Surviving a Maine winter can be a long grind. After the holidays, things here slow down in more ways than one. After all the hustle and bustle, you're pretty much in it for the long haul, the 'trip' through January, February and all of March. And don't believe all that stuff you hear about March going out like a lamb either. In this glorious state, early April can be a winter month. One year, as we were readying to vacate the state for the warm climes of Florida, we got 12 inches of the 'beautiful' white stuff. My cures, for the seemingly endless winter season, are many. Stop me when you've heard enough. Projects! Get yourself a few and get busy. I have a creative, big one at work that can make early April come relatively fast. Gym! I hear lots of people go to this place. Sports! Watching the brackets in NCAA basketball unfold is always fun. Writing! I have plans for this. Cooking! Not every weekend mind you but if I get on a binge... Lookout! I made a killer corn chowder this past week. Weekend rides! Elenka and I often take 'creative rides' on weekends to the vast wilds of the state. She, looking for interesting locals and objects to paint and me, attempting to give the ol' Nikon a workout. Classes! I'm always looking for something to get the creative juices flowing. Start a Blog! Nuff said. Ok, I'm gonna stop, because most of you have stopped reading. Well, except for the overly polite among us. Oh, one last remedy... spend some time standing, like these horses, in the warm January sun. It can clear the blues for a few minutes. I'm taking baby steps here!
That's so pretty with the snow! Hope your weekend is off to a good start.ReplyDelete
'Warm' January sun??? Where do you live?ReplyDelete
It can be a manic time of year!! I'll try to stand still today, pretend I'm a horse. Remember the year it snowed in May? PS I'm wondering which "wilds of Maine" you visit! Did I ask you if you & Elenka have seen Elizabeth Peavey & Marguerite Robichaux's new book Glorious Slow Going about their excursions to "the wilds of Maine"?ReplyDelete
Nice to know you consider me overly polite! At least you have blue skies. Living on Lake Michigan, the winters were drab and overcast -- quit depressing. And now we know what inspired your blog.ReplyDelete
there is a great deal to be said for standing in the january sun.ReplyDelete
No sun here now, it is raining, but I'll try to stand another day, with pleasure!ReplyDelete
glad i'm overly polite, too. :)ReplyDelete
hang in there! only a few more months of winter for you.
A bright sky after some snowy days is a great gift!ReplyDelete
God bless you!
ALL of those projects sound appealing. Go for it!! PS. I have been out of town, Up North, for a week near the Canadian border without internet or cell phone capability. Very peaceful and serene and I loved it; gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. But I have not been able to visit any of my blogger friends. It'll take awhile to read all of my email messages and to visit your posts to see what I've missed, but it's good to be back!ReplyDelete
Sounds like you have it figured out. Now, I think I'll give my new Nikon a workout.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you have something to do in the cold north in the midwinter. Which reminds me, it's been so warm here the darn grass is growing again. I'd better cut it tomorrow. :-)ReplyDelete
it's been one of those warm January days here today when everyone has their coats unbuttoned and you feel like it could be spring but deep down you know it isn't !ReplyDelete
I politely kept reading and am glad I did. Today, despite the whipping wind and below zero windchill, the sun actually warmed my body on my long run! Now I am enjoying what is left of the late afternoon light.ReplyDelete
Before I retired, January and February were so busy at work I never had time to muse on what was going on with the weather. You're closing out the previous year and kicking off the new year and doing everything that got postponed in December when there was more interest in partying than working.ReplyDelete
I've heard from more than one person who lives in the northland that you have to have a plan for the winter. Some of them drink all winter. Your plans are definitely better than that.ReplyDelete
WInter? For us retired guys there's no reason to hang around for all the snow and ice. It was 74 today here in south Texas. The horses don't seem to mind the cold.ReplyDelete
Nothing to brag about in SoCal. We're 25 degrees tonight and at least you in Maine have houses with something called "insulation."ReplyDelete
Plans for this and that sound perfect. You'll find yourself in spring before you even know it!ReplyDelete
On my side of the world, winter means mimosas, carnaval, quiet shores and peaceful streets before tourists arrive in april. We enjoy it. Anyway, your beautiful picture makes me dream! :o)ReplyDelete