I"m looking for a winter aerobic activity to keep my fitness level up for mountain biking. Cross country skiing is one of them. What should I buy and how hard is it going to be to learn? [more inside]
What's your solution to the slippery winter sidewalks, preferably with the least impact to environment yet won't involve salt tracked in on the carpet? My in-laws are in town and the normal sidewalk and driveway shoveling is not going to be enough to keep them from slipping and falling. Here's my problem, we have kids and pets that will track in salt or de-icer all over the carpet.
Where should we go for a winter weekend getaway within 2 hours drive of Chicago? [more inside]
Can I use winter tires that are smaller than the OEM tires on my car now? [more inside]
Help me de-code a NYCares Winter Wishes Wish - I have no idea what this kid is asking for [more inside]
What is the purpose of this weird detail (a button-on loop of some kind with wool on one side and velvet on the other) on the inside of my new coat? [more inside]
Solo piano music for a crisp winter's day. [more inside]
Are there differences between car ice scrapers? [more inside]
Help me find non-Christmas music for a winter craft fair [more inside]
I'm considering a December trip to Greece: probably Athens and Crete. Any tips on the off-season in particular? How many days to spend in each place? Any other places I should be looking at? [more inside]
I'm heading into my first Northern European winter, and all of my Berlin friends are regaling me with stories of months spent in a state of unrelenting malaise while developing alcohol problems and watching people throw themselves on to the Bahn tracks. I had problems with depression even when I lived in California, so I'm trying to develop a strategy for a suicide-free season. My primary question: will the sunbeds at my local pool constitute "light therapy"? [more inside]
I'm going to Europe in December/January. How do I make hostel reservations? I'll be traveling with one friend for about a week, and then by myself for another week and a half. My ideal hostel is warm, safe, and my stuff won't get stolen. We're not too afraid of roughing it, but we're going in the winter. So how (much) should we plan? [more inside]
Our apartment is cold, we want to have sex. How do we make this work? [more inside]
Is there anywhere that sells all-cotton winter coats for toddlers? My fragile son has skin allergies and while the usual mountain climbing gear may be great for all of those two-year-olds who are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, what about the kids who need their skin to breathe free, man? [more inside]
What winter vegetables can I grow in pots in a warm climate? [more inside]
I am looking for suggestions from all you intelligent, practical women out there regarding good, solid, moderately not-ugly snow boots. I live in Colorado and last winter was a nasty one and the one before, even worse and I am hanging up my knee-high, heeled black leather boots in favor of something less life-threatening. I used to swear I would never wear Uggs, but they have some cute styles this year and if they, or anything else, work for you, please, share. Under $200 is where I'm at. [more inside]
How do I keep warm this winter in an unheated apartment? [more inside]
Winter container gardening... or, to be more specific, what to do with the containers? [more inside]
Has anyone got any good vegetarian recipes for winter? I'm not a vegetarian, but I'm teaching myself to cook more meat-free meals for environmental reasons. I did ok during summer, but now that the weather's turned cold, I'm finding it harder. Tell me your favourites! [more inside]
I have a motorcycle (1983 bmw r100) that I would like to protect from the harsh Massachusetts winter. I would also like to take this time to do some work on the bike. I do not have a garage so I need to rent a place. Am I able to do repairs on a vehicle in a self storage facility? If not can you think of the type of place that would allow this?
I'm about to go off to college- in Massachusetts, when I've lived in Texas my entire life. Ideally, I'd like not to freeze all winter, so I'm looking for your clothing/lifestyle advice geared to someone without a clue. Additionally, the only members of my family who've lived anywhere cold are male, while I've fairly recently embraced my dressing-like-a-girl options. Any advice about how women in Our Frozen Territories stay warm without giving up on looking nice is especially appreciated. [more inside]
What, in theory, are the hottest a coldest days of the year? [more inside]
Two of my favorite books for summer are "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin and "Smilla's Sense of Snow" by Peter Hoeg; I'd like suggestions for other (preferably hefty) novels with complex/absorbing story lines and wintry settings or themes to help me stay sane 'til September. Got an ice book to recommend?
Four part backpacking question: backpacks, international shipping, shoes, and more travel orientated places to ask such questions. [more inside]
BackpackingFilter: Travelling around Europe from mid October to mid Janruary - help me pick the right gear to take. [more inside]
Ice has destroyed my oil furnace chimney. Will it kill me? [more inside]
Is it necessary or worthwhile to remove the snow from my crushed-stone driveway? If so, how? [more inside]
What could a small ice cream/frozen yogurt shop start selling in the colder months to keep business alive?
I can't stop thinking about fridges and winter. Would it save much energy to freeze gallon containers of water outdoors and put those in the fridge now and then? It's Minnesota winter over here and I want to make the most of it ;)
How do I know if my frozen lake is solid enough to walk on? [more inside]
Why doesnt my fridge make use of the winter weather? [more inside]
Forgotten movie: Winter, small crashed plane in the woods, bag of money, resulting woes. Spoilers inside. [more inside]
Icicle Watching Filter: Drippers Vs. Streamers [more inside]
I'm thinking about going on an exchange program, and am not sure how I should rank my choices. Should I spend January to June in Brisbane, Australia or Amsterdam? [more inside]
Photography in snow conditions. Help me not get the blues. [more inside]
Where's the best place in Chicago to sit in front of a nice fire and sip drinks? [more inside]
What are some cheap & lovely ideas for a winter-themed house-party here in Montreal? [more inside]
Why is my snow covered yard crawling with caterpillars? [more inside]
Would I be better off buying a winter coat and heavy shoes in Park City, Utah or London? [more inside]
How can I prevent a bird from damaging my house? This exact bird (or family of birds) arrives every winter and uses the area under the roof above my window to next. I'm amazed by the stunning accuracy of the on-board navigation system on this crow-like bird, but it keeps ripping grates off my house and tossing insulation out.
I will be vacating my house for a few months over the winter. Aside from some house plants there will be nothing organic in the house to worry about. I was planning on turning the heat down to near 40. The house is not particularly well insulated so, if we get a serious cold snap,which is entirely likely,I would like to be prepared. I was thinking of turning off the water from the basement so the pipes will be empty,therefore not freeze. Is there any danger in this? Have you any other suggestions?
What's a safe minimum temperature to keep my apartment during the day while my cat is home alone? [more inside]
I don't really use my car much in the winter but I park it outdoors. How do I maximize its chances of survival? [more inside]
I'd like to know the source of this Tech Crunch Christmas Greeting image or barring that, a free or CC licensed equivalent. [more inside]
Stuck in Winterland, Canada for Christmas. Help? [more inside]
Non-chlorinated winter swimming options in or around NYC? (Sustained swimming, not quick dips like the Polar Bear Club takes at Coney.) Just asking in case there's some idea I'm totally missing, short of "go somewhere warmer."
Do I really need winter tires in Denver? I lived in Chicago for 30 years and never bought winter tires. Granted, I was young and foolish for many of those years, but still. [more inside]
stop me from fattening up for the winter. [more inside]
I live in a humid / semi-tropical area where it never gets cold / snows. I have been here for 7 years and am very climatized. Now, whenever I go home to Michigan for Christmas, I get extremely 'dried out'.....my head feels dehydrated. I also get extremely tired / lethargic, and my internal thermometer gets thrown out of wack. What is going on here, and what can I do to alleviate the symptoms so I can have an enjoyable Christmas?