2011-02-11

Glum Gloomy & Grim

This post comes with a warning:  NO JOY TO BE FOUND HERE!

It's true...I'm feeling about as joyful as a wet newspaper in a snowdrift.  I can't help it - I've tried but I can't muster up even a modicum of merriment.  Unable to write in my usual jolly manner, I sought help from my fellow bloggers, hoping to be cheered up by their wit and humour.  First, I paid a visit to the blog 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (And Staying There) where Galen, the mother of an autistic child, wrote an amazingly insightful article about acceptance.  It is a beautiful story full of wisdom but it did little to improve my mood - I'm still feeling glum.  Next, I tried the blog The View From This End where the writer shared a poignant story of a cruelty she suffered as a young child in an orphanage - a beautiful and touching piece of writing, but one that left me feeling glum AND grim.  So I went for a visit to Facing 50 With Humour where the writer Carol bravely shared a truly heart-wrenching story about the death of her father that had me literally crying onto my keyboard, I felt her grief so keenly.

Please don't misunderstand me, I do not blame these fine writers in any way for my miserable mood.  In fact, I highly recommend you visit their blogs for yourself (although I suspect they may also be suffering from what ails me).  No, I don't blame the bloggers.  I blame winter.  I blame a very long, very snowy, very COLD winter.  I am sick with cabin fever, ill from idleness and grumpy from a lack of vitamin D.  I have been marinating in languidness, steeping in lethargy, and infused with listlessness until I am intoxicated with inertia!  I need to get out!  I need fresh air and exercise! 

You have to understand, I'm Canadian - I can take the cold...usually.  But this has been a winter of unseasonal cold temperatures, day after day, week after week; a winter of wickedly cold winds that draws tears from my eyes to freeze on my lashes, sticks my nostril hairs together and hurts my lungs to inhale.  It's not that I need warm Caribbean breezes and summer sunshine - I'd settle for a crisp blue sky and sparkling snow, just not so cold that exposed skin freezes after mere minutes.

But I will survive.  My weatherman tells me I can expect above freezing temperatures by the weekend.  That's warm enough to melt away some snow and start the sap running in the maple trees!  Spring WILL come!  And even though this post has been sorely lacking in joy, I have not forgotten my promise of a treat in every blog... so for those of you who have been suffering as I have and need a small glimmer of hope to hang onto, here's a reminder of the Spring thaw that's just (hopefully) a few days away. 









 
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14 comments:

  1. Perhaps a new follower will cheer you up a bit and serve as a hint of spring. Here's to hot chocolate, fireplaces and good books to get us through the winter!

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  2. Absolutely love your photos. Yes, have to agree, it's been a long winter over here, too. Looking forward to a warm spring. Or as luke warm as it gets in the far north of England!

    Take care and have a great weekend. Oh, and thanks for the links to your 3 blog friends - I'm popping over now.

    CJ xx

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  3. I love the pictures of the crocus in the snow. Spring will soon be here. I am tired of the winter, too. New follower.

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  4. Eh, I hate winter too. I get grumpy and complain a lot. I need sunshine. It really does make me happier.

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  5. Oh dear I am so sorry I made you cry. It's most unlike me to post anything serious. Don't worry I'll post something heartening and cheery next time. I promise.
    Hubby suffers from 'SAD' at Winter - actually he suffers from it all year round. When I read your title today I thought you were going to write about him - he's certainly grumpy, grim and gloomy:)
    Your photographs as others have said are beautiful and I hope you are soon feeling more spring like and cheerful.
    Cyber hugs
    Carol

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  6. Howdy! I found your site on the blog hop and I am your "newest" follower!!! When you get a moment, please stop on by and see my blog!!

    Missy
    Http://missyschraz.blogspot.com

    I hope you feel better soon. I've been in the dumps, too. My next to latest post is called "Bummer Day."

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  7. I'm back having just read your message on facebook :) I just wanted to add that I really appreciate you mentioning my blog here in such glowing terms too...you are lovely. Hope the sun comes out soon. Hubby is now snoring in bed and I have some 'me' time to read blogs.
    XOXO

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  8. What a nice surprise to find the link to my blog in your post, along with the nice words. I'm so sorry you are in a funk. Sometimes a blog just can't help that. Words are not enough.

    I use a full spectrum light box every morning when I get up. It tells my brain that the sun is shining. I turn it on when I get up and leave it on as I meditate, stretch, and get dressed. I think it helps me get through the gray rainy days of winter in Oregon.

    Aren't those crocuses amazing? I saw some daffodils blooming in a nearby yard--blooming since January! Those are welcome reminders that winger won't last forever.

    Maybe some wine? Chocolate? Both??

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  9. Howdy! I found your site on the blog hop and I am your "newest" follower!!! When you get a moment, please stop on by and see my blog!!

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  10. I can completely feel where you are coming from, I have felt much the same lately with all the cold! New follower here, stop by my blog http://sew-chic-designs.blogspot.com/ when you can :)

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  11. Beautiful photos. Sorry, but I don't feel your pain. In Texas we celebrate cold seasons when we get it. We HAVE got it this winter. Not enough, though. My son and I drove out into the country to take pictures of the snow and most of it had melted by the time we got there.
    I'm soaking up all this coldness while I can because then it's going to be stinkin' hot for the next nine months.

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  12. I can completely feel where you are coming from, I have felt much the same lately with all the cold! New follower here, stop by my blog http://sew-chic-designs.blogspot.com/ when you can :)

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  13. What a nice surprise to find the link to my blog in your post, along with the nice words. I'm so sorry you are in a funk. Sometimes a blog just can't help that. Words are not enough.

    I use a full spectrum light box every morning when I get up. It tells my brain that the sun is shining. I turn it on when I get up and leave it on as I meditate, stretch, and get dressed. I think it helps me get through the gray rainy days of winter in Oregon.

    Aren't those crocuses amazing? I saw some daffodils blooming in a nearby yard--blooming since January! Those are welcome reminders that winger won't last forever.

    Maybe some wine? Chocolate? Both??

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  14. Howdy! I found your site on the blog hop and I am your "newest" follower!!! When you get a moment, please stop on by and see my blog!!

    Missy
    Http://missyschraz.blogspot.com

    I hope you feel better soon. I've been in the dumps, too. My next to latest post is called "Bummer Day."

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