Perfect Day (20 Rubies)
I will assume that we would arrive in the morning with the whole day ahead of us. As soon as I would unpack, I would make my way towards the slopes if the weather was nice. After a couple of hours of skiing, I would make my way back to the lodge for some food and hot drinks, to warm myself up and rest for the next few hours. After recuperating some, I would again make my way to the slopes, but for a shorter time, maybe two hours or so. Then, I would go back again.
After warming up some by the fire and with a mug of hot chocolate in my hands, I would either do some creative stuff before dinner or play some games. My last deed for the day would be to curl up with a good book and a warm blanket after dinner for some light reading.
Snowflakes (20 Rubies, 10 per flake)
Cosy Cookery (20 rubies)
Credit to Robyn Stone for this wonderful recipe.
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups cocoa
2 teaspoons salt
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
Heat one cup of whole milk per serving.
Mix in two tablespoons of hot chocolate mix and stir until dissolved.
I always had a soft spot for hot chocolate. It is practically a drink from my childhood. Whenever it got slightly chilly, or I was hurt (and I got hurt a lot as a kid!), my mama always made me (and my cousin) home-made hot chocolate.
Sometimes, it had consistency of hot cocoa, sometimes it was thick, but always, it was delicious. Whenever I make myself a cup of hot chocolate, I just breathe it in and recall those pleasant memories of home.
Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? (20 rubies)
This is Gary in snowman form. Gary is a long-suffering companion and best friend of one Maxim Trevelyan. He keeps him out of trouble if he can. He is not amused about Maxim's antics and wonders why he is even friends with him.
The photo shows a snowman with one yellow and one green eye looking right. He has a crooked orange nose and mouth made of six coal stones. Gary has a sloppily thrown on sparkling pink scarf. His jacket is held together with five silver, sparkly buttons.
Cold Weather Critters (20 Rubies)
The magical creature often seen during winter times is the Snowpuff. Its habitat is any place where it is snowing, no matter how remote or urban it is. It life-span is as long as the snow they inhabit lasts. Which might mean minutes, months, or decades.
No one knows how Snowpuff comes into existence. Magizoologists think that the concentration of the magic in the air forms Snowpuffs out of snowflakes when it starts to snow. They feed on snow and ice, on rare occasions when they cannot find food also on frozen flora.
Snowpuffs resemble a snowball, but with more of a giant-snowflake characteristics. They are extremely docile and love to perform in snowball fights with young wizards and witches.
Wrap Up Warm (20 Rubies)
First, thermal underwear is best if you plan to stay in the snow or just cold weather for a longer period of time. Otherwise, normal underwear and warm fuzzy leggings are the best. I also always wear a tank undershirt, for added warmth in torso area. Do not forget about one or two layers of socks!
Then, I normally dress myself in thin clothing. Like, long pants, similar to sweat pants and a sweater. It is important that they are not loose or they might get stuck on skis or other equipment. Over that, I wear warm and waterproof ski pants and jacket. A helmet and goggles are a must as well.
Perfect outfit for several hours on the slopes.
Wish You Were Here (20 Rubies)
I think that my postcard would be a combination of different things, like a collage. Since this is a winter trip, I think a white snowflake border would be the prettiest. Then, the postcard would be divided into several parts, separated with white lines. In the middle of the card, there would be a name of the place we went to.
The separate shorts would show the slopes with people skiing, a snapshot of one of the lodges, with smoke coming out of the chimney, a shot of the board games or books and a mug of hot chocolate/cocoa nearby, a shot of the mountains, of people building a snowman and the village/city overall.
Story Time (20 rubies)
'It's snowing,' she screamed. Her chapped, dry lips were open in awe at the wondrous sight, puffs of air escaping her mouth, clouding the chilly air all around her.
Her gaze turned toward the sky, eyes filling with happiness so rarely felt as small, brittle, flecks landed on her hair, clothes, nose and eyelashes, covering her in a white coat of cold.
'It's snowing!' she yelped again and stared running around in the garden, beckoning the person behind her to hurry out as well.
'Mama, it's snowing!' she looked into older eyes, which were accompanied with laugh lines around the edges. She picked up a handful of snow and tried to shape it into a ball. With a swing of her arm, she hit her mother in the chest, both laughing loudly. It was a start of a happy, care-free day.