It is barely into January, just past Christmas, and already I am longing for spring and green things and eating fresh from the garden.
Like much of North America, we had a very cold, snowy December. Much colder and snowier than the previous couple of winters. And ice. The big ice storm that crippled Toronto and other places. Today, a flash freeze warning because after the chinook-like above 0*C temperatures and high winds last night, we are headed back into a deep freeze tonight. The kids didn’t have to go to school, but I had to go to work. It was hard to get going in the dark morning.
At work, the roof is leaking and plaster is falling off the ceiling. Lots of excitement. Which I came home to as well. Water leaking in the kitchen because the ice dammed up under the shingles on our 100-year-old-plus saltbox addition. Thankfully, at work, there were a lot of capable volunteers around to work on a solution. And thankfully, at home, my husband is not afraid of hard work, and scooped off sheets of hard-packed snowice.
So what to do to chase the winter blues?
I tend to work on a lot of creative projects, full of colour.
I sew frilly aprons.
I make cards.
I crochet. (See another post- Crocheting Dutch Doilies).
I also paint and renovate.
(You really don’t want to see photos of that— you know the saying– sometimes things get worse before they get better…)
My teenagers are really into real fruit smoothies, and that’s all they want for breakfast lately, so I oblige. No mother ever said no to healthy eating (at least, I hope not!). Lots of colour & nutrients there. A great little pick-me-up during porridge season.
I also pore (pour, poor ?) over seed catalogues, carefully selecting this summer’s crops. (My favourite company is Vesey’s in Prince Edward Island). I love the colour of food I can grow in my own backyard!
And doing all this can help me forget a little the stress of winter, and maybe even make me look forward to winter come next fall. (Maybe).
What do you do to combat the winter blues?