The signs are all around us, Gentle Reader. Winter is coming! (Say this in your best Game of Thrones voice.)
Here’s how we know winter is almost here at Bunkersdown.
1- The heater clicks on every morning now.
2- The first snow of the year has fallen (and turned every individual under 12 years of age into a hyperactive nut-ball that dances around gleefully while shouting, “Christmas is almost HERE!”)
3- The chickens have a “burning” desire to electrocute themselves with their fancy heated waterer. (Just stop pecking at the cord ladies. Seriously. Electrical currents do not taste good.)
4- All I want to wear are sweaters and pants with elastic waistbands.
5- I have received written and illustrated Christmas lists from two of my children. The third has given me a verbal catalog of appropriate gifts because writing them down is “way too babyish” since he is practically a man at 13 years old.)
6- Turkeys are on sale everywhere you go. (It really is the most magical time of the year.)
7- We keep getting emails from retail stores informing us that we can have a “Secret, sneak-peek at thousands of Black Friday deals!” Here’s a newsflash people: if you send the same email to millions of customers it is officially no longer a “secret, sneak-peek,” it is an advertisement. I’m on to your schemes.
8- Three words: Easy eggnog access.
9- The first (and second) bags of Candy Cane Hershey Kisses have been purchased (and consumed.)
10- I begin considering hibernation on the couch with a stack of library books and a cozy blanket as a viable career option.
11- The world easily becomes divided into two types of people: those who listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving and the Grinches who do not.
12- Oatmeal. So. Much. Oatmeal. (For the humans in this house and the chickens in the backyard.)
13- Florida residents have started boasting on Facebook about their weather forecasts.
14- My husband has started making empty threats about not climbing unto the roof this year to put up Christmas lights. (Oh honey, you’re adorable, really.)
Are you seeing these signs, Gentle Reader, where you live? Do you have any others that tell you winter’s practically on our doorstep? Share in the comments.