taking elderberry in Sept and continue until March or so. Maine Medicinals makes a good one and it’s at Whole Foods. I’ve tried everything and this actually works.

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    jenny
    14 Dec 2018
    9:21pm

    I also LOVE elderberry, but take the capsules for less sugar so I can eat dessert!!

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    Jenny
    16 Dec 2018
    10:16am

    I love this blog but there’s no evidence oil of oregano or anything else can shorten the duration of a cold.

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      jenny
      25 Dec 2018
      2:44pm

      Actually, zinc has been shown to lessen the intensity and possibly shorten the duration of a cold.

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    c.w.
    14 Dec 2018
    8:18am

    Like Mouse, I rely on Elderberry syrup. Works for me every time. Had to laugh about when you don your long johns, Kim. I put on my silks when it hits 50 (and I have to walk Betty) then on to my hot chilis when it hits 30 and if it gets colder I have some heavy duty fleece long underwear (which goes to explain why, in part, I live in Texas in the winter!).

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    Robin
    14 Dec 2018
    10:55am

    The photo and links posted for the Patagonia Capilene Air are of the Capilene Midweight base layers, which are 100% synthetic. Still warm but not as cozy as the Capilene Air, made with a merino wool blend.

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    Debra
    14 Dec 2018
    11:26am

    “I love the winter, with its imprisonment and its cold, for it compels the prisoner to try new fields and resources.”
    —Thoreau, journal, Dec. 5, 1856

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    nadine
    9 Jan 2019
    7:54pm

    hi Kim! i’m a reader since a few years but i haven’t commented before. I just wanted to write you that I love reading your posts, in particular the personal words and the selection links. Anyway I hope you’re having a good time, I miss your voice but of course I hope you’re enjoying your break from posting as long as you wish!

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