I have disliked winter, snow, cold for nearly as long as I can remember. My rheumatoid arthritis always is at its worse during the long months between November and March. I feel sluggish, bored, bummed. In fact, I was so consistantly grumpy a few years ago that Zak gave me one of those crazy expensive lights that simulate the sun. (And then as soon as I opened it, whispered that I should talk to my doctor because insurance would pay for if I was diagnosed with SAD.) My attitude certainly got a bit better when I started teaching again as it would be really hard not to be happy around all the students. However, I still disliked the cold.

But this year is different. I read a fascinating article about the Danish concept of hygge and I will grasp onto it with all my might this year. Here’s the article:


Here is a related article on the the Norwegian idea of koselig, pretty much the same concept:


In my limited research, I did find that koselig is one of the most untranslatable words into English. Interesting to think that we don’t have a word for all the good feelings of winter, kind of as if there aren’t enough.

I will do everything in my power to have a positive attitude this year. I am going to surround myself by those that actually enjoy the winter. I will make a conscious effort to get outside daily to connect with the season. In fact, I read in a different article that I can’t find any longer that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. That! That right there is an excuse to shop! I really like this hygging thing.

So, today is one of the only days of the school year that the girls and I have off while Zak has to work, a day I look forward to so immensely. We ran some errands, shopping at Oak Brook, buying cute boots, of course. See, we’re already applying hygging to our lifestyle. We had a few hours in the afternoon with no set plans. All three of us wanted to head home, watch HGTV, and eat popcorn, but I decided that the three of us would go for a hike at Graue Mill. It’s close to our house, super easy, and not long.

The girls grumbled with the plan, but had the absolute best time romping around in the snow. It was the first time that just the three of us set out on an adventure like this, but we laughed, got lost (three times), splashed in small puddles of melted snow, and got excited about hiking in the snow in Colorado this upcoming summer. Interestingly, the more we hiked, the hotter we got. We were stripping off layers as the hike progressed. We certainly didn’t feel the cold nip in the air.

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Zak mentioned in a recent post that we suck at navigation. We have learned to always take pictures of the map at the beginning of a hike. I swear, I looked at this 20 times and we still got lost 3 times.
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I have so many memories of visiting Graue Mill with my Grandma Ann and Grandpa Harry. We would always feed the ducks, which is strictly prohibited now.

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Z and E were so pleased when they pumped hard enough to get the water flowing.

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That tooth gap just slays me!

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The girls snapped only the top of their vests tossed them behind their backs and pretended they were superheros.

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There we are. Look. No leaves on the trees. No green grass to be seen. But we had the most delightful time. We started our winter-long trial with hygge. We are going to rock this winter!!! Dammit!

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