Winter Wonderland!

…not. I am one of those people who moved here for the weather. When I miss my East Coast cold, I head to the High Desert. But this frost on the morning Hollywood grass during my morning dog run is getting to my skin! My little space heater can’t keep my Casa de Carradine warm enough, but it sure dries out my sinuses. What’s a gal to do?

I have a crockpot and I alternate with fresh rosemary that I grow on the porch or some Kneipp bath salts (eucalyptus for my recent cold) – or right now, Trader Joe’s mulling spices! It smells heavenly in here and you only need about two tablespoons to fill your home with that warm, Christmas-y smell. And the crockpot adds moisture to the air, so if you’re using any sort of heater, it helps. I leave the lid off about halfway.

I know you’re not supposed to take super hot showers but I just can’t help it. I’m a big crybaby now when the temperature drops below fifty (and I grew up in New England!) So I’m big on exfoliation and moisturization. I use a Salux and keep lotions and body butters in the shower. (I’ve plugged all of my favorite products before.)

This winter I bought some footie PJs from Target. I got some cool leopard ones! They are warm and toasty, but not designed that well because they have no “trap door” like a traditional union suit, which means if you have to pee, you freeze. My trusty LL Bean silk long underwear will travel back East with me on my next trip. Lifetime guarantee (I did send it back once when it tore, and sure enough, it was replaced.) They are the greatest, and yes,  super-warm.


Photo by Aimeebakes via flickr.

Donna Lethal

About Donna Lethal

Donna Lethal is the author of "Milk of Amnesia" and writes for her own blog (Lethal Dose), Hair Hall of Fame, Dowager Quarterly, Find A Death, & the Valhalla Cemetery chapter in "Weird Hollywood." A native of Lowell, Mass., she's lived in Boston, NY and London before settling here. When not writing, she's hiking, soaking in a Korean salt room or in the high desert with her pit bull.
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5 Responses to Winter Wonderland!

  1. Wow, now I have a real reason to use my crockpot! (I don’t really cook…) That sounds awesome.

  2. It has never occured to me to use my crockpot as a humidifier! Guerilla beauty!

    I wear those little fuzzy socks and could not live without them. I actually bought a Snugee in desperation last year but it wa uncomfortable if you can believe it.

  3. Donna Lethal Donna Lethal says:

    Snuggies really are uncomfortable? Good to know. They scare me because they look like Monk robes which is why I won’t buy them. I miss those 70s zip-up robes that I lived in as a kid. I even looked for them on etsy/ebay but they didn’t wear too well. (Just back from my morning dog walk, which I do in my onesie PJs with coat and yoga pants over them. What is going on w/this weather?!)

  4. Donna Lethal Donna Lethal says:

    Based on the “I Write Like” website, the above blog post sample says I write like Margaret Atwood. I hope this little Handmaid’s Tale was helpful to you.

    • Thank you for giving me something new to obsess upon. My articles are all like Chuck Palahniuk, my snarky joking posts like Wodehouse, and oddly enough my recommendation to buy sheets like Stephen King.

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