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The weather outside is frightful…

Alternative title: It’s as cold as a witch’s tit here in Lancashire…This means one thing…Ladies, it’s time to grow out the leg hair!


“You can’t just stop shaving!” my friend said, horrified.

“You say that as though I’ll turn into Cousin Itt overnight”.

“Ruebi, you have to shave…”

“Says who? Besides, I promise to trim everything when it gets to the point that I can plait my pubic and leg hair together”.


“It’ll save me a fortune on razors and thermal undercrackers”.

It’s cold outside, which is to be expected as it’s early December…What isn’t expected is going to scrape the ice off the car to find that some clever dick has doodled a massive dong on the frosted windscreen. I swear that I was observing the road through a pair of testicles for the remainder of the day. Still, it’s a vast improvement on the time some drunk saw fit to vomit their intake of alcohol and takeaway down the drivers side…The less said about that the better I can assure you.

I’m also realising that by wearing shoes with a heel that I am in effect signing my own death warrant given that I nearly fell ass over tit in the works car park, I’ll bet the Grim Reaper got a right laugh watching me flailing around like a right twonk, tampons falling out of the pockets of my handbag…closely followed by a banana. I’ve since decided to swap those heels for some nice flat shoes, granted the flat shoes are a funny shade of yellow and have little spikes on them, but I’m less likely to fall flat on my face and break my nose. Famous last words?

But I think what bothers me the most about Winter, is the fact I spend the majority of the day with toes so cold they may have fallen off and I wouldn’t even know it. Just rattling around in my socks. You see, a symptom of  Hypothyroidism is cold intolerance.  I may look odd traipsing into work dressed as though I’m heading out on some Arctic expedition, but I don’t really care…regardless of other people telling me that it’s a ‘mild’ Winter, my body is telling me that we’re freezing and likely to be found curled up in a ball under the desk hallucinating about polar bears stealing my socks. I’m not sure why they would take my socks and I certainly don’t want to ask.

I know the temperatures are going to continue to drop for a while longer, I will wake more in the night because I’m cold despite two duvets, when I do sleep I will probably dream of thermal underpants, in the morning I will lose the feeling in my fingers moments after leaving the house to scrape the frosty car…It will take hours for the tingling to subside. The weather people say we are expecting snow at the weekend (I always take what they say with a pinch of salt though, if they say it’s going to be a heatwave you can guarantee that we’ll get rain – we always get rain), part of me hopes the snow (actual crunchy snow) arrives and provides a beautiful blanket over the ground…Part of me hopes it doesn’t, just so I don’t need to panic about finding waterproof shoes (especially as the only waterproof shoes I own are a pair of animal print wellies, wouldn’t look so professional at work in those bad boys would I?).


cousin itt

My Winter look, freaking stylish as shit…It’s impossible to know where the eyebrows end and the pit hair begins!…(Source)


Do any of you have snow yet?

Oh, I’m away on holiday next week…there will be pics on Instagram of my travels and hopefully scheduled posts for the usual update days.

R x


Deck the halls


While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night


  1. Hypothyroidism has definitely put a damper on my winters. I’ve been wearing four layers of clothing to the office for weeks now, when back in the day I used to be able to run around in the snow in a t-shirt without feeling the cold at all.

    On the bright side, my husband couldn’t care less if I grow my leg hair out to Wookiee proportions. I’m hoping it gets long enough to tie festive bows in by Christmas.

    • Ruebi

      It wasn’t something I noticed initially as my main symptom was fatigue (I was napping so much I probably put Sleeping Beauty to shame!), but over the last two years I’ve picked up on the fact that I don’t handle the cold well when once of a time (like you) I could be in the snow for hours without being bothered by it!

      My Other Half doesn’t like the idea of me growing out my leg hair…but he may buy me some ultra thick thermals if I carry on ignoring the shaver! 😀

  2. Hahaha this is hilarious! I moved from California to Copenhagen and I am so cold when it gets down below freezing, I’m just not equipped for it!! I don’t think the leg hair would provide enough warmth to be worth it though haha, it gets so itchy!


    • Ruebi

      Oh wow, California to Copenhagen, that sounds like such a fabulous adventure! What’s the weather like in Copenhagen at the moment? …Just realised that is such a typically British thing to say.

  3. Hi Ruebi, I’ve been growing out body hair for very much the same reasons as you; it helps to keep me warm! I live in Greece and am still a cold arse, how I survived winters in the UK as a child I will never know. Luckily though we may get frost, but rarely ice and I can live in heavy, warm and practical boots, so never have a moment in the car park!


    • Ruebi

      Hi Debbie!

      If it wasn’t for the work dress code I would probably wear hiking boots all the time…I’m a nightmare in heels without ice on the pavements! As I type this we have a delightful mix of hail and rain…which will probably freeze overnight and I’ll end up a blubbing mess tomorrow when I break my ankle while venturing out for a pint of milk.

      You’d think being a Northern lass I’d be used to the miserable weather by now.

  4. So No Shave November extends to December? Growing up in Arizona has made my adapting to cold weather in the Northeast somewhat of an adventure. We should be allowed some slack during frigid temps.

    • Ruebi

      Prepping for Fanuary (that’s actually a thing!)…I am finding it a struggle this year adapting to the cold temperatures, it was quite mild throughout November but as soon as December hit (literally overnight), the frost arrived! I think we should all be allowed duvet days for when it is too chilly to make the trek into work.

  5. I hate the cold! I’ve just been in the shower and skipped shaving my legs….The bathroom is the coldest room in the house….lol

    • Ruebi

      Ah cold bathrooms! D: DISLIKE!

      It raises the debate of what is worse – a cold toilet seat or a warm one?! Argh!

  6. Hi from Weekend Blog Hop!

    I only like the cold when:
    1) it’s snowing
    2) I don’t have to go anywhere

    I admire the ladies who don’t shave during the winter! I can’t stand the way it feels so I continue to shave every day 🙂

    • Ruebi

      Hello fellow Weekend Blog Hop Blogger! 🙂

      I completely agree about the cold…When it’s snowing outside and I get to watch it from the warmth of home while drinking hot chocolate is just fabulous! I wish we did get actual snow here rather than the slushy rubbish…hopefully this year!

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