However, I do love the beauty winter offers. I enjoy sunny days with a soft blanket of snow on the ground and how it layers perfectly on the evergreens and pines, as well as how it seems to float in the creek effortlessly, but.. I enjoy this by peering through my windows.
I don't enjoy sled riding, snowmobiles, and NO, I don't want to build a snowman...
With all that being said, I often times find myself daydreaming about spring and being able to walk around my yard barefoot, drinking my coffee and taking in the sunshine. I think about all the spring blooms just waiting for their chance to brighten my day and grab some of that warmth for themselves.
From the moment the first snow hits till the last frost of spring, I go through winter blues and by the end I have cabin fever so bad, my family can barely stand me. I get agitated, irritable and quite frankly I'm an all around bitch at times.
Over the years I have learned to harness the built up into different activities to keep me balanced mentally when I can not get outside and play in my gardens and work on other aspects of my yard.
About 5 years ago I started blogging. I spent most of winter blogging and doing product reviews, but I didn't even start my blog to be a product reviewer. I started it to be able to just write what I think and feel and just use it as an outlet for my frustrations or when I want to shout to the rooftops. It didn't happen that way and after a while it became more of a mundane task than a fun experience. Although I enjoyed the product reviews (and still do), it just didn't feel like the type of place to put other things I wanted to talk about and that is why I now have this blog as well. You will not see many product reviews on this site, unless it has to do with homesteading, prepping, gardening or something along the lines of that. They will be few and far between. I have a blog for that. This is not the one.
So while that kept me busy for a few years and helped with my winter blues, it just wasn't enough. The excitement wears off and the cabin fever returns.
I have goals and wishes and wants and so many things I want to implement into our lives. I've previously talked about Homesteading and the whys. I've talked about becoming more self sufficient and the hows. I've talked about raising chickens and prepping our yard...
This winter I have spent every extra minute I have looking up different ways to implement lifestyle changes into our everyday. I even went as far as telling family and friends that the only thing I want for holiday gifts is seeds. That did not go over well with my mother and I told her other items that would help us with food preservation and storage. She knew I was trying to learn all I could about canning and got me a water bath canning system for Christmas. To say I was ecstatic would be an understatement.
I remember water canning pickles and tomatoes with my gram. I want to learn how to do it myself and I want my husband and children to learn with me. Whether they do it themselves when they move away will be up to them, but at least they will know how. All these things I remember doing with my grandparents when I was little I have hardly seen anything as an adult. My parents don't and my grandparents are at the age that they just don't or can't anymore.
I remember making breads and sweets with another one of my grams, and we have already planned a day for her to come to my house and have a bread making party. I want my daughter to learn as I learn and I have also invited my sister and niece to join us when we do. I want to take every advantage of learning the ways of food preservation and homemade cooking that I grew up enjoying as a child at my grandparents tables.
So this winter I have been spending a lot of time trying out new recipes, learning new techniques for the spring growing season, and even planning for a greenhouse or two. I am trying to get everything I need for spring, prepared and at the ready. I have plans of our yard all drawn out to scale. My husband was very helpful with that, other instructions and lists of tips and tools and ideas all written down and have started getting supplies ready so that when spring hits I can go full speed ahead. I plan to start indoor gardening here shortly which I know will help stave off some of these winter blues..
Do you experience winter blues or cabin fever?
How do you deal with moments of weather related frustrations?