According to various websites, hibernation is . . .
- "a way for many creatures – from butterflies to bats – to survive cold, dark winters without having to forage for food or migrate to somewhere warmer. Instead, they turn down their metabolisms to save energy." (Discover Wildlife)
- "a state of inactivity and metabolic depression in endotherms." (Wikipedia)
- "a state of greatly reduced metabolic activity and lowered body temperature adopted by certain mammals as an adaptation to adverse winter conditions." (Britanica.com)
Why this little lesson on . . . hibernation?
It has suddenly become winter here in my corner of the world. Like . . . January-winter in early November. Very. Cold. Couple that with the ever-increasing darkness, and . . . well . . . I feel like it's time to hibernate! Or at least to hunker down inside.
My life changes a good deal when the cold settles in. My entire diet changes, for example. My food cravings are different. I cook and prepare meals I would never even dream of making in the warm months. I sleep more. I go to bed earlier and I'm much more inclined to take a nap now and again. I wear shoes -- and socks (!) -- and so many layers. I bring out the twinkle lights and the candles. I have more frequent tea-breaks. I escape to the movies.
I definitely adapt!
(It may not - technically speaking - be hibernation. But it's pretty darn close!)
How about YOU? What do you do . . . to get through the cold, dark winter?
And Knitters? If you haven't already seen it (and already ordered it. . . ), be sure to visit Ann and Kay today and check out their newest Field Guide. Because . . . it's a Stunner! (And, well . . . I can clearly see that there will be more Not-A-Gray-Cardigans in my near knitting future.)
Enjoy your weekend.
See you on Monday!