Recipe For Winter Sunbathing

☆ February 7, 2017

1) Toss a blanket over a fluffy patch of untouched snow.

2) Walk to one edge of the blanket, so that you are facing the sun with the blanket behind you, careful not to touch the blanket.

3) While facing the sun, squat over the blanket, then fall back into it.

(If you do this in one smooth motion, the snow under the blanket will perfectly conform to your body. This is the goal. Practice as necessary.)

4) Close your eyes and let the sun warm your face.

5) Breathe a little more slowly.

6) Realize that, despite everything else everywhere else, this moment is perfect.


12 Responses to “Recipe For Winter Sunbathing”

  1. hello haha narf
    February 7th, 2017 @ 8:15 am

    your scene sounds beautiful. :)
    when i was a young teen, my family would go to the mountains. my cousin and i would layer up on clothes & snow gear, then walk to a remote tiny pond and make chairs out of snow. we would talk for hours until we couldn’t feel our feet, then head back to the cabin to thaw out.

  2. Patr
    February 7th, 2017 @ 9:31 am

    Snow Number Mattress – custom fit to your own body – devine!

  3. Karyn Newbill
    February 7th, 2017 @ 9:39 am

    Ahhhh….thank you for that zen moment!

  4. thecrazysheeplady
    February 7th, 2017 @ 9:52 am


  5. scotty
    February 7th, 2017 @ 10:20 am

    1)toss blanket over fluffy patch of snow
    2)carefully walk to the edge and get ready to lay down on it
    3)start losing your balance a lil bit when a wild/domesticated animal zooms past.
    4)w hardly any clothes on get splashed with snow then fall into a drift.
    5)breathe real fast and attempt to not let the neighbor’s kids a few miles away learn some new words.
    6)freeze your ever lovin huevos rancheros and think about how ms. stockton knows how to do it right and realize my life is basically a train wreck.

  6. Leigh | Campfires & Concierges
    February 7th, 2017 @ 2:02 pm

    Love it! If only we had some snow to practice on :(

  7. Theresa Szpila
    February 7th, 2017 @ 4:46 pm

    What a lovely image, Shreve! We’re due for some 5″-10″ on Thursday, but somehow, I think my experience is more likely to resemble Scotty’s rather than yours, Shreve, so maybe I’ll just hold onto the mental picture instead of going for reality.

  8. carol K
    February 7th, 2017 @ 5:24 pm

    Very funny, SCOTTY!

    If we only had some sun! It’s been a rare sight all January and Feb. is shaping up to be the same.

  9. mv
    February 8th, 2017 @ 5:00 am

    Absolutely luv it!!!!

    I use to do something similar many years ago but when it started looking like Scotty’s version (I don’t think the neighbours appreciated me laughing at 06:30), I stopped.

    Now I bundle up warm, sit on a chair, sip hot cocoa and tell each neighbour as they go by.. yes I am fine, no I am not crazy, yes I actually like the cold weather, etc etc.

  10. Laura
    February 8th, 2017 @ 9:26 pm

    great idea! we just got snow in central IL-so if we have sun tomorrow I am going for it!

  11. Patricia Long
    February 9th, 2017 @ 1:33 pm

    I like your recipe!

  12. kelli graves
    February 24th, 2017 @ 8:11 am

    this sounds like heaven. i need a snow trip…

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