Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Things I Hate About Winter


What with this being the 4th post in this installment, I'd hope you're familiar with the concept of 'hate is a strong word' blah, blah, blah, by now. I'd say to take everything below with a pinch of salt usually, but there is nothing in this post that can offend a person individually (unless you're like Mother Nature or something) so as this is the season to be jolly and all, we're bringing it down a peg and getting moody! Here is what I hate about Winter!!

In no particular order -

Declines in Health.
Everything about my health is worse in cold weather. As soon as summer disappears, right through until Spring appears all of my joints ache really badly. My skin gets worse and therefore so does my dermatillomania, breathing (which always sucks) gets even more difficult and I am in general drowned in fatigue and coldness. Boo.

Coats.
Too cold without one, too sweaty with one. Bulky and uncomfortable, I feel like the Michelin man and that's not a good look. Coats are just annoying and not practical because if you're out and about but need to pop in a shop or go on public transport you end up going from warm to cooking in seconds. Not a fan.

The Mess.
So, of course, leaves are gorgeous 60% of the year but once they're on the ground it all goes to pot. The slightest shower or flurry of snow and you're walking on mush for the next 10 weeks. It trails into shops and home, it gets all over your shoes and the bottom of your trousers and it's just yucky okay.

Money Pits.
Unless you are well off/have plenty money/don't worry financially, winter might be fine for you. But not all of us can afford to stay warm. Heating costs a lot and so it isn't always an option to 'just put your heating on' when it's super cold. In this house we utilize fluffy socks, dressing gowns, hot water bottles and blankets. We have a log burner too, but yet again, coal, firelighters and kindling don't come for free.
Not only that but you spend more on electric too as it's so freakin' dark all the time and you'll probably spend more on a lot of other things as well. (Transport, food, etc)

Darkness.
I like light. I like sunrises and sunsets. I like walking to work without being petrified there's a weirdo creeping in the shadows. I am scared of the dark. Say no to darkness!

Winter Stand-Still-Land.
Winter Wonderland my bottom. It looks nice for the 5 minutes after it's fallen but then because our country still has no idea how to cope with any adverse weather conditions, the councils just poop their pants and run about like headless chickens while the public transport gets canceled and no one can even drive anywhere - then comes the slush. Blurgh.

Christmas.
Shock horror, someone who doesn't like the beloved holiday. Unfortunately, I am not a practicing Christian (yes I have read the Bible, I went to a catholic school and appreciate the religion among all others) so really 'celebrating' Jesus birthday doesn't seem right. Then there's the fact I have a very small family and although a traditional, big, American-style family Christmas spent in front of an open fire and giant real tree, is not gonna happen. It's been a weird day ever since we lost Granda and the fact that it is everywhere you look for 4/5 months of the year just gets me down to be honest.

Laundry.
How on earth am I meant to dry clothes when I can't get them outside on the washing line?
The end.


This time, it's highly unlikely I'll get many people agree with any of these points. Social media is a sea of hot drinks in fancy cups (which I don't drink FYI), fashionable coats and everyone begging the sky for that white precipitation! Of course, I understand we're all different so I hope those of you who adore this season are enjoying it, make the most of it because I'm doing sun dances for the return of Spring/Summer ;)

Check out the other posts in this series -
Things I Hate About Disney
Things I Hate About People
Things I Hate About Blogging


15 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I cannot agree with you more about coats! I despise the things and all my friends and family think I'm mental! I agree with all of your reasonings for hating coats too. I used to drive my Mum insane, because from about the age of 15 to this day I refuse to spend a substantial amount of money on something I hate wearing. I'd rather layer up instead! xx

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    1. Haha right?! They are just so awkward. I still wear them because I hate being cold, but that's beside the point :P

      xo

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  2. I think I mildly prefer Winter to Spring/Summer. But I think I actually hate all the seasons, which is quite inconvenient really, isn't it?! I have a phobia of getting sweaty (which makes life very difficult) so find the hotter months awful as sometimes just moving from one room to the next breaks me out in a sweat and then I have a panic attack and have to get in a cold shower immediately. But the coat wearing in Winter also drives me insane, as you said - too hot with it, too cold without it. I don't like the messy leaves, or the snow (although it does look pretty for about 5 minutes) and I hate that I spend most of Winter with a cold or tonsillitis. And Christmas. Well, don't even get me started on Christmas. It feels, to a practicing Christian, less like a celebration of Jesus' birth and more like a commerical, consumerist event. All I see everywhere in the run-up to Christmas is - "spend, spend, spend." It drives me mad. Rant over - suffice it to say, I do hate Winter, too! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Ah bless you, that must be a hard phobia to live with. I sweat whether it's hot or cold so fortunately that isn't a problem for me.
      It is EXTREMELY over commercialized! It's very sad. I like to try and make people aware of the true meaning despite not being a part of it. Ask kids today what Christmas is and very few would be able to tell you sadly.
      I hope you still have a good season, whatever you do.

