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Monday, January 30, 2012

Vitamin D Anyone?

The end of January. A time for residents of northern Ohio to moan about the never-ending grayish white sky, the brittle temperatures, and the way our skin turns translucent, like a strange breed of vampire.

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Photo by dennisharper

Yes, January gets tough around these parts. Even if we have faithfully kept up with our resolution to exercise, we yearn for chocolate-covered donuts and thick, creamy soups. Our bodies crave extra, comforting calories just to stay warm.

Our winter clothes get burdensome. Who wants to wear two sweaters and a thick coat? The gloves, hat, and scarf do not improve our mood. We haven't seen our toenails for more than three seconds in weeks--without socks, we're in danger of losing toes.

Exaggeration aside, we've enjoyed one of the mildest winters I remember. I love the fact I haven't gotten stuck trying to navigate our road--not once!--this winter. Squirrels are able to pop out and enjoy their stores of nuts on a regular basis. Geese are hanging out in the river. It's nice.

Still, I'm spending more time with my old friend HGTV. I'm taking more vitamins, leafing through inspirational magazines, and telling myself I should work out. Really, I should.

The heavy clothes won't last forever. But then, the scary pale skin will linger...

Do you get the January blues? Can you blame it on the weather? No? Pick anything else then. I'll support it!

Jill Kemerer writes inspirational romance novels. Coffee fuels her mornings; chocolate, her afternoons. A former electrical engineer, she now enjoys a healthy addiction to magazines, fluffy animals, and her hilarious family. She is a member of ACFW and RWA and also serves as vice-president of MVRWA. Jill is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Agency.

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Have a wonderful Monday!


Kristina Knight said...

I have a good friend who suffers from SADD (seasonal affective disorder) and I feel for her so much in the winter. She gets tired and not just from lack of sleep.

I'm enjoying the mild winter, too (although a nice big snow wouldn't be the worst thing right now)...hot cocoa is getting me through! :)

Patrice Kavanaugh said...

I believe in Vitamin D3!!! I'm bad about taking other vitamins, but I never forget my D3 in the winter. It's a mood saver, along with exercise. A little chocolate goes a long way, too! I am not complaining this winter, though, as the temps have been pretty darn mild and I'm loving the "no snow" part, too. Still, April can't come soon enough for this temporary California transplant!

Constance Phillips said...

I'll admit it, I Hate winter and couldn't be happier that it's been milder than most. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping it stays this way through February.

Ayda Recknagel said...

I know I get blah this time of year, and I completely blame the weather. It's refreshing that we haven't been bombarded with piles of snow or bitter temperatures (yet?) this year, but I'm still counting down the days 'til Spring!

Jill Kemerer said...

Kristi: One little snowstorm wouldn't hurt. We DO need to go sledding once, right?

Patrice: I just ran out of my Vit. D! I'm stocking up later. It's vital for anyone who lives up north!

Connie: I love this winter. Love it! I'll take the 30's temps, even the rain, if we can avoid the bitter cold!

Ayda: I'm counting down too. Even though it's warm, it's still ugly. I like grass and flowers. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Shay Lacy said...

I'm looking forward to the 50+ degrees tomorrow so I can go outside without wearing Thinsulate gloves. I hate the cold.

Sloan Parker said...

Winter is such a hard time in Ohio. All that blah weather and the colorless days do affect my mood. I loved your comment on the toenails. So true. I usually have on two pairs of socks. And all those extra clothes just makes it too easy to have extra chocolate. Not good!