Showing posts with label winter blues. Show all posts
Showing posts with label winter blues. Show all posts

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Cozy Winter House {my secret to beating the winter blues}


Well y'all, it's no secret around here that I've fought depression for more years than I'd like to remember. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, until last year that is. Winters were the worst, absolute nightmares. By March, I'd be hiding in bed under the blankets in tears, not kidding a bit, it was awful. But last winter was different for the first time ever and I'm going to share with you why.



         

Planning. I gave my problem tons of thought and as crazy as it sounds I started a board on Pinterest all about winter. I perused hundreds of images, I'm a very visual person don't ya know, so I went over tons of pics and pinned every one that was soothing and comforting. I pinned every one that made me feel all warm and cozy. When Christmas was over and all cleared away, I put my winter plan into action. Rather than dreading the season, I was thrilled, practically giddy.




I let as much light into the house as possible, and even removed some curtains completely. I bought tons of jar candles {really cheap at Target and Walmart}. I made sure that I had lots of blankets and throws in the living room, I did anything and everything that evoked cozy thoughts. 


Luckily, we have a cast iron stove and having a fire everyday was a big help with getting my cozy vibe on. This winter, I added a cowhide rug to the living room which amped up the cozy big time. I've wanted one for years but it just wasn't a good time to purchase it for one reason or another, until now. I'm so in love! I know the hide trend is probably on it's way out the door, but, I'm always a little late to the party and that's okay with me. You? Well then, we're all good! I also bought a little string of dangling star lights and hung them over our kitchen window {saw that on Pinterest too!}. They may be cheesy, but they make me smile and smiling is great!





As crazy as it sounds, all this planning stuff worked out for me last winter so, this year when Christmas was all cleared, I began my new winter time routine. Tons of cozy. If you'd like to get your cozy on this winter and would like a little inspiration, check out my Pinterest board that started it all......



Thanks for touring my cozy winter house today! If you're wondering why no pics of the kid's rooms, they are both in the works.... still. More to come on that, e-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-l-y, slow change around here y'all, slow change! Until next time sweet friends......

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Friday, October 23, 2015

In The Quiet


My mind has already begun drifting to thoughts of the quiet season {you know, w-i-n-t-e-r, shhhhhh}. I never know how my mind will react to that looooong, cold stretch. Sometimes I find myself in a season of darkness that seems impossible to shake, other times, like last winter, smooth sailing. Last year I made lots of plans that I truly believe helped keep my spirits lifted. Our home fully reflected a calm and cozy winter, and I was honestly sad to see winter go. There was lots of baking, candles, blankets all around, we traveled a little, it was heavenly.


I'm gearing up again mentally and mulling over some ideas to make winter bright for our family. If you happen to suffer from depression from time to time, bless you, you're in my prayers and if you know someone that does, the smallest gestures of kindness are truly a life-line. 

Planning ahead last winter was a life-saver, so, I'm planning away friends!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mountain Wanderings


I used to hide from winter. I despised going out for hikes and mostly whined about the cold, and empty landscape. This winter is different in lots of ways..... whew! God has given us something to see and appreciate in every season, we only have to take the time to look for it all. 




The other day was so sunny and beautiful, so out we went for a little mountain hike. When all the usual distractions are gone, the leaves, flowers, scurrying animals, suddenly there's so much to see. I never look at the moss gently growing over the exposed rocks, or the intricate patterns of the bark of a tree. I certainly never notice a worn piece of wood that has taken the odd shape of a dragon. No, I would have missed all that if I'd waited till it warmed up and all the sprouting and budding had begun. 




How about a winter's hike? 



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Monday, September 29, 2014

I'm Afraid To Look...... Is Fall Here Yet?




Friends, I have a confession today. Amidst all this fall posting I've been doing lately, there's a swelling, underlying fear that I just can't shake. I'm trying to embrace all of fall. Hoping beyond hope that I can deceive even my own self. I suffer from seasonal depression. Check my posts  here and here for more on that. Last winter was the worst yet, and I think I literally had to claw my way out of March and into April. I began suiting up in my battle armor in August. Sound crazy? That's how bad last winter was. I'm a planner o.k.? I needed to have a carefully crafted plan of attack in hopes of finding a different outcome for this winter season. I began dreading fall, which was once my favorite time of year, because to my brain, fall is ushering in the beast of winter. 



I do have a plan for conquering winter's darkness and I'll be posting more on that another time, but for now, I'll just keep right on with the pretense I'm creating for my own self that I LOVE fall. I'm thinking that if I live it, I'll finally feel it? Right? Do any of you suffer from seasonal depression? If you do, you know all too well how this feels, and for those of you that don't, count your lucky stars. So for now, I'll keep pinning up the cornstalks on the porches, tossing pumpkins here and there, and telling everyone that'll listen how much I'm enjoying these glorious cool, crisp, amber days of fall, until maybe I even convince myself. One can hope, right? I'll keep doing what I know how to do. I'll move things around my house which always makes me happy. I'll craft something new and shift the knick-knacks on my mantle one more time until I have that a-ha moment. That's how I do things, that's what makes me smile. 




So, when you visit, and maybe even enjoy some post I've done with a fallish theme, say a little prayer for me will you, because I'm shaking in my boots over here, trying to be really brave about it all. And if you suffer too, let me know in the comments so I can say a little prayer for you too!


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Puttin' The Brakes On Summer



If you have been reading this blog for long, you may have caught a whiff of my secret. I suffer from depression. No one really wants to talk about it, because, it's