      xo

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  3. I agree with you about coats! Now I have a few ponchos that I use, from a bargain at £10 at more luxurious ones from cashmere and I prefer them to coats. Here the weather is not as bad, it's quite mild, so I can actually wear them often. I also work from home, so I have more flexibility.
    I also agree with you regarding the darkness, I walk the dog in the mornings and evening and I can't see where I'm going. The park we walk in doesn't have lights. Luckily my husband comes with us he has a better vision than me. :))

    I can't agree with the rest. I can't say I'm happy spending a lot of money on heating, but I need to, as I have some work related stuff and I can't have any damp, so we have over 20 degrees. But I don't have to spend money for bus/car to go to work, so it might be cheaper in the end. I avoid going anywhere during peak times, too much hassle.
    I love Christmas! It's one of my favourite holidays. We have our tree up, decorations, we prepare special food, gifts for everybody in the family (dog included). It would be nice to have a huge family, but I think it's nice even with a smaller one. :)

    I have to agree on the laundry too. I have a washer-dryer, but it takes a lot of time to dry (up to 3hours!!), I don't like it at all. Too much time and too much energy used.

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    1. Haha ah coats eh? It's crazy that it's actually warmer here right now than it was in Disneyland. I am a cold potato though with my blood issues so I always have to wear a coat ha!

      I'm at home 22 hours of the day and can't have damp for my health but we just can't afford heating :/ If we had a kid or were on benefits there are heating grants but because we are just two working adults on low income there is no help. Blurgh.

      The Christmas thing is another centered around money. We can't afford to do gifts for each other or anything and as we don't drink, the party scene isn't ours either. I understand why everyone else loves it so much but to me it's just another day these days.

      As for dryers, they use SO much energy as in electric so the cost to run isn't beneficial at all. I know some people swear by them and they make your clothes nice and fluffy but I'd choose a line any day haha :P

      xo

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    2. I was talking with my husband today about that. Families with low income and children seem to have more financial aid than families without children. I'm not sure, but it seems like this. I think it should be a form of support for heating. In Romania (where I'm originally from) there is aid for heating, but the temperatures are lower, with minus during daytime.
      I agree with you that Christmas is centered around money. I was looking at "gifts for him guides" in shops and most things will end up in a landfill. We've decided years ago that all the gifts we are buying are necessary or useful. The same thing with the gifts for the dog, only treats and we keep them for a while (months) as I don't want him to overeat.

      I prefer the line too. In the summer I can dry 4-5 loads of washing in a day and it's eco-friendly.

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  4. PREACHHHHH - I hate winter. LOATHE

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  5. Laundry is a pain in the butt at this time of the year, it makes the house musty all the time. And I need to put more on... sigh.

    Also the dark. No thank you. I like the day light.

    I'm still waiting on snow, I do love it, but not in the way other people do. I just want to take photos of it and enjoy the way it looks. That's all. And since I'm not working, this year I will be at home to rush out with my camera as soon as it happens, before it starts to melt!

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    1. Yeah my basket is an on going thing, like Mary Poppins bag. It just doesn't seem to go down.
      Haha I thought, you'd agree about the dark :P

      Do you usually get it over there? We haven't had it properly for a few years here. A little flurry in April this year but nothing substantial. It is handy that you'll be at home! Plus no cycling to work in snow haha

      xo

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  6. Winter and Christmas especially can be a really difficult time so I definitely get that, especially if there's been big upheaval or you've lost a loved one, it does change things and I hope you're doing OK as the holiday gets closer - it can be a really tough time, and it's good that you mentioned it actually as I think the notion that people are always happy around this time of year means that people who are struggling can get left behind. Also, the heating one, YES! It costs so much and that's one of the only reasons I long for spring and summer on the coldest days as putting the heating on fills me with dread, haha. Maybe moving to a hot country to have Christmas on the beach would be easier! :D - Tasha

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    1. <3

      Oh yes! I 100% vote for moving somewhere that is always warm haha.

      xo

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  7. Totally agree about the health issues - I've been ill on and off for the past 2 months) - and the money pits! I've managed to scrimp and save, but it's put a strain on my account!! Tania Michele xx

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    1. Oh bless you lovely, I hope it doesn't last too much longer for you. In a way were lucky we don't really have anyone to buy gifts for and I get to go have lunch with Mam and Dad, so the only real extra expense is the stupid heating!

      xo

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