A man for cold seasons

31 May

Being single and living alone isn’t easy. There’s no one to help you with heavy bags, no one to wrap your bleeding foot in a towel if you step on a sewing needle (note to self: don’t leave needles lying around) and no one to change the light bulb that’s just beyond your reach.

During the warmer months there’s always plenty to distract you: balmy nights in open-air bars, holidays with single friends, half-naked men at the beach and in the park. People have more energy to invest in socialising and invitations collide, keeping your diary full and your glass topped up.

But as the weather cools and the number of layers you wear increases, so does your awareness of singledom. If you feel like a lazy night in because it’s pouring outside, you have to spend it alone if your friends aren’t up for the commute to your place. And sometimes there’s nothing wrong with flannelette pjs, a bottle of wine and the Sex and the City boxed set, but no one wants to spend every winter weekend by themselves.

That’s why there’s a special man in my life who’s always at hand when the mercury drops.

A friend introduced us a few years ago and I’ve cherished him ever since. While I find I don’t need him in summer, as soon as daylight savings ends and it’s dark by the time I get home, I look him up and he takes the edge off being single.

Herbie the Love HugSo I’d like to introduce you to my winter man: Herbie the Love Hug. Herbie makes single life more bearable when it’s cold outside and there’s no one to snuggle up to in bed. A wonderfully scented wheat-bag made by Annabel Trends, you can buy your own Herbie for around $25. He might not take you out to dinner or buy you flowers, but he never hogs the doona and he’ll keep you warm all night.


6 Responses to “A man for cold seasons”

  1. Judi June 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    Great post – liked the humour. Maybe I should get a Herbie!

  2. Lucie Stevens June 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    You should Judi – going to bed with Herbie beats going to bed alone! Just like a real man, finding him in the morning can sometimes be tricky but at least you know Herbie will never give you a lame excuse!

  3. beachblogger June 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    I’m in love already

    • beachblogger June 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

      PS but I feel I should remain faithful to my existing rectangular wheatbag of unimaginative (but cosy) flannelette ….

  4. athenapallas June 10, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    When I take off my helmet and cloak and place them at the end of my bed next to my shield I feel so forlorn until I realise that my bed is filled with snugly little bears. Please do not tell my opponents about this weakness of mine but even though I’m a great warrior the touch of their fur against my skin….. well it is better than bronze or goat skin let me tell you and as for a man well that’s another story….


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