Winter People

by Kit Kittredge

As a crack journalist, I study people everywhere I go.  I have noticed that my neighbors in Cincinnati all have different ways of coping with winter.  When you live in a winter climate, you know the feeling of the snow being deeper than the top of your boots.  Brrr!  At the Cincinnati Register, we call stories like this one ‘human interest’ stories.

Caroline lives nearby, and she looks forward to winter because it means completely changing up her wardrobe.   Wintery weather means an opportunity to get out her fluffiest pink coat and  shearling boots.img_8284Don’t let the blond hair and shopping bags fool you — she is more than a pretty face!  Caroline’s love of winter clothing was the start of our neighborhood coat and mitten drive for needy kids.  She uses her shopping talents to scoop up items to donate when clearance sales start.  (It’s important for journalists not to reinforce stereotypes – K.K.).   Having a fashionista among us is just the encouragement we need to try a new winter look and pass down our still nice coats to those in need.


Every Northern inhabitant has a neighbor like dear Addy.  Addy is our winter dog walker.


Winter dog walkers are often so bundled up that you aren’t quite sure who is under the hat and scarf!  A big dog like Rembrandt needs exercise, even when the temps are below zero.

Grace can’t wait for the first snowfall to hit the slopes.  There is no winter sport that Grace won’t try, and she has heaps of winter sports gear to prove it!  She always talking about black diamond runs and half pipes.  After school she takes a bus with her classmates to the local ski hill.  She hasn’t broken anything yet!


One of the most delightful parts of living in a winter climate is having an excuse to slow down, stay home, and hibernate.  And you guessed it… that is my approach to winter!


Here I am with a good book, flannel night-gown, and a warm quilt.

What do you like to do when north winds blow?







12 thoughts on “Winter People

  1. jackylina

    Very nice reporting Kit. Caroline is such a sweet girl. My favorite thing to do in the snow is go sledding. Unfortunately we haven’ had snow in a long time. I haven’t had the chance to go this winter yet. Let’s hope for snow in February, or if you want to bring some of your snow to my house, that might be even better!


    1. Jen Post author

      Caroline is definitely more than just a pretty face.
      We like to ice skate. We have an outdoor rink a block away and there is a roaring fire inside. Unfortunately, it’s all water at the moment. We haven’t had snow since around Christmas, which is great for our snowplow bill but otherwise kind of dreary.

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  2. Madison (Delightful World of Dolls)

    Aw, this is so cute! Kit is a great journalist. 😀 My family and I like to make fires in our backyard whenever it gets cold – here in humid Florida, we take every chance to be out in the rare cold we get!

    I’m not sure why I haven’t really started commenting until just now, even though I’ve been following for quite a while… Your posts are amazing!



    1. Jen Post author

      I have never been to Florida! When you live in the north there is something magical about overnight snow, the sound of a snow plow at about 4 am, and the hope for no school the next day! Thanks for commenting 😃

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  3. grammagump

    Kit, you are a great writer; I really enjoyed your reporting. And the girls’ outfits are fantastic. They are one lucky bunch of girls. Like you, I like staying inside doing quiet activities when it is cold. I just wish I could at least SEE more snowfall; it has been a lean year for the white stuff.


    1. Jen Post author

      Thanks! At my daughter’s school they actually do have after-school skiing Friday nights. Many a kid has ended up with a broken leg!



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