robin andrea – Yeah, I always wondered how the hell girls could stand to wear dresses in cold weather. I guess I figured that was just one of the many & mysterious ways in which they differed from boys. :) For my part, my legs — especially my knees — are among the most cold-sensitive parts of my body. The last few days I’ve taken to wearing two pairs of long johns, one over the other.

Agreed about the need to make people fall in love again with each season, but I’m not sure how to do that. More nature- and place-blogging might be one small but significant part of the puzzle.

Laura – That’s one problem I don’t have – getting out of bed in the morning. I’m such a coffee addict, I usually can’t wait to get up!

I have a theory that the sexiness of fur coats depends upon deeply ingrained bestial/shamanic impulses, but I’ll save that for another time.

Evan – I shudder to think that anything I do might be cool, but yeah, I do still go sledding and I don’t understand why that’s seen as a kid’s thing, when adults can go skiing and skating. I will say that I can no longer sled lying down without my back complaining, so I sit on the back and steer with my feet. I even use an insulated cushion that straps to my belt. So maybe it’s just that sledding doesn’t look pretty when people my age do it.

Zhoen – Maybe you should wear goggles? I have glasses, so I don’t have to worry about my eyeballs freezing, just going blind when the glasses stem up and freeze. That’s why I don’t go cross-country skiing too often.