Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Wintertime Blues

Good morning!

Well, the major holiday season has ended. Doesn’t it seem strange that decorations start going up in shopping areas around Halloween, being added to through November, but after New Year they all end at once? It makes the world suddenly look a little drearier. And right in January and February, when we could use a some cheerfulness.

When I taught I used to dislike this time of year. Cold, icky weather, the kids coming into class sneezing and coughing, and NO BREAK until March or April!!!! Horrors!

A friend of mine in California is going on a Mexican cruise this month to interrupt the winter doldrums. Another friend is going to a favorite spot in the Caribbean. Me? I'm cheap. I just cuddle up under a warm blanket and have some hot chocolate to push away the blues of winter.

What do you do to bring a smile in the Dark Months? The neatest cure for the wintertime blues will receive a download of The Cinderella Curse, a fairy tale to inspire warmth in another way, lol.

Dee
www.deesknight.com

17 Comments:

Blogger Paige Burns said...

Living in Arizona I don't really get the Wintertime Blues, I do get summer ones though. Stuck inside in 115 degree weather with two boys can get sort of hairy! I found a relief, a pool, but we don't have one...yet!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

Paige, I remember checking into a motel in Eloy, AZ and not getting cold water from the tap until 3 AM. I don't care if it's "dry heat," it gets damn HOT there. :)

Dee

11:45 AM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

Well...we do several things to cure our winter blues.

1) We mark the house lintels and stoop with Runes and pour mead on the walkway to entice the gods to unshackle the sun early;

2) We bleed chickens in a pentagram;

3) We engage in a fine old Icelandic custom of "Sólarkaffi" wherein we toast the first ray of sunlight we see;

You should how we welcome Spring!

I want the book. Did I win?

Darragha

11:58 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

Darragha, I love the idea of toasting the first ray of sunlight--how wonderful! The bleeding chicken stuff I can leave (wink).

I've heard Iceland is very beautiful. Toasting the sunlight is a custom worthy of it, I think.

Hmmm, on the book...

Dee

12:47 PM  
Anonymous shellya said...

Never did get the wintertime blues. Probably because before we had our sons, we would make love more during the winter months. There's just something about a blanket spread out before a fire in the fireplace, some wine and music. Man those were the days. Now our winter months are kept busy with highschool basketball games.

It seems I exchanged one sport for another. Guess we will have to wait for the boys to leave home before we can go back to our blanket in front of the fireplace. lol, I can see the boys covering their eyes and screaming "I'm not seeing this" if they were to walk in on us! :)

3:04 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

OMG, Shellya, you are the woman!! That activity would most definitely keep the blahs at bay!

Dee

3:28 PM  
Blogger Tamara said...

I live in the deep south and we barely get winter here. It's now about 60 degrees outside. But on the rare occasion it does get bad , I have a huge collection of books and movies, someblankets I crochewted and a nice soft cat to pet. Add in some hot cocoa and whatever comfort food is around(personal favorite pineapple and ham pizza) and all is well.

3:39 PM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

We don't really bleed chickens. We really do the mead thing and salute the sun, however.

I've been to Iceland twice. It is magnificent!

4:04 PM  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

Dee my stores already have Valentine stuff out! EEK!!!!!!!

I live in the south too but the limited sunlight really gets to me, so at the very least (nerdy as this sounds) I make sure to at least take my vitamins every day. If I weren't so lazy I'd get up, get dressed, go out in the cold and gloom and go work out at Curves every morning but...I'm too lazy ;-)

4:05 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Tamara and Cece, maybe my problem wasn't the icky weather so much as the thougth of months before another vacation from class... not that I didn't love teaching. No, it couldn't be that.

I love a nice afghan you you crocheted yourself. One of the best things about crocheting or knitting is the warmth on your lap as you create.

Cece, we'd both be soooo good if we got up, out and excercised, but I truly think good is overrated.

Darragha, I hope you take a few sips of that mead. Good stuff!!

Dee

4:18 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Living in Texas, cold weather is not a major concern however I can under the blah conditions. The trees are all bare of leaves, the birds have long since moved on, and the smell of spring is still so far away.

I tend to make afghans (baby ones) over the winter, I have also been known to spend the day wrapped in a comfy blanket with a good book, with four sons we watch lots of football. But, my all time favorite thing.....my husbands birthday....it is in january and we try to spend one weekend just the two of us....i start planning our trip the moment the tree comes down....i'll take the comfy blanket but sorry girls i will be leaving the good book at home.

5:12 PM  
Blogger snowflake said...

I would suggest taking a luxurious lavender (or your favourite) scent hot bath or go for a facial or body massage. All of these are very therapeautic and you'll smell clean and fresh.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Sherrill Quinn said...

I'm with Paige. I live in Arizona, too, and the winter time is when it's nice. Gets relatively warm in the daytime (usually 60s-70s), and cooler at night (40s), enough so that it's snuggly under the covers time at bedtime. But in the summer when temps top 100 degrees for weeks and weeks and weeks... oy vay. Keeps me inside. It's a dry heat, but it's still like sticking your head inside an oven.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Rae Morgan said...

I live in Indiana where it has been a mild, but gray, winter so far. I also have a house in Austin Texas-- that is how we solved the Indiana winter problem. Once Tom is retired we will be spending November, December and January in the Hill Country of south central Texas where it is annoyingly sunny almost every damn day.

Hey, wait a minute I like gray days. LOL I snuggle inside and read. or have hot nookie with my hubby. Empty nesting is a wonderful life.

Rae Morgan

7:22 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Nessie has to be different *LOL* but for me, there's no such thing as the Wintertime Blues.

I live in northeast Florida, where winter is my very favorite time of year! No annoying bugs and mosquitos, no A/C (yes, sometimes we get cold and need to run the heater but not for long), and mild weather. I love it! Today for instance, we took Ginger into town and walked around the lake, enjoying the light breeze and sunshine. I think it was 70°. The low tonight will be 40°.

I wish we could keep this weather year 'round, but I'd probably get bored with it *g*.

Nessie

8:15 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Jessica, I think it's sweet that you make baby afghans--and sweeter yet that you get that special weekend alone with hubby! Obviously he doesn't mind turning that extra year with a prent like that!

Jenny, those are great ideas. My MIL took a therapeutic massage class one year and I got to be her guinea pig for practice. I was spoiled and decadent and loved it, lol.

Rae, I know you and Tom are enjoying having time to yourselves, even missing the youngster. But sounds like your retirement plans are in good shape. The hill country is so pretty.

Hey, Sherrill! I wanted to spend some time in Sedona this winter, but alas, I couldn't get dh to agree. I might work on him for next year, though.

Gosh, Nessie, maybe I should move to Florida. Wait! Been there, done that, didn't get sand in the shoes. Guess I'll have to come visit you!

Dee

9:54 PM  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

Rae I love the hill country!!! I wanna move down near SA.

Jessica--texas is just UGLY in the winter time *sigh*

Dee you're right. we'll leave good to those other girls ;-)

9:59 PM  

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