How to Texas in Michigan Weather

My parents are from Michigan. In what I can only characterize as a stroke of genius, they moved to Texas in the 70s (and it had absolutely nothing to do with the Army. Nope.). So every time I say something about this winter of never-ending ice and wet and cold and fog and freezes, they just retort something about how I would die shoveling snow. Yeah. You’re not wrong, forebearers of Swedish, German, and Scots-Irish descent. My DNA may come from the land of ice and snow, but weathering these dank, dark, Moria-like conditions is not for me. No, really, I feel like I am in a giant cave of stuff I want nothing to do with. Where is the sun?

So, how does a Texan cope in this purgatory of dreary desperation?
1. Spirits. Self-explanatory. Flask optional. Be aware that tequila may make you a little too aggressive about demanding more tortilla chips for your queso …

2. Layer-up: Eli gets to wear his quarter sheet A LOT right now, and honestly I think he appreciates it, which is to say he doesn’t try to kick or buck it off. I wear a puffy vest under a puffy coat and groom while wearing gloves and sometimes I leave my helmet on for a really long time after riding because hunter hair keeps my ears warm. I may have driven home with it on the other day, but I can’t say for sure.
3. Stay layered-up while indoors. I wear my puffy coat at my desk at work and at the dining room table at home. I am just trying to recreate what 85F and sunny feels like. But inside. Where the heat is not turned up enough, in my opinion.
4. Scalding hot Mexican food. Slathered in scalding hot queso. Oven-warmed (or heat lamp, either way) tortilla chips are the appropriate utensil.

5. While we are on Mexican food, jalapeños. I put them on everything right now. On toast. On potatoes. On salads. I think they might be good in Greek yogurt …
6. Scalding hot showers: the only time I am actually warm.
7. Scarves … this goes beyond just layering up. I wear scarves everywhere year-round. In winter, I maybe wear two at a time. Then I can wrap my neck and my face from the nose down.
8. Keep a wardrobe of enough winter layers to satisfy a Sherpa in the backseat of your car because when the weather guy says it’s going to get up to 50 today, he means for like 3 minutes. The rest of the day will be like 36F and you might see penguins.
9. Fire. Fire pits, chimineas, grills, smokers … if you have to be outside, light something on fire and cook meat until it gets that smoky, crunchy char around the edges. And then eat it with queso and jalapeños.

And like any devoted Texan, I have added both “chimineas” and “queso” to my spell-check dictionary.

20 thoughts on “How to Texas in Michigan Weather

    • I meant to get a picture of Chuy’s nachos that I had last Friday because that would be more representative of decent nachos but at home I am too lazy for anything more elaborate.


  1. I think I need more details to know if I agree since I live in Michigan. What temperatures are we talking here? Here when it’s cold you don’t go out unless you have to (ie you have horses or have to go to work), lol. The scalding showers are on point but I also turn on an extra heater in the bathroom because nothing is worse than getting out of a hot shower to a blast of cooler air. I don’t usually use a quarter sheet if it’s over 25F out.
    Today it’s close to 50F out and rainy so my world is dark and muddy.


    • I didn’t specify Michigan winter weather 😉 … but a) as a child we visited and took the ferry to Mackinac Island and it was like 50 and kinda rainy … during the summer (which is NOT a thing here) … and b) I have never awoke to 11F outside my backdoor until very, very recently and it was physically painful.


  2. You need a blanket scarf! Basically just an enormous scarf that I wear often here in Wisconsin. It’s big enough to cover my ears, nose, lower face, neck and continue down beneath my coat to somewhere in the region of my bellybutton. So. Warm. And then if you wear it inside, you can either keep it on like a scarf or wrap it over your shoulders like a blanket. Best winter accessory ever.


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