Bleak weather has now engulfed us for eight months! Isn't a season supposed to be three months long? Apparently not winter, this year, at least!
Have a look at this scene from my window. Could it get more dull and cold?
Today I want to share a teacup trio, which was sold at Homegoods, or TJ Max, a store similar to the reject stores in Australia. These cups may also be found at Ross or Marshalls, which are similar stores
These are the primroses that do well indoors in winter. They look like tiny roses.
When the weather has been bleak for a long time it makes for a very bleak house, too! It is easy to lose ambition and energy and let your creativity fall by the way. A couple of solutions I have resorted to when the day was just too dreary:
*Get all the daily work done as quickly as possible and get all the children covered up in bed or on the couch with you and watch favorite movies like Wives and Daughters, North and South and and all those others. Even better, create your own movies and watch them.
*While I did use the phrase "as quickly as possible" I do want the say how good it is to slow down and not rush through your day. Hurrying can cause confusion and mistakes, so especially if you have children at home, no matter what age, it is beneficial to live at a pace where your mind keeps up with the speed!
*Add a few water color paintings to your sketchbook, or design some clothes on paper. Make planning sheets for sewing, which include sketches, fabric swatches and event.
*Hand write little story book for your own amusement, illustrating with scrapbook clip art. If others in the home will participate, you can have a book club and make speeches to promote their books.
* Make your own catalog for your family to order from. Include ordering sheets. Offer by description and illustration things you are able to give them. This can include photos, your own stories, artwork, sewing, and other things.
*Bake a cake, or fill the slow-cooker or roasting pan with a savory dinner. That will fill your home with good scent and give you a little more incentive to endure the day.
*Make a hand printed newspaper about your own home, with your own cartoon strip, your own events throughout the day.
*Make your own magazine. How often have your said you disliked certain things in a favorite magazine? Why not make your own with scrapbook papers?
*Make your own movie.
*Compose your own music and songs.
*On bleak days I tried some DIY things I had always wanted, like making hair spray and cosmetics and skin care from kitchen food supplies. You might have noticed the walnut stain on my hair, the cocoa powder on my eyebrows, the arrowroot powder on the roseacea patches of my face, the beet juice with coconut oil on my lips! Bleak days don't seem to have a hurry to them since they are the best times to try new make-it-yourself things. One bleak day recently a friend came and showed me how to use skincare products that suit "older" skin conditions.
When the bad weather gets your mood so low you feel sick, stop, drop and pray.
*Prepare a basket or giveaway box for someone else who might need the cheering up.
*Dress your best, even if you are not going out. Note in your journal what you wore on the bleakest day of the year.
*Turn the whole season into Bleak Celebrations at home. Get out the seasonal lights and have a parties at home. It will give you a chance to wear the dressy clothes you rarely use. I read once that winter was the social season in Victorian times.
*If none of the above appeal to you, clean out a drawer or shelf each day of the winter months so the summer will be free of extra work.
*Sort through and eliminate old papers and books.
*Clean up your crafts and sewing.
*Exchange a pile of old magazines with a friend.
*Invent family games of your own and do not use commercial games. You will be pleased with what everyone creates. They do not have to be board games either. One family I know created "bored" games and came up with all kinds of interesting things.
*Instead of Queen for a Day, be Maid for a Day. It is actually a lot more interesting if you research the duties of a maid.
*Rearrange a room in your house and put things in non-typical places to give the room a new atmosphere.
* Make sure you converse with someone every day. I made a video once about how it activates the hearing which activates the mind and how important it is to hear your own family members voices and to interact with them.
Well ladies I am getting tired just reading this list. I certainly do not wish to imply that these things should be done, or should be done all at once. In bleak weather it is sometimes just as relieving to make lists of things you would like to do. Sometimes it is enjoyable just to compare lists.
If you tend toward sadness in the dark evenings, it is good to know that it is always more depressing in the evening and that your feelings will lift in the morning.
The tea is made with dried rosebuds and lavender and is supposed to be calming. I once researched the herbs and essential oils Victorian women used in times of grief, low moods, and distress. It was interesting how much of this knowledge is being revived today. There so were many natural things to use for many common maladies. Lavender and rose are not among my favorite scents--I prefer orange--but the tea is delicious! In Victorian times it was claimed that certain scents in sachets tucked inside pillowcases aided in relaxation.