Turning the corner

Today it is dull, dark, damp and cold…….. despite winter’s dismal try to make us feel that we are going further and further into the wintry mire, I can sense that we are turning the corner towards the hope of spring. If the pre-Christmas season was one of frantic shopping, this post traumatic season is all about starting to try and get things back to a semblance of normality.  Lots of things aren’t working – three bits of repair needed on the campervan alone. This has necessitated multiple phone calls, (a salesman left and didn’t leave a proper message about ordering parts.) But the magic of digital photos and email meant that the bits can hopefully be ordered up without a 225 mile round trip twice.

The shower has needed unblocked, the floors cleared of the last of the Christmas tinsel lingering in corners and even the spare room is dusted off and ready for the next visitors. In actual fact I am trying to write myself into a coping mood, for next week begins the rounds of hairdresser, dentist and vet (Misty’s routine vaccination – I’ve been wondering whether she might need counselling sessions for my choice of her new coat – see the comments.) I’m using the technique of splatting thoughts onto the page, and hoping that some of it makes sense.

So – what does this afternoon bring? More paperclog unclogging? A walk in the confused countryside? I suspect it might be a gentle potter at the edges of my mind…… and wherever that takes me. How about you? How do you deal with jaded January?

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8 Responses to Turning the corner

  1. Dianne says:

    I deal with it in many of the ways you are dealing with it. The papers tell us this has been a mild winter, but as it did not begin until December 21, this prognosis seems a bit premature. Sunny here today after a rainy yesterday. I would love to potter around your hills. We have lots of asphalt which is not conducive to good walking.

  2. Mina says:

    Beware of a false spring! I have flowers blooming which should not be doing so for another month, and the I have others which have not stopped blooming all winter. Who ever heard of honeysuckle blooms in December/January in the central/east Scotland. I would suggest you continue to hibernate for another few weeks – I know that is what I would like to do.

  3. Anne says:

    I am coping by looking forward to my trip to New Zealand in February. It’s summer there!

  4. Lyn says:

    I’m still waiting to feel “the corner turned.” I’m a bit flat, but I’m dealing with a couple medical things right now, and that always leaves me in a funk. Perhaps is a week or two? We’ll see. sigh.

  5. freda says:

    Hibernation…. here I come!

  6. chris says:

    I’m off to Dubai on Monday – not my usual kind of holiday, but we fancied a short break in the sun – and we’re going between Sundays so that Mr B will not be missed from the organ bench!

  7. friko says:

    I really like the idea of unclogging. When would you do it if not in January? Unless you are spring-cleaning? God Forbid!

    I am also enjoying writing, Jan is a quiet-ish month round here, too early for gardening,
    social life has calmed down and energy needs recouping. What better than to gather thoughts and ‘splat’ them, as you so aptly say.

  8. Sandy says:

    Hi Freda! We’re coping with January by spending it in sunny Arizona (for the first time now that we’re both retired). Being in sunny, if not always warm, weather is a tremendous boost and there is so much to do in this community where’re we staying that’s it’s really difficult not to be active, happy and appreciative. Our winters at home are often grey and gloomy so we’re really enjoying this change in climate (on many levels). I wish everyone’s winter could be sunny (warm or cold!) Of course, the best thing is that Sheila and John are here too to show us the ropes! Sandy

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