I Don’t Know About Anyone Else, But…

I know that I have no right what so ever to complain.  When I think back to the winter we experienced in 2011, I should be jumping for joy.

In a way I was jumping for joy then.  I had just stopped working.  I had stopped having to commute 25 miles in each direction on highways which were constantly under construction, both directions…always, always under construction.

That was the year that Mother Nature decided to grace us with no less than 5 snow storms each of which deposited about 10-12 inches of snow on us.  I was fortunate that I didn’t have to drive those long miles through terrible road conditions with usually impaired vision from frosted up windshield wipers.  I was safe from any number of possible calamities that might have befallen me on those roads.

These last few weeks have been so much warmer than we could possibly expect for January.  In fact it’s colder near our home in New Mexico than it is here in New Jersey.

But it is also so incredibly dreary most days.  The dreary is really getting me down.  I should be motivated to do a lot of things, but I’m sluggish and unmotivated.  I want to sit and read.  In my opinion, sitting and reading is a worthwhile endeavor, but I have other things to do as well.

I’m trying to refocus.  I’m trying to be productive.  Maybe today will be the day.

Isn’t it amazing how weather can have such a positive or negative effect on our day-to-day lives.  I have no words of wisdom to impart here.  Just musing and trying to get myself out of this funk.

I think I’ll write a list.  Things I need to do, then try to follow it.  Quite a concept.  Actually, I think the better idea is to write down what I do accomplish rather than what I want to do.  I think for so many of us, we go through the day accomplishing a great many things for which we don’t give ourselves credit.  I shouldn’t be writing a To Do List.  I should be writing a What I Did list.

Give myself credit for what I DO accomplish rather than fretting over what I DON’T accomplish.  I think I like that idea.

Now let’s see what I can DO!!

Happy Tuesday!!  See what you can Do!!

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20 responses to “I Don’t Know About Anyone Else, But…

  1. When I was in Napa to handle my Mom’s funeral, I was surprised at how much colder in California than in Philly

  2. i like your idea of a “what i did” list, fran – and maybe throw in a couple of “good things that happened to me today” for good measure?!
    i am with you on weather impacting me. one word: NOVEMBER!!! SO SO happy that the days are getting longer. AND we have SUNSHINE at this exact moment, AND the weekend was warm-ish!
    i hope you have a truly great day. and i am happy for you that the terrible commuting days are BYGONES!

    • Thanks, Cathy! In a way, I think it has a more positive attitude behind that and we can all use more of that! The only thing I miss about the commute is audio books. Now that I have my Nook, I can listen to them on there. Happy you have sunshine! Send it our way, Kiddo! Have a great day!

  3. I have a case of the drearies over here too. I got half-way through painting all the doors in my house, then the gray hit…and I switched to curling up with hot tea and a book all day instead. Back to the ol’ to-do list, we can do it and get things done!

    • I think thie old saying misery loves company might apply here. But I think sometimes my drearies seem to me like they’re just me so knowing you’re experiencing it too, Allie make me feel less alone and less that it’s just me. The tea and a book sound good. We’ve gotta to-do to get to to-done…

  4. I always include something I have already done that day on my to do list just so that I can cross it off!

  5. I so hear you Fran! The temps HAVE been mild but the sun is NOWHERE. Still, I don’t want the 2011 snowfall. It’s gonna be COLD all next week so look out!

  6. I want to make a What I Did list too! We get SO caught up in go-go-going that it’s importan tto look back at everything we’ve conquered!

  7. That’s a great idea! I’m feeling the same at the moment; I just hate everything about winter because I can’t handle the cold and the dark is so depressing 😦
    On the bright side, only just over six weeks till March!

    • Ok…all over the world…we’re going to start a trend. I worry sometimes that it’s real depression, then I just think about it and realize it’s the weather and the winter. We’ll get through this! I can wait six weeks!! Have a great week, Eleanor!

  8. I think pretty much everybody who experiences real winters get the winter blues. Lots of times, the source of our funk is a vitamin D deficiency because we don’t get nearly the same amount of sunshine in the winter months. I started taking a supplement (with my doctors ok) a few months ago to combat it. Hope you are feeling less funky (in a bad way) and more funky (in a good way) today.

    • You’re too cute, Meghan. I get Vitamin D with the calcium I take, but started a extra supplement as well. I’m generally feeling good and now I wonder if because I’m giving it to Ralph as well, he’s been less cranky. I’ve been giving the credit to him quitting smoking. Interesting.

      • Good for Ralph!! I was a former smoker and I know first hand how difficult it is to quit. Tell him to Stay Strong and it will be worth it. I promise. I also have a ton of paperwork on the topic if he’s interested.
        Also, throw some omega 3’s into your food because they fight the winter blues too. Lots of walnuts and flax (which is great in smoothies).

      • You are a wealth of good ideas, Meghan! I’m very proud of Ralph for doing this. I’ll have to get some walnuts. I have flax. Gotta get with those smoothies. Dust off the old Magic Bullet.

  9. It has been an amazing winter here in Ontario, Canada! However today we’ve been hit with winds, snow and ice. Yep, back to normal 🙂

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