Friday, February 26, 2010

Winter Complaints (and a new product line)

I used to be a winter person – the cold crisp air, the big comfy sweaters, thick wooly socks, and boots.  The move to Texas kind of ruined winter for me. I don't really have an excuse to lavish myself with winter's creature comforts anymore. 

Texas weather is such a tease – especially in February. The daffodils are up and at 'em, but don't let those cheery yellow blooms fool ya.  It's sunny and 60 today, but tomorrow it’s gonna be 40 and rainy, the day after that it'll be 35 and windy. Oh, and then it’s back to sunny and 60 again. Now before you start calling me a whiner, hear me out. Enjoying [surviving] winter is largely dependent upon dressing appropriately, right? Well, it’s nearly impossible to dress for a Texas winter. You never know what the weather’s going to do. On the news here they give Bus Stop Reports for the morning and the afternoon. That’s because it can be 65 degrees at 8:00 AM and then fall into the 30s by 3:00 PM. I’ve actually watched the temperature drop 40 degrees in as many minutes. That’s crazy! How do you prepare for weather like that?

You can’t. Even if you could figure out how to dress yourself, you’re screwed because none of the stores around here sell winter clothes. (Unless of course you happen to be thinking about your winter wardrobe in August…when it's 100 degrees outside.) This is especially true for children. Don’t try to find a long sleeve shirt or a jacket for your kiddo after December. Come January, it’s all about summer.

This winter has been a particularly tough one for us Texans. We had snow…TWICE! One storm dropped nearly 12” on us. Somehow snow always makes the cold more tolerable to me. The snow days were fun. But the rest of winter, well it's been awful. Again, especially for the kids. We haven’t had the sunny-60s this year. And since no one has proper cold-weather clothing to wear, that means no one’s been playing outside to play. And what happens when everybody stays inside all winter? You got it…viruses. Everybody’s sick.

I was sick for the first 38 days of 2010. (Except for the 72 hours preceding my birthday – when I decided to over celebrate and give myself a hangover that lasted for 2 days. No, I still haven't forgotten about that.) I had the flu…I had a cold…I got a sinus infection. And just when I was on the mend...there was a bout of strep. Fun times. Well, the good part about spending all that time on the sofa feeling like crap is that I got a lot of research done. So, meet the new kids on the Teddy Started It block:

The Honey Bee Well antiviral line. I’ll be introducing them into the shop over the next few days. I'm really excited about them.  Family and friends have been test-driving them and the results are looking good.  We're well at last...and planning to stay that way.  Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean I'm done complaining about the weather.

18 comments:

T @ Poppy Place said...

New products how exciting! I am really looking forward to getting my product in the mail :)

Thanks for the very sweet Birthday wishes :)

Have a great weekend, stay well and warm, T.

AlyGatr said...

What an awesome idea for a new line! Aw, I for one am jealous of your snow. I'll come up there and take some of yours.

bizzimommiofboyz said...

Happy Follow Friday!

Your new products look great! Good luck with them!

MisAdventuresofMomof3 said...

I like them very much - I assume they will be in your esty store? I will have to check those out. New follower from FF

Misadventures Of Mom of 3

Lady V dZine said...

Happy Friday Follow!
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~Shelley~ said...

Cute blog!! Visiting from Friday Follow..I'm your newest follower! Love for you to come visit me :)

Have a great weekend!
~Shelley @ Shelley's Swag

~SHANNON~ said...

I'm here from Friday Follow- except it's Saturday! I'm glad I found your blog!I'm your newest follower:)

I hope you will stop by my blog too!!

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Mrs. Sanchez said...

I found you from Friday Follow as well. :)

As a Southern California native, winter is a bit different than on the East Coast, but it has its charms as well. oooh, I'm loving winter.

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joeandbridge said...

Hi There! Just popping in from Friday Follow to be your newest follower. Hope you can visit me too! Have a great weekend!

Bridgette Groschen
The Groschen Goblins
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Cakeblast said...

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Shrimp Salad Circus said...

Okay, I can totally relate with the whole flip-flopping weather situation. I just wasn't cut out for more than one day of snow a year...

I hope you're feeling loads better, and the new antiviral line looks wonderful!!!

SonyaAnn said...

Thank you for all of the info.And so sorry to hear that you have been sick, I live there!

Erica said...

your new products look great! I live in new mexico and the winters are always strange here too, I don't mind that because it is all I really know of winter.

Louise | Italy said...

You know, I find it hard to associate Texas with snow and daffodils! Love your new range. Greetings from Italy via Friday Follow.

EmcogNEATO! said...

I love the name of the product line! :) I will have to keep an eye on your etsy shop when I am looking for gifts again. Happy Friday Follow. Hope you visit and follow me back here.

Emily said...

I also love the name of the new product line- clever and cute! I am your newest follower!

Hope you have a great weekend!