Let’s make it suck less.
I really enjoyed the essay!
"Why have we not collectively engineered a society where we can migrate with the seasons?" If only!
Thanks for the mention Liz! I watched some geese flying overhead as I read this and pondered on why we don't migrate. It feels good to have folk in my sphere who are weathering winter and trying to make it suck less, your post was really appreciated.
My thoughts precisely! Why do people live here year-round. It's #puremichigan in the summer, but unless you're an outdoor enthusiast when the temps drop, it's HARD. I resist and lament constantly, which doesn't help. So excited to hear about your son! Looking forward to hearing of your "wintering" adventures. ❤️❤️
For me it’s the summer! Because Texas. But when I lived in NY, whoa my god, the seasonal depression made me so cranky. I hated waking up to a bright blue sky and relaxing it was 20 degrees outside. The dry skin. The dry eyes. The dirty snow. The early afternoon shift to darkness. The scarping of snow plows. None of it this Texas girl enjoyed. So I left. And suffer in the summer instead.
I say “If you don’t like winter, don’t live in NH”. I am 72 years young and I love New England weather. If you get involved in outdoor activities year-round, there should be no reason to complain. Winter, spring, summer or fall, dress appropriately and get out there! Enjoy all that New Hampshire has to offer. You’ll never get bored!
Great post, and lovely to hear the new developments in family life ❤
I hope you don't mind me asking a technical question here, but I'd love to know how you insert the previews of older posts into your page? Still getting my head around the tech side of this platform and been looking for a way to do that!
Oh wow, thank you so much for mentioning my winter post too! We are definitely in good company on Substack :) I am going to settle down and read your lovely post properly tomorrow when I'm not in the office for work, but just wanted to say thanks now as I saw the notification :) Much love! x
This is all beautiful and the photos are incredible and make me homesick. I’m so thrilled for you and this new adventure!
I have now caught up and loved this post. It’s lovely to hear snippets of your adoption story, wishing you all the very best with that journey ❤️ As for winter, well I live in the UK so it’s typically a grey, grey time. Sometimes summer goes the same way! 😱 I’m more of a middle season person, spring is the best. I don’t like the HOT weather (no air con in the UK) but I also don’t love the cold. Gah!
Hi Liz, I was going to say “I hope you didn’t take my last post personally.”, but I am the one who takes it personally. When I read negative comments about the weather I erroneously think people are talking about NH and I run to its defense. My bad..
Such a beautiful post, Liz - I'm so happy for you! 😊
Your journey, from the highs of the road trip through Alaska to the challenges of returning home, is incredibly relatable and resonates with the complexities of life. Thank you for sharing the highs and lows, and for embracing the beauty in both.
This was a wonderful piece. I’m so glad you’ve returned to writing! I went to college in New England and remember the winters well. It’s a little different here in Oregon, lots of torrential rain storms but I can’t complain terribly because it’s lush and green and beautiful. I only know bits and pieces of your infertility journey and adoption story now but your son sounds remarkable and I look forward to reading more. I was very attached to the idea of having a daughter and now with two sons am smitten. ❤️ I trust you will be, too.
I fill my house with twinkle lights, wear slippers constantly and eat vats of soup. ✨ happiest wishes for your impending adoption!
Thanks so much for following me back and I’m sorry for the loss of your Palmolive bottle. It sounds like it had a great life.
I moved to Maine a few years ago and it’s officially dark by 4pm this time of year. I pour beeswax candles and fragrance them with custom blends of essential oils. I also have strings of soft electric lights and a fire to create a cozy atmosphere indoors. But other than enjoying more time to read and write, I gotta say that winter is just something we have to endure with gritted teeth up here!
We share a common dream of sunny Baja winters!
Soup is how I survive. The long slow cooking process and how the broth extracts every delicious and necessary little vitiman as it simmers. I love how the steam fogs the windows and the air feels less harsh. I especially love the aroma.. it's healing in my favorite kind of way. From nose to mouth to an internal warmth that is so often fleeting during this season. Soup is my favorite winter companion. And books- many of them. And hot springs when I can get to them (thankfully there are many around where I'm at in Idaho). And most importantly, seeking sunshine whenever she's available no matter what.