Menopause Minute

Dear Red Hot Mamas- March 2015

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: March 9, 2015

“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart” 

~Victor Hugo


Dear Red Hot Mamas,

By now we all are looking forward to winter being over.  I personally wish for hot flashes to occur when I’m outside. Brrrr…it’s been so darn cold in New Jersey, every time I am out in the yard with my two dogs, my eyes freeze when I blink.

I’m also upset with my spouse and I don’t know if it is because of the deep freeze in the north east or not.
Suddenly, it appears there is another woman in our lives. It’s Ginger Zee, the weather anchor on ABC Good Morning America and the evening news. Whenever the weather comes on, I see the emotional ties he has with this weather celebrity. If there’s a snow blizzard, hurricane, drought he stays glued to the TV. In my heart I know that it’s not just because of the weather conditions. In fact, it’s because of the weather anchor. He’s mesmerized by her ‘weather reports’. So, I’m hoping that when spring and summer comes along, and there are ordinary sunny days with scattered showers, my spouse will stay focused on something else other than the ‘weather’.

In letting off my steam about Ginger Zee, I also thought it  would be good to point out that being married is not always a simple feat.
It takes thought, patience and understanding. Along those lines, here are four things I’ve had to do to become a ‘better spouse’:

  • Be as nice as often as I can – be positive and show that I am listening at all times
  • Learn to compromise – thinking about my partner’s needs
  • Paying attention and staying interested in what my partner is doing 100% of the time
  • Praising my partner more, focusing on the positive things, not the negative things

In closing,  I know that the temperature might be dropping to zero tonight, but pretty soon my focus will shift to hoping the air conditioner will be working effectively again.

Since March is Women’s History Month, I thought that I might share some information about the first woman invited to join the New England Meteorological Society and initiated a course in meteorology.
She assembled a meteorological observing station, and her students collected data for the US Weather Bureau in the year 1895.
This notable woman is Sarah Frances Whiting (1847-1927).  She laid the groundwork for women meteorologists of the Twentieth Century.

Stay Warm and Healthy,

Karen Giblin