I hate most parts about winter in New England. Hate is not too harsh a word for how I feel about being cold, scraping ice off my windows, slipping helplessly on ice (while walking or driving), wearing so many clothes that I resemble the abominable snowman (and I mean man here, because no one could distinguish gender due to how many layers of clothing I’m wearing), high oil and higher electric bills, and dry skin. I hate the dry skin that comes with winter in New England. With all this in mind, we sat down to plan our Winter Survival Guide issue of Maine Women.
Honestly, after reading the stories, I don’t hate these parts of winter any less, but I do have better ideas and tools for dealing with some of them. First, Amy Canfield has provided a great winter reading list, see page 27 for her ideas. Al Diamon and Kathy Eliscu both made me laugh out loud with their humor columns. My advice to all of you is: Don’t go shopping with Al and never invite Kathy to stay at your house – unattended. And the dry skin, well, we’ve included a whole piece on how to deal with dry skin and winter-worn hair. It takes some extra effort, but according to Taryn Plumb and the experts she consulted, we can overcome.
The parts of winter that I don’t hate, though fewer in number, are what makes the winter survivable, I think. The first decent snowfall, especially watching it at night in the light of the street lamps or out the back door, is nice. I like to hear the snow falling, too, when the rest of the world around me is perfectly quiet. On a reasonably warm, sunny, and wind-less winter day, I do like to get out and hike, cross-country ski, and enjoy the true beauty of the Maine woods. I like this even more when it’s just a couple of us and the four dogs on the trails. I don’t have quite the commitment that Sara Vanderwood has to working with her dogs. Read staff writer Melissa Wood’s feature on Sara and her dog-sledding ways on page 11.
Once you get through all of the great stories and columns in this issue of Maine Women, you’ll probably have lots of your own ideas to make your winter more enjoyable. We would love it if you would share them with us. You can log onto our Maine Women website at www.mainewomenmagazine.com and tell us what you think. For me, I find spending time with my family and close friends – especially at camp in Carrabassett Valley – is the best way to survive winter. I love to spend the day reading and cooking, and the night listening to music, playing Scrabble and laughing around a very warm and cozy camp. Whatever you do, enjoy it. Happy winter to all of you, and thanks for reading.