So it’s official. I think I’m suffering from the winter blues. I am usually very good with winters, liking them even. But this year, I don’t know if it’s the really cold weather, my daughter’s refusal to walk when we go outside (yes, she will only go anywhere if we bring along her sleigh and pull her around… ah! to be 3!!!), the fact that my son is only 7 mo and screams bloody murder every time we try to put him in his snow gear or the isolation since I’m home without a car all the time, but I’m just done and have been feeling the weight of a mild seasonal depression.
I think a bigger part of it is the amount of snow and the low seasonal temperatures. I’m not insane, I understand we are in Quebec City, kingdom of snow, and that I wouldn’t be walking around in sneakers and a light sweater at this time of year, but the average temps for today should be around 0’C (32’F) and right now, it is -24’C (-13’F) with wind chill factor. Plus, too much time staring at my snowy desert of a backyard is making me miss our green, lushy haven.
What our backyard looks like in late spring/early summer.
What the view out of my window is today.
How do I remedy this? A bit of meditation this morning :
Living in the future is suffering. It has not happened yet. We are thought this constantly. As much as living in the past is futile, planning for the future has to be a flexible and living thing that moves, grows and shapes itself to the reality that may be, knowing very well that what is expected could not happen. We could have a cold summer like last year, we could have a drought… we could have so much rain that the ground is flooded… but no matter what, we can choose for the present to be perfect now.
That being said, today, I’m grateful for :
- A little man who seems to be feeling a bit better this morning, playing and happy to be up and awake with mommy.
Having fun with his tug box
- For time to sew and to practice my new-found love of paper piecing, thus adding a bit of color to my winter blues. (pattern here – allowing myself a bit of fun with the colors)
- For good friends, also on maternity leave and as anxious to get out of their homes as me, coming over for a surprise visit.
- For good, fragrant, warm tea… lifting my spirits and always making me feel warm inside, no matter how cold it is outside. (In my cup this morning, organic blood orange pu’erh.)
Stay warm everyone! Stay smiling… To all my snowed in friends : Spring will come, I promise!
HOW ARE YOU COUNTING DOWN TO SPRING? FOR THOSE HEADING INTO WINTER, HOW ARE YOU PREPARING?