Skip to navigation Skip to main content

Three More Weeks Of Winter

FEATURED | February 27, 2019

Three More Weeks Of Winter

Love it or hate it, winter is not over yet.  The calendar says that spring begins on Wednesday, March 20 (at 5:58 pm Eastern Daylight Time, to be precise).  The rodent weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on February 2nd, so according to tradition, spring will come early.  Of course, Phil’s accuracy rating is less than 40%, so you may not want to put your winter coat away quite yet.  How do you plan to deal with at least 3 more weeks of winter?  It all depends on your attitude.


Yes!  More Winter Sports.  If you skate, ski, snowshoe or curl, you are a happy person right now.  Between the Polar Vortex and the massive storms we’ve seen all across the country, it has been a cold and snowy winter.  Too snowy in some places, although the sheer volume of snow will extend the ski season in many mountain locations.  Rejoice, winter enthusiasts!  The rest of us will stay at lower altitudes or enjoy our lodge time.


Winter Carnival.  When I lived in Wisconsin, I had friends who made a celebration out of winter.  Every February they’d gather a group of friends for a weekend of sledding, eating, games and just hanging out.  (There might have been a beer or two involved.)  Starting Friday night, we’d cook, eat, and play board or card games.  No TV allowed.  On Saturday, we’d do the same thing, with the addition of sledding and/or ice-skating.  One year they rented a rink and we unleashed our inner Wayne Gretzkys in a very slow game of ice hockey.  You don’t have to go to those lengths, but what about creating your own Winter Carnival tradition?  Gather your friends, turn off the phones and tablets, and start cooking.  Get out the Monopoly board or revive Pictionary.  If skating and sledding are not options, simply go outside for a walk or to gaze at the stars.  Break the winter routine, even if it’s just for one afternoon and evening.


Hygge.  Have you heard of hygge?  It’s the Danish art of coziness, something we can definitely use right now.  Pronounced hue-guh or hoo-gah (depending on the source), it’s not something you study or buy.  It’s a way of living.  The Danes know about long, cold, dark winters.  In response, they developed a way to enhance their lives by acknowledging the importance of the ordinary moment.  Hygge is being aware and feeling happiness when you perform tasks such as making coffee, cooking and sharing a meal with friends, or creating a cozy space.  Hygge is not an artificial construct, but a natural part of life.  Slow down, savor your tea, and experience life’s small pleasures.  Don’t forget the cozy socks and blanket.


Hit The Refresh Button.  After the excitement of the holidays, winter can seem like a long, dark passage to spring.  Time to shake it up.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to refresh your home, and you don’t have to go all-in on organizing, unless you want to join the KonMari movement.  Buy a new set of sheets in a fun color or print.  Ditto for towels.  Replace the covers on your throw pillows with something bright or patterned.  House plants looking tired?  Decide if they are worth pruning and repotting (think colorful glazed or plastic pots), and if not, go for a different look.  Try succulents or cactus for a sculptural effect.


Plan For Spring.  If you can’t stand living with winter any longer, think spring.  What will make you happy when the days are longer and the weather warms up?  Buy tickets for a baseball game.  Look at your favorite gardening websites for new plant ideas.  Choose a long weekend for a getaway and book your hotel or Airbnb.  Having something to look forward to should make the cold days go faster.


Remember, it’s only about 3 weeks to spring.  You can make it.

You guys rock! I am so blessed to have had such wonderful and dedicated professionals working on my family’s behalf during this process. I couldn’t ask for a better experience because this was top notch service from start to finish. -Ayana A. | Browns Mills, NJ | 12.6.2017
Important Notice:
You are leaving the First Choice Loan Services Website.

The hyperlinks to other websites are provided solely as a convenience of the users of the First Choice Loan Services Inc. internet site, or the sites of its mortgage loan originators. The Company has made a limited effort to determine that these links function properly. Linked sites are not under the control of the Company or Originator, and the Company or Originator is not responsible for the contents of any linked site, or any link contained in a linked site, unless the site is You are responsible for confirming the identity and authenticity of any site you visit and transact business with online. The inclusion of a link does not imply or constitute an endorsement by the Company, its ownership or management, the originator, the products or services it offers, or any advertisers or sponsors appearing on these web sites.

You can click the Cancel button to return to the previous page or use the back arrow/button on your browser after you leave.

Protect yourself from possible e-mail fraud threats. First Choice Loan Services will never request your confidential information through email. Contact us at 855-532-2047 to verify any email request or to report suspicious emails.