Tuesday, March 8, 2011

the winter of my discontent

Sorry to have been such a lazy blogger these past few weeks.

Well, not so much lazy, lately I feel I have not much sunny to share.   I want my blog to be a place where you can come for a smile, or a pretty picture, or a good recipe.  A place that will make you feel good, or laugh, or put a smile on your face.

But the last few months haven't felt very smiley, and my glass has seemed half empty. 
In the last few days I have tried to pull myself up by my bootstraps, clear the cobwebs (quite literally, the spiders have been busy in my house this winter), and I am hoping that on the next sunny day I can be cheerful again.  And find myself, the person I have lost.

I've tried lights, aromatherapy, beautiful music, mind-numbing movies, atmospheric books, and looking at sandals.  Being with friends provides a reprieve from the grayness.  And snuggling with Sir Claude is never a bad thing.

Thinking changing my environment would help, last weekend I took down the heavy curtains in the living room, and replaced them with pretty blue drapes.  I rolled up the rug and put down one with a soft pile that will feel good on my toes ( if they ever come out of wool slippers). 

I cleared off every wood surface and polished them with lemon oil, now the tables and mantel hold bouquets of bright flowers in cream pitchers, sweet birds,

and even a rabbit come to visit early.  I went to Home Depot and bought 10 pots of English Primroses in bright pots and placed them everywhere.

I pulled out my garden books, and have been doing a little green dreaming.  I spent a good bit of time with "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" this weekend, marveling over her beautiful drawings, and drawing inspiration from her diary entries.  I am headed in the right direction.

Classical music plays quietly in the background, when I have the house to myself and am busy going about my tasks.

I even took it so far as to clean out my kitchen cupboards, and throw out every expired item.  I emptied the refrigerator, and the shelves sparkle.  Perhaps I was thinking by cleaning out my house, I could clear the cobwebs from my mind as well.
Snow is still in cement-like piles everywhere, with more in the forecast, but I do not want to be pulled under again.  There are tulips in the grocery stores, and spring magazines have recipes with asparagus, and I have cleaned up my Liberty rainboots in anticipation of splashing in puddles soon.  Trader Joes had gerber daisies, and they are such a happy flower.

And even when it is still gray and gloomy outside, I can just pull up my blog and be reminded of a sunny day.


  1. Your blog makes us smile no matter what you have to share, dear sister. Soon there will be freshly painted toes and new sandals and grass under our feet. And many glasses of wine to share with the mosquitos...

  2. I am so sorry to hear that. Sounds like you're doing all the right things. The end of winter is blahh. I sure do love the photos you've shared. And, now I'm wishing my house was as clean as yours. Love you.


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