I think I am suffering from fairy light withdrawal.
I like winter up until December 31st. I love the slow build up to Christmas - the dark afternoons don't bother me when you can rush home to a cosy home lit by fairy lights and candles, and everywhere is twinkling with Christmas lights. But as soon as the Christmas and New Year festivities have come to an end it all gets a bit bleak. January is a tiresome month; waistlines are feeling large and bank balances small in this house, and I'm sure that we're not alone in this. I am always impatient for spring to come at this time of year. The mildest day has me outside, sniffing the air, declaring to John that spring is on its way. He rolls his eyes, especially when I do this on New Years Day. I perk up a bit in February because it's my the month of my birthday and the half term holidays. Then March comes and it's still cold.
But this is not good, really, is it? I should be living in the moment not wishing these months away. I've been thinking about how I can perk up this dreary month and one easy way is with colour. Early spring plants and flowers are sneaking into the living room, a grey room that needs lots of colour on the sunniest day. I have a new velvet cushion in the most gorgeous shade of raspberry pink. It was a stealth purchase, that is, one made without John's knowledge or approval and just introduced quietly into the house without a murmur. When he spots it, I'll say it's been there for months and comment on how unobservant he is. I can make sure we get out and about lots, enjoy the winter landscapes and make the most of any sunny days. Or the snowy ones - apparently we may get some snow this weekend! We can enjoy stews and dumplings, roasts dinners and puddings. Those long evenings are perfect for crocheting a blanket to keep the knees warm. And I've left these fairy lights up.
What about you, how do you get through the remainder of winter? What keeps you happy till spring comes?