As soon as the holidays end many people start talking about the winter doldrums. I say doldrums schmoldrums. I love winter. There are so many things to appreciate, enjoy and which inspire this time of year. Sure, some can be enjoyed year round, but there is something special, simple, and particularly fulfilling about them when it is bitterly cold outside. Here are a few things that caught my eye today that made me think...I love January.
trays of sprouts, piles of books, crunchy snow underfoot,
sunshine streaming in the windows, the smell of the cold clean air as it blasts into the house when the door opens,
wheatgrass, hot tea, birds, how the previously chilly house feels steamy when we come in from outside,
seed catalogs, garden planning,
knitting and crocheting, music,
baking and cooking from our winter stores...home.
As the cold settles in and the holidays are over and days become more peaceful, these things make the winter a comfortable warm place to be.
In fact, my list goes on and on (and on). ;) I think I'll be doing more of this throughout the 'winter doldrums'.
"Hear! hear!" screamed the jay from a neighboring tree, where I had heard a tittering for some time, "winter has a concentrated and nutty kernel, if you know where to look for it."
~Henry David Thoreau
What inspires you in January?