It’s the heart of winter! Are you thinking right about now that winter has no heart? Not everyone loves the cool, crisp air and fresh snow. After being plummeted by snow for more than a month here in the Northeast, most of us find ways to cocoon at home – or just succumb to being a cabin fever couch potato. But, there’s an unapologetic hearty breed of folks who endure the tundra-like temps and embrace the elements of winter – alfresco-style.
A recent New York Times article elaborates:
“Even in this winter of record-challenging cold, there are those who refuse to cower before the elements and retreat indoors. They never shroud the grill or store the patio furniture. They are exhilarated to relax on the deck in the chill. And they find a special beauty as they gaze at the slate-gray sky on a winter morning.”
Last year, I highlighted some of the reasons people choose to live a cold existence. From a person who listens to a lot of music and says the acoustics are better in the cold, to people with dire economic reasons, these people find their chilly choice a viable living option.
While I wouldn’t go as far as to keep the inside of my house frigid cold, we enjoy all the seasons at my nest in the woods by braving the elements. That includes embracing the heart of the winter by welcoming the elements of fire and ice…outdoors.
1. Build a winter playhouse for the kids. Inspired by the Norwegian turf huts and old log construction, this recycled playhouse was built and mounted on a lighted and brushed concrete base. The project allows children to be outdoors in even the coldest of climates.
3. Throw a winter party and cook outdoors. Tell your guests to dress for the weather and try this tip for dining outdoors in winter: The main dish and beverages should be hot and served buffet style. Here’s a roundup of outdoor cooking recipes from the Daily Green to beat the winter blahs.
1. Build an Igloo. Traditionally, igloos are built out of snow and covered with a layer of ice to form a natural barrier against sub-zero temperatures and wind chills. The force of the compressed snow provides exceptional structural stability, while the semicircular form maximizes interior space. Here are instructions to build your own igloo from Buildables.