But the rest of me stays cold, too, not just my hands and feet. Part of the reason, I think, is that I'm quite thin and have very little natural padding to serve as insulation. But turns out there's another reason, too: I'm getting old, and just as I suspected, older people feel the cold more. According to an article from Scientific American's Health After 50 there is a natural slowing of our metabolism as we age and our bodies become less efficient at generating heat and maintaining a normal body temperature. It's nice to know there's a logical scientific explanation for it.
Much as I would like to think that warm weather will be here soon, the local weather forecast is calling for more of the same, with a possibility that temperatures will drop into the teens tonight. And to make things worse, there's a possibility of snow by the end of the week. Now I know some people love snow and look forward to it, but I am definitely not one of them! So I guess I'll just have to grit my teeth, bundle up in a zillion layers and dream of spring. Stay warm, y'all, and repeat with me the words of P.B. Shelley: "If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?"