And just like “that” winter is upon us. After an unseasonably warm – like close to 80 degree warm December…winter arrived this morning in all her stark frigid glory!
Tennessee is weird. One minute I’m sitting outside on the patio at Bar Taco in 12 South eating lunch with my daughter and poof…the a few days later, it’s in the 20’s with thick cloud cover. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced.
Don’t get me wrong…I love seasons…but in all honesty…my favorites are fall and spring. Give me some buds on my hydrangeas and a Bradford Pear tree in bloom…and my heart’s a singin’! Seems like these two seasons don’t stick around very long. I’d like to have a chat with God about that.
Back to winter…because apparently, it’s going to be here for awhile. This year…I’m embracing it and I have a plan to avoid those winter blues that creep up in such a nasty way. It’s not that we have a lot of snow – I wish we did…but we have a lot of gray, damp days…the kind you see in bad fairy tales. And the dampness makes it feel colder than it is.
I get why Florida is a big draw in winter! A little sunshine always helps and no one loves a sunset over the beach more than me, but here we go with the plan.
I’m accepting the fact that we have winter, and under no circumstances am I speaking about how I dread winter or how awful winter is. Instead I’m seeing winter’s changes as magnificent. The sky and colors are constantly changing. When I venture outside, and take a deep breath, my lungs fill with the cold and the freshest air…(very different than the summer humidity). I love seeing the icicles on the rock formations when I take a drive.
There’s a lot about winter that is truly beautiful in all its starkness.
Winter is part of the glorious cycle of nature and without it, the abundance of floral beauty in the spring wouldn’t be possible. My peonies wouldn’t bloom…irises would be dormant. This year I’m thinking about how winter leads to the magic of new life in the spring. I’m determined to accept and find the beauty in winter this year.
I think we have this whole spring cleaning thing messed up. Who wants to be inside cleaning when spring arrives? Join me in switching it up and do major cleaning and organizing in the winter months when you don’t want to be outside.
An added bonus is that most organizational products are on sale in January. Winter, I think, is the time to purge.
When weather permits, Sassy and I are going for walks in new places. In case you want to know…her favorite place is Carnton Plantation…wide open spaces for her to run.
Keep the fire burning. Adding the glow of the fire to your room gives the feeling of coziness. It’s a good emotional investment.
I’m planning my spring vegetable garden. My heirloom seed catalog arrived the other day and I’m hunkering down each night and figuring out what I want to plant. Last year, I had quite the tomato haul, but I might get more adventurous this year.
I’m committed to pampering myself by taking more baths. (Actually I never take baths, but I’m going to start.) I’m going to burn candles and play beautiful music and spend time in quiet meditation taking care of me.
And speaking of candles, I’m burning more candles than usual, because I love them, and in the winter when the house is closed up, the fragrance of lovely candles permeates my home and they make me feel warm.
And finally…I’m taking mega doses of Vitamin D…the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D helps with our mood and increases our immune system. What’s not to love about Vitamin D? I take about 3,000 – 4,000 i.u.’s a day. It really does help your mood.
There you go…my plan to Beat the Winter Blues. I’ll let you know how it goes.
What are some ways that you beat the Winter Blues? Leave me a comment below.
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