I am now a senior and I think this is why I feel the cold. Unfortunately, I need the heat turned on more often to be comfortable. I feel the wind outside and the bone chilling cold.
I saw a post on Facebook the other day from a friend who had just left her grandmother's "excessively hot condo" and I thought, I have arrived there, myself. I asked myself why. I am not in my 90's nor am I thin, like she is. So what has happened?
When I was some younger, I could stand on a balcony in freezing temps in an backless evening dress without a wrap and no goosebumps. I was in my 30's and slim, but I did not feel the cold. The only heavy coat I had was one I had purchased during a visit to Chicago in December, and it was too hot to wear anywhere but Chicago.
In fact, I have only jackets, now. I had a couple of peacoats over 13 years ago when I lived in the DC area, but basically I hate coats and I have not worn them. It was never really cold enough, no matter how much snow, ice, or wind there was.
It is cold enough now. I wish I had one to brave the winds and snow if I go out. I hate to admit it, but I watch the weather channel constantly to see if it will be warm enough for me to leave the house (another old person thing). I remember a friend and I discussing our parents and their expectation for perfect weather in order to do anything. Have I gotten there?
It must be so. And the only reason I can think of is that I am getting older - not OLD - but older. I have arthritis, poor circulation even though I exercise, and muscles that get stiff in the cold and must be warmed up in some way. I have even started sleeping not only with a blanket but also with the spread pulled up. My arms and legs get cold.
Well, I have promised my friends to quit complaining about the cold here in North Carolina, and I will stop now. But, I plan on buying a coat during one of the sales this spring. I am not going to let cold weather stop me or make me OLD.