Winter has finally made its unwelcomed appearance, and based on what I saw this morning on the weather, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

That leaves me in a weird place. I hate it so much, so so much, that I could go one of three places: Either I become a miserable person that is constantly complaining…or totally quiet…OR I suck it up and try to make the best out of this frozen hell.

If you ask The Mister, he would probably vote for being quiet, but that just won’t be possible. So I guess the only thing left to do is to turn this stupid frown upside down and talk about The Five Things I Hate to Love About Winter.

1. Curb Appeal Goes Out the Window

There is no need for landscaping, pulling weeds, trimming hedges or mowing the dead, brown lawn when it is winter. Now we are covered in snow, and it looks like that will be sticking around for quite some time.

As miserable as that seems, it is actually quite lovely to look at! The white blanket of sparkle in the morning is the perfect thing to look at when you first open the curtains to the day. No mowing or leaf blowing for this lady!

2. You Have a Built in Excuse to Not Leave the House

Were you invited to a Tupperware/birthday party/other social event you just don’t want to go to? Whelp. No need to stress, this weather has you covered. “My car battery is on the fritz, because of the cold,” or “my driveway is totally snowed over and I just can’t get my car out.”

You can’t use that kind of excuse in the lovely days of July, now can you?! Heck, those excuses are even legit for work, too!

Bonus excuses if you have kids. The older kids get school delays and cancellations. For the younger kids though, nobody but parents can understand the ridiculousness of bundling up the kids to get into the car, only to unbundle them so they can safely ride in their car seat, only to bundle them back up to walk them to your destination to unbundle them yet again. And then, you know, redoing all of that on the way home. Noooo thanks. We will stay in until the temps hit at least 45.

3. The Home Uniform

While you are “stuck” in the house, there is nothing better to keep you warm than a fuzzy pair of slippers and some athletic wear. No, no. Not because you are an Olympian, but more because you are going to win the gold in Couch Curling.

Couch Curling: Assuming the fetal position on the couch under the warmest blanket you have as you skim through your DVR.

Go for the gold. You can do it! Maybe think about moving around your couch cushions every few days. You don’t want any evidence of where you sat for 4 months to linger.

4. Speaking of Couch Curling…

So many old TV shows you have been thinking of watching but haven’t had the time to start, or all of those hobbies you wanted to start? Well, now is the time! Hook up that Amazon Prime and load up some Dexter or Sopranos, grab a ball of yarn, widdle your old Christmas tree into a boat, whatever you think you want to do – do it!

5. The Carby, Cheesy, Bacony Deliciousness of Comfort Food

Yeah, I hate that I love this one most of all. If there is one thing, one thing, that gets me through the freezing cold months, it is a big ol’ bowl of comfort food.

You know what I’m talking about. Gravy. Mashed potatoes. Cheese. Soup. Something warm, and covered in sauce, with a couple extra carbs on the side, and served with a large chalice of wine. Maybe a hot toddy afterwards, with some cake you whipped up earlier in the afternoon.

Turn on that oven, warm up the kitchen and whip yourself up something you will enjoy every second of eating. There will be plenty of time to regret it when you have to wear actual pants again in the spring.

Well, that’s about as positive as I can get about winter, other than there are only 65 days of it. Ugh. I need some mac and cheese.

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Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!