Beating Winter: What’s Saving My Life Right Now

Congratulations! You’ve made it to February! We are officially at the half-way point of winter. Yes, I know, it feels muuuuuch longer than just half way. But don’t worry, if you live anywhere besides Minnesota, spring is just around the corner. If you do live in Minnesota, I suggest a vacation to someplace tropical, because you still have about four months left of winter.

Every year, Modern Mrs. Darcy commemorates this milestone by celebrating the little things in life that make us happy right now. In the midst of winter, it’s easy to get caught up in all the things that make life difficult. Seldom do I stop and think about all of the little things that make life fabulous. Of course, I have some big things in life that really keep me going; baby snuggles are at the top of the list. However, there are a lot of little things that put the pep in my step as I shovel the driveway for the third time this week in -3 degree weather.

Here’s what’s saving my life this winter…

  1. New Bathroom 

    As I learned last fall, a small problem can get big very quickly. A tiny drip turned into irreparable bathroom tile, which turned into black mold, which turned into a completely demolished bathroom. Thankfully, our homeowner’s insurance was able to cover all of the repairs. Since the 1960’s pinkish-brown shower tile covered the entire bathroom, it ALL had to go. No complaints here. I enjoyed picking out new tile, a new vanity, and getting a whole new bathroom. The construction process was not fun, but it’s finally finished. Now I get to enjoy a brand new bathroom that I designed without having spent a dime!

  2. New Piano

    Growing up, we had a piano. It was practically a member of the family. Before it took up residence in my childhood home, it belonged to my maternal grandmother, and belonged to her mother before that. The story goes that when my grandmother was a child, embers from the fireplace caught some dry leaves on the roof and started a fire. With all family members safely out of the house, my great-grandmother ran back inside the burning house and with super-human, adrenaline-induced strength, pushed the 500 pound piano out of the house and onto the back porch to safety. I loved that piano growing up and spent countless hours trying to learn how to play my favorite songs. After my mom sold her house and down-sized, she had to part with the piano. The plan was to ship the piano to my house in Minnesota, but moving costs estimated several thousand dollars. So sadly, we had to find a new home for our beloved family piano. I always planned to get a piano at our new house, but I just never got around to it. For Christmas, I asked family to get the kids music lessons and let each kid choose the instrument they’d like to learn. My daughter chose guitar and my son chose piano. So of course, we finally had to get our piano. I found a good deal here in town and it was delivered a few days ago. I love sitting with the kids and tinkering on the keys. I some how still remember my three party songs (Chopsticks, Heart and Soul, and Pink Panther).

  3. Diffuser

    This one is obvious. With about 23 hours and 45 minutes spent inside everyday, it’s important to make your home feel and smell as delightful as possible. My home is also a cesspool for highly contagious and infectious germs. I’ve got frankincense and lavender going in the diffuser nonstop in my house right now. It’s what gets me through this season.

  4. The Gym…

    is completely saving my life right now. According to the scale, I actually lose weight when I don’t work out. Go figure. The gym, however, is serving it’s purposes in other ways. Getting on the treadmill everyday and struggling through 30 minutes of cardio gives me the mental clarity to rock the rest of my day. It also is my saving grace as a stay-at-home mom. Free childcare? Yes, please.

  5. Saturdays at the museum 

    For Christmas, my daughter received drama classes at the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis. The CTC is attached to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and is walking distance to some yummy Vietnamese restaurants, so we’ve been making her Saturday drama classes a family affair. While she’s in her class, the rest of us meander around the museum together. The MIA is free and it’s so nice to walk around, looking at art, with no pressure of trying to get your money’s worth out of it. There’s some pretty awesome stuff there and we’ve had such a nice time exploring it the past few weeks.

    What’s been saving your life this winter?

12 thoughts on “Beating Winter: What’s Saving My Life Right Now

  1. Rediscovering the Irish bar close to me – so now even when it is cold, I can hop in a Uber for a short ride to the bar where everyone is starting to know my name.

  2. Happy 1/2 way through winter! What wonderful ways you and your family are finding joy. I especially enjoyed your update about receiving your piano! I’ve played since I was 6 and playing piano remains such an integrated part of my life, so I’m glad you all are finding it enriching, too. 🙂 (Look for my “saving” post, hopefully later today.)

  3. I’ve been wanting to get a piano for our family as well, but I’m a little afraid that my already-noisy kids will just pound on it all the time 🙂

    Was the CTC redone in recent years? If so, I think my best friend from college was the construction manager on the project 🙂 How great that the MIA is right there–and free! It seems so many indoor places to take the kids during the winter cost a lot.

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