I’ve been told by a lot of people, native Bostonians and transplants alike, that one secret to surviving a Northeastern winter is getting outside. I don’t always have to leave the house on any given day (though I usually have a few errands to run). And some days, I do tuck myself away from the frigid temps and cold winds, especially if the weather is miserable. I particularly despise freezing rain.
But if it’s not raining/sleeting (or even if it is and I have somewhere to go), I’ll drive to the bank or post office or grocery store, walk two blocks to the branch library, walk to the beach (about a mile) or catch the T into town. I’ll spend a few minutes browsing the outdoor stalls at Brattle or stroll Charles Street or just walk the Common before stopping for a cuppa or a hot cocoa somewhere. And on these brilliant, sunny days, I need even less motivation to go store up sunshine or fresh air. I throw on my down jacket and a few warm handknits, and just go.
(I love my trusty wellie boots, but one of them has split down the side. Any recommendations for snow boots?)