Sunday, January 26, 2020

Extended winter blues

I miss my little white cottage in the wet, green space where red birds used to come down each day to serenate my hours. Small, low ceilings, and white all over. How cozy, and sunny it always felt, and how my soul misses it here in our large, tall-ceiling cold home where icy dark winter days kept stretching and widening throughout my days, throwing dark shadows upon my head. I’ve been sleeping in the smaller upstairs room, so that my soul can wrap itself in gentle coziness during cold nights, and it is been good—good to rest upon cozy shadows and dimmed lights, lower ceilings and white comforters. I’ve been making hearty soups in the evenings and toasting cranberry-walnut bread to accompany it. Nights are long and the sound of frizzing rain pitter-pattering on peat gravel outside seems to be singing a mournful quiet song. I got my book published this past week, and the amaryllis by the kitchen window has opened, and it sits in front of me laughing at my enthusiasm. Dead leaves have found a permanent home on the back porch, so it seems, and they will remain there until the sun comes back or until I can find my soul back.

“Melancholy were the sounds on a winter's night.”
Virginia Woolf


  1. Sorry you have the winter time blues. Seems like we are all in the same boat. We need some spring sunshine! I know you hated the bugs at your white house though, so think of those pesky things crawling around that should make you feel better.(-:

  2. Hello Cielo, I haven't talked to you in a long time! You are not alone with the winter blues or even the nasty viruses that you and your husband have had. Me and my hubby are currently in the same boat! We're feeling a little better today, so I finally mopped the kitchen floor and fluffed all the pillows and cushions on the couch and aired out the blankets. Freshened things up a bit. I live in northwest IL and it's been non-stop gray and dreary here, too. It gets very depressing. Big hugs!

  3. Hey Cielo, I've come to the point in life that it passes so quickly that I've come to enjoy all the seasons in weather and life. Enjoy the moment. My friend! Love from Kentucky...Chele❤