Winter Traditions

The winds howled last night and I felt my windows shudder. I finally had to turn up the heat so that I didn’t have to look like a lump of blankets on my sofa. You would have laughed if you saw the blanket draped over my head while I waited for the temperature to climb. Frost should form on the inside of the windows but we’re below zero for the next few nights and I’m hunkered down for the weekend.

The desire to stay under the covers instead of braving the temperatures outside is a common occurrence up north. Our speed of getting out of bed in the morning slows down to a bear crawl. I debate whether I want to come out of hibernation to feel my face turn into an ice block.

In the middle of the night, you start to see your neighbors come out of their houses for the annual tradition of letting your car run for a while to prevent hearing the sputter and gurgle in the morning that goes nowhere. Yes, that’s right our Minnesotan tradition every winter involves starting our cars in the freezing cold and saying a quick pray in the morning as we turn our key hoping the engine starts.

I’m taking part in this annual winter tradition and will be spending the next few nights dressed up as an abdominal snow woman. I thought about buying ski goggles to prevent my eye lashes from freezing off. Eyes frozen open shouldn’t be my next fashion statement.

At least, I have my keyboard to keep my fingers moving and warmed because I have to help post social media for another author while I wait for their approval on their next book. Speaking of nimble fingers, remember that as a writer you have a gift, a super power of imagination. We are the writers of new magic tricks for the mind. Remember, that list I mentioned at the beginning of the week? Keep adding to it over the weekend. Next week, we’ll begin to work on what we put on our list.

Until next week! My posts are Monday through Friday.

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~Yoon Ju

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Published by yoonjuwrites

I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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