Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chase Away Those Winter Blues

I have seen a lot of snow and ice pictures out there in blog land; crafters and bloggers have been house bound due to the frigid weather, add kids home from school, house bound too, and you've got a formula for going stir crazy. So,
I'm wondering if anyone has the winter blues. As I stated in a previous post, I love winter and most things about it. But when it's colder than the North Pole, even I start to feel the blues. How does one chase away those winter blues? Here are a few of my ideas. Please feel free to share with us some of your ideas too.

Lucy at The Farmer's Attic posted a recipe for some homemade hot chocolate. And the picture she posted with it made me want to rush into the kitchen and strike up the ol burner stove. She even included a recipe for the whipped cream topping for that cup of hot cocoa. How deliciously warm. Can't have the blues while drinking hot cocoa.

If you are a gardener, pulling out the seed catalogs and planning your spring garden will give a spring time pick me up while it is still the dead of winter. The vine-ripened tomatoes you buy in the store, just the smell of that vine takes me back to summer time. It makes me think of June bugs and fire flies; of warm summer nights on the porch. The sight of yellow squash makes me think of collecting squash in the summer, the scratch of the leaves on my arms as I reach around them to clip off the squash. Seeing black berries in the catalogs brings back memories of canning jams with a good friend. It also reminds me of all the hard work that the end of summer brings. Who can have the winter blues while looking at beautiful vine-ripened veggies or beautiful, vibrant summer flowers?

Another great way to ease those winter doldrums, organize last summer’s vacation photos, put them in albums and enjoy the memories of those times again with your family. Remembering times with the family at the beach, or hiking in the mountains, or the fun times you had at an amusement park will drive those blues away. Photos can bring back memories in vivid color. Begin to make plans for this summer’s vacation. Maybe you already know where you are going so make a list of the things you want to see and do. My husband and I have been talking about a New England vacation for the past 4 or 5 years. We would love to drive up the coast and stop at every light house we can find, eat lots of sea food, see how many beaches we can walk on (we love walking and hiking), take in all the tourist traps, I mean sights and just enjoy a true holiday from every day life. We would probably do it if we would sit down and plan it.

Winter time seems slower than the summer months, not only in length of days but in busyness. Take this time to enjoy reading the books you've wanted to read. Buy those magazines and enjoy reading them before all the summer time craziness begins. I use to read a book in a day now it takes me more than a week. I love reading but with all the busyness in my life I don’t seem to find the time to read except for a few minutes before I go to bed. A good book can take you to places you only dream of. Maybe it will be a book about some tropical island, where the water is warm and the sand is hot. I’m warming up all ready. How about you?

In the summer we enjoy making a bonfire for the family. We roast hot dogs, and make smores after the fire has died down. If you have a fire place why not roast some marshmallows and make some smores, we do. Smores always brings back summer time fun in our house. We have been known to roast a marshmallow over the kitchen stove flame. It's great fun for kids and adults alike. Biting into a smore and remembering summer night fun times will leave those winter blues out in the cold.

These are just a few ideas, I am sure you can come up with more as you remember spring and summer and the fun things you enjoy in those seasons. The main thing is to get out of the rut that winter brings, mix it up a little, do something different but also take some time to enjoy winter time fun. Before we know it, we will be in the long, endless, HOT days of summer and longing for cooler weather.

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Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

I would love to go some place where the
water is aqua blue! You can also go to
Michigan to check out lighthouses, I
think there are over 100 around the state!
I would like to check them out when I go
back again and walk on the beach of Lake
Michigan, or one of the other great lakes.
Have a great week!

Bear Hugs~Karen

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

Those are some great ideas for beating the winter blues! Thanks for sharing!

Willow said...

Ohhh Willa boy would I like to be in that pic with the palm tree !!! Lounging the day away with a good book and a walk along the beach ahhhhhh. Opppssss I was daydreamin' there for a sec lol. Thanks for the post =0) Makes me long for the Garden. Mmmmmm nothing like your own homegrown tomatos and beans and cucumbers....mmmmmmmm.....mmmmmmm And thanks for the reminder about your giveaway not sure if I signed up ? And gonna go post it on my blog now.
Prim Huggs n Blessins
Ohhhhh and thanks for chasin' my blues away for a bit ;0)

OldeAnniePrimitives said...

All great ideas! I actually love the wintertime! Even since moving to the rainy Pacific Northwest! At least we haven't had to deal with the frigid temps the way the rest of the country has had to!

Hum....think I'll go fix me a cup of hot chocolate! :) ~~Annie

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

I just posted a few minutes ago on my blog about the blues! How coincidental! I love your ideas kiddo!
Hugs, Karen

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