Mums Not Hot ; When you don’t do cold

“I think I was born in the wrong country” is my usual response when discussing who likes Summer or Winter best – you know those small talk chats, often in a queue, which never tire on us Brits.

“I love Summer, but I do love getting all wrapped up in jumpers and boots”. Is the standard response right?

But the thing is, even hats, jumpers, boots, three layers and slipper socks worn as actual day wear doesn’t cut it for me. I am basically a lizard, requiring at least four hours of warm sunshine on my skin to be able to function.

I mean, I love Christmas, and new autumn footwear (who doesn’t) but otherwise this time of year is pretty hard to face – the freezing, wet school runs first thing in the morning, which take me a good two hours to warm up from, just in time for heading out again for the pre school pick up.

Thanks to our new smart meter  at home, there is a permanent dance around the thermostat played out – a few degrees up, a few degrees down. Back up. Back down. And let’s not even get started on the fan heater in the living room. To me worth every penny, to him, not so much. Whilst I’m shivering and contemplating cranking the heating up a degree or two, he arrives in through the door, declaring “It’s like a furnace in here”.

Invitations to parks are politely declined, as I look out the window and can’t imagine much worse than being further than two foot away from the radiator. Or, initial grand plans are tentatively backed out of, as the idea seems so much more fun that the actual reality.

I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two types of people in life – those who are hot (and not as in the Jamie Dornan type hot), and those who are cold blooded. My own family demonstrates this perfectly well, with the male line demonstrating the ability to wear shorts in February, and can be seen sweating and complaining of the heat by mid March. My mother and I however, both turn blue at the start of September, and can compare notes on our Raynauds presentation in extremities, resembling the fingers and toes of someone six feet under. Strange as it looks, it also results in a burning physical pain, especially if warmed up too quickly – something I learnt to avoid at a very young age. So as much as it pains me to say it, a polar explorer I’ll never be. In fact, so many times the hubby and I have watched some TV show with any kind of test of physical endurance involving being cold, and laughed that such a task would leave me probably, actually, brown bread.

I’ve no idea what way the girls are heading – neither having shown signs of any white fingers weirdness yet, but certainly been a few tears on the school run. If I had to call it I’d say Tigs, being one to kick off her school coat mid walk home (against my protests) is the polar opposite of me wheras her sister would happily live her best life in a onesie daily, is probably following in my heavily slippered footsteps.

At 36 years old, my childhood comforter, which still gets a fair bit of use in the winter months, is a ‘The Snowman’ hot water bottle. So, it seems, I have always been this way – one who craves comfort and warmth, literally, to feel at peace. In fact, whilst I will often be asleep before my head hits the pillow, should my toes feel a chill, I’ll be hopping right back out again to put that straight, as I can not sleep with cold feet.

In fact, To me, there is little worse than chilly tootsies, meaning I’m pretty particular about wearing shoes (or even slippers) without socks – i.e. it rarely happens unless we are hitting the high teen temperatures of late spring, and the mid twenties of summer. At which time you will find me happily living in flip flops, denim shorts, walking on the sunny side of the street, and finding literally ANY excuse to be out in the sun’s warm rays.

Until then, I’ll be here, under three layers of knitwear and two layers of foot cover. Hugging my eighth mug of tea and closing all the windows, again. By dusk I’ll be looking an image of pure seduction, with two layers of PJs, bed socks tucked in to avoid any air gaps, and a dressing gown, hood up – often worn in bed, under the 14 tog duck down duvet.

Because Mum is definitely, not hot.


Is this normal? Anyone else feel this way in the deepest darkest Winter months? Seriously YEARNING for some warmth and sunshine now!


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22 thoughts on “Mums Not Hot ; When you don’t do cold

  1. Tales From Mamaville (@MamavilleTales) Reply

    I think you just wrote about me Sarah! I am also almost always in socks, even in the not-so-warm summers (unless it’s blasting hot!!!) and my hands are a dry, chapped mess through winters! Where is the warmth???

  2. ren blaire hunter Reply

    I am probably more like your male line although I will not wear shorts in winter I am not usually rugged up either, my male line is the same, my brother and dad in particular are always in shorts.

  3. mackenzieglanville Reply

    I really shouldn’t complain about the cold whilst living in Australia should I? I am an inbetween kind of girl. I hate super hot days where I feel sweaty, but I hate the really cold days where no matter how many layers you have on I swear I feel the cold in my actual bones! I love Autumn and Spring in Australia it is just the best. You are welcome to come stay anytime xx #coolmumclub

  4. Jenny Curtis Reply

    I’m the other way- my nickname was Ice Queen in the last office job I had as I was always opening the window in winter! I hate air con though- always makes me shiver. #coolmumclub

  5. anywaytostayathome Reply

    We are opposites. I would take cold over hot any time! Love Autumn and Winter #coolmumclub

  6. RainbowsR2Beautiful (@rainbowsaretoo) Reply

    I am cold all the time. In my ouse right now wearing my superdry coat! You are not alone! #coolmumclub

  7. Tubbs Reply

    I do not do cold well either. I’m always wrapped in a blanket and attempting to entice the cat on my lap for extra warmth during winter. So blooming cold right now as well!

  8. Helen (Cooking with my kids) Reply

    I’m sitting here next to a heater with about 12 layers on! Moving to Scotland doesn’t seem like such a good idea in the winter. I’m happy that it’s only getting dark at about 5pm now though, as i’m not sure whether I hate the cold or the dark more? #coolmumclub

  9. amumatwork Reply

    Cold blooded Mum here! The first house we ever bought was a beautiful Victorian semi which turned out to be wonderful in the summer months, but horrendously chilly in Winter. I spent my life trying to seal up drafty windows and doors while shivering under a collection of slankets, electric blankets and thermal socks. I swore I’d never live in a period home again and when we moved, I insisted on it being a modern house. Hubby thought I was mad but I’ve been so thankful for our warm house this week! Roll on summer!

  10. Nita Reply

    This is the same in our household! Hubby is always complaining that its hot, whilst me and my little boy is sitting in front of the radiator hugging ourselves with a blanket! lol We even wear socks while we sleep at night! Maybe I should consider moving to warmer climates! #coolmumclub

  11. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    As I sit here reading this I literally have a plug in radiator sitting right next to me because I also don’t do cold!!! Brrrr. Super chilly today over at #coolmumclub eh? Sending warm vibes your way hun xoxo

  12. mummyconstant Reply

    I am so glad I am not the only one – I love Winter. I love wrapping up warm and snuggly. 🙂 Great link up! #Coolmumclub

  13. mummyhereandthere Reply

    I hardly wear a coat as I get too hot, weirdly started getting more hot after I gave birth to my first child X #coolmumclub

  14. oldhouseintheshires Reply

    I think I’ve had enough of cold, no light filled days and rain now! I love to be outside in all weathers but I’m not too keen on these dark days and not being able to get outside after work as it’s so dark. I miss my garden and roaming around the fields with my dog. Roll on spring I say! Your poor fingers btw…I bet that’s painful. #coolmumclub

  15. Alice Letters to my Daughter Reply

    Ooh I’m totally with you. I always need lots of layers and my husband trots around in shorts. I can make him almost jump out of bed with a carefully placed chilly toe, and it’s been suggested that my left foot may even generate cold as it’s always so icy due to a circulation problem!!

    1. Alice Letters to my Daughter Reply

      Sorry – #coolmumclub !!

  16. Nicola Reply

    I am totally with you! I hate the cold and can regularly be seen sat in front of the fire, in pjs, wooly jumper and fluffy socks, shivering away while my other half is sat there sweating in shorts and t-shirt! #coolmumclub

  17. Kate on thin ice (@kateonthinice) Reply

    Feeling your pain and totally empathise. I think it is when the cold spell goes on and on incessantly that it gets us down. I was OK with it at first, then I could tolerate it and now I am heartily sick of it and so looking forward to a change of season and temperature. I like to be warm not hot but just a decent temperature and that is not what we have right now. #CoolMumClub

  18. The Queen of Collage Reply

    Totally agree with you. It’s so cold outside right now that we haven’t been to the park for a while. However, I don’t do heat either so I guess Spring and Autumn are my best months. #coolmumclub

  19. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... Reply

    I am cold ALL THE TIME! I think I get it from my nan who wears a jumper and cardie even at the height of summer. Chris had never heard anyone’s teeth chatter until he met me! #coolmumclub

  20. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) Reply

    I’m with you on this! Lots of layers in the winter and spending most of it longing for warmer weather. At least with Jessica, I have a good excuse to keep the heating on as much as possible. #coolmumclub

  21. crummymummy1 Reply

    I feel the cold & hate it too – I’ve been known to cry simply because I’m cold! But they do say cold hands, warm heart #coolmumclub

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