Western New York winters are harsh. And long. Some people say they last six months. That’s an exaggeration. Winters only last five miserable overcast months, twenty-nine freezing days, and twenty-three bloody awful hours. At least that’s what it feels like.
Since I love heat, sunshine, and being outdoors, I learned to dread winters. That all changed about two years ago, when I said, “Screw this, I’m riding my bicycle even if we’re getting blasted by snow, and the roads are so slippery that I feel like Bambi on ice.” Sure, I came close to being smashed to death a couple of times, but I would have died with a smile on my face. Few people are lucky enough to go that way.
Now, even if I could ride my bike year-round, I still had one problem: how could I write outside when it was 10 degrees F, and my fingers were painfully frozen? I could barely move them enough to open my laptop. Forget about typing anything. That’s when it occurred to me: I have a big porch – why not build a little enclosure which I can keep warm enough for my fingers to exit the dangerously-close-to-frost-bite zone?
Less than two days and $100 later, my “outside office” was done. I can work here in balmy 30 to 40 degrees F and I can tell you that I haven’t been this happy in winter since … sixteen years ago (that’s when I moved to Western New York).
To give you an idea of the setup of my office, I made a short video. Not the best quality, but it was fun to shoot.
Enjoy. And stay warm.