Dreary days got you down?
Dark mornings, darker evenings, and chilly days in between mean winter is here — and with the coldest season sometimes comes the winter blues. Here are a few ways that the team at Madison Financial Planning makes the most of this time of year:
Our family has embraced Winter sports. We own a home in Southern Vermont and are there most weekends. Our three boys have all competed in snowboarding. Christopher and Devin for “slopestyle” which is more of the gymnastics and Hunter is a racer. Our boys had two sets of friends growing up, the ones from home and the ones at the mountain. This has been an activity that we all participate in except Carolyn and I are skiers. We appreciate the fact that this has been a family activity, something that we all do together. Christopher and Devin must have enjoyed themselves because they both decided to good to school and now live in Vermont. Hunter’s love of snowboard racing has taken him on a different journey. He is attending school in Maine and is now competing on an international level. Since the three boys are out of the house the pace has slowed. Carolyn and I really enjoy skiing. It gives us the opportunity to experience beautiful scenery, get some fresh air and exercise. However, what we really enjoy is a great Bloody Mary- Apres- ski! Cheers!
I grew up here in Madison and while I don’t love the cold weather, I do really enjoy a fire in the fireplace and a glass of red wine. As a family, we enjoy skiing with friends in Vermont. We try to plan a few ski weekends each winter. Luckily if winter feels too long, we can fly south and visit my brother-in-law in Miami or fly west and visit my sister in San Diego!
We take advantage of those occasional warmer than normal days to get outside with the dogs at Hammonasset or Chatfield Hollow State Park. We also mark on the calendar the number of days until “Pool Opening Day” which is the Spring Equinox. Other than that, we just hunker down and take it day by day.
My winter survival in Connecticut consists of a lot of indoor activities. I spend more time cooking and we tend to stay home more on the weekends. My husband and I also try to work on interior home projects ranging from simple organizing to DIY remodeling projects. I also just started taking a hot yoga class, which is great on a cold winter day!