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Winter Time Blahs vs. Thoughts of Spring!

Saturday, January 26, 2008


It is cold with mounds of snow everywhere. The streets are icy and snow packed - so are the sidewalks. I cannot even take my usual walk to the Library and Courthouse on my research jobs. As fast as the walks are cleared, they are covered again - with ice underneath.

What to do? The first impulse is to get the bread machine out, make homemade bread, chicken and dumplings over mashed potatoes sound really good! How about finishing that off with some homemade cookies? There are several books in my book bag that I haven't read yet. What a great idea - do my favorite things, Cook, Eat and Read! I'll make it through the winter just fine!

On second thought - all this snow that is depressing me now is nourishing wild flowers. The most beautiful specimens are found high up off the beaten trail. DH can drive almost there, but you have to be walking to find the special ones. God has placed tiny little flowers in nooks and crannies, just waiting for the person who is willing to go to a little extra effort to find them. We are already talking that this will be another year when the Spring will be awesome. Kids and grand kids are making plans for the Spring hike to see the wildflowers when the snow melts enough for us to get up in the mountains.

We love to discover old forgotten grave sites and record them for posterity. I have posted several of these on the web and have many more to find. Hiking to these old cemeteries is not for the faint of heart. Much of the terrain is rugged - there are no paved roads and grassy plots for these early pioneers in Nevada.

DH and I are redoing our living room. I have macular degeneration and as it advances, I need will lighter walls, lighter rooms, contrasting trim around doors and windows etc. We started this project right after Christmas by ripping off the first wall to the studs and putting new in. We have a long way to go - and yes, DH can do it alone. BUT - it is much more fun to work with him. I was taught the Good Lord Helps Those Who Help Themselves.

Yes - my first thought of cooking, eating and reading was ok if I plan to sit in my rocking chair under a shade tree in my yard all summer rather than hiking with the kids, grand kids, great grand kids and DH. It sounds good if I plan to be Poor Pitiful Pearl as my eyesight fails.

I think I'll go with Plan B! Work alongside the man in my life. eat healthy, and move, move, move! There are a lot of hills I haven't climbed, a lot of flowers I haven't planted, a lot of roads I haven't been on. We found two mining camp cemeteries last year we were unable to document because the weather turned on us. That is another goal for the summer months. Yes, it is winter - but Spring will come and I want to be fit and ready to enjoy every moment of i!

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  • FITJEN48
    Thanks for the encouragement. I love Spring too! All us winterbound people needed to hear this one. Yes, yes. I want to go out and enjoy the sunshine when it reappears. So I better be a Plan B girl, even though that Plan A sounded really nice, plan B works so much better in the longs run. Thanks for this entry, so cool.
    4737 days ago
  • EZ_DUZIT
    Donna, You look great! Thanks for the winter encouragement. Spring is just around the bend...
    4739 days ago
  • BRIDGEMIK
    Donna, as usual, you have just the right words. I so needed to focus on the spring, the future - and not just today. Thank you!
    4740 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1990669
    As the frigid weather makes itself at home here again in Minnesota, I know exactly what your going through. The thought of comfort food springs eternal, along with snuggling in with the cats, a good book, a fire and soft music playing in the background. (Oh yeah, having the DH there as well).

    But we have to weigh that (us Libra's) with what is best for our health. So we force ourselves to watch what we eat and get it moving as much as we can. And we see the results from those efforts.

    The thought of working hard over the winter to reap the rewards in the spring and summer is an inspiring thought.

    Thank you for sharing my dear Spark Friend!!

    As usual, you hit the nail on the head! Your getting so good at all that carpentry!!

    Enjoy.
    Mick
    4741 days ago
  • WAN2BHIKING
    You have snow...I have rain...lots and lots of rain. I live in the high desert and after a winter like this the CA poppies and other wildflowers will be spectacular! I can't wait to see them this Spring!
    I enjoy reading your blogs...and thanks for always having encouraging words! -Dianne
    4742 days ago
  • NOMOREDJ
    Donna:
    This really spoke to me today. I was going to let myself off the hook for one more day tomorrow. But, I have recovered from my stomach bug or whatever it was and Monday is a walking day on my schedule and so I will walk.
    Looking forward to Spring with you!
    DJ
    4742 days ago
  • LADYPI
    Hey my dear friend- Spring yep spring can't get here fast enough! Hang in there and we will all make it. At least we aren't smoking right?

    Deb
    4743 days ago
  • BELLEAIRE
    It sure is easy to think of cocooning with food and quiet entertainment in the winter. I'm proud for you that you decided to get up and "do" rather than eat for entertainment. Yep, Spring is coming... eventually... and we want to feel healthy and ready for warm weather opportunities and enjoying life! Hugs to you.
    4744 days ago
  • DOWNPORT
    Donna, As usual you hit the nail on the head! We could all learn a lot from your outlook on life. Spring is already well on the way here in Cornwall - we have camellias and primroses in the garden, and wild garlic, periwinkles and violets in the hedgerows. Also, the fields are full of daffodils. So - yes - I can assure you that Spring is on the way, and it won't be too long before you can go looking for your wild flowers - more to the point, you will be able to do it! Carole
    4744 days ago
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