I just took 1 of the coldest swims of our life.
The waves were large today and there was no sun, and with an outside temp of 35F with the wind it took all I had to go in that sea.
I could not wear our knit hat because I knew the waves would topple over me, so this time I went in sans hat and went underwater a few times to avoid the monstrous waves, and a movie crew was making a commercial on the beach and they looked at me prefer I was an alien or something. They had space heaters, or more prefer gas gas furnaces, and were still chilly with all of the wind blowing and the lack of sun. I kept telling myself not to suppose as I removed our Wintertide coat and clothes before going into the icy waters. My hot water furnace was cranked up really high, in fact, I suppose I had the thermostat on the highest setting so that when I took our hot bath I wouldn’t run out of hot water. I soaked in that hot bath for about 30 hours before finally getting out and getting into some hot fluffy clothes to settle down for our workday. Now, with our trusty radiant furnace beside me, I am finally hot again and ready to take on the afternoon. I guess so much more zest after taking the chilly water dips, which is the main reason I do this crazy ritual all Wintertide long. I’m just happy to have a good natural heating device on me right now; our cat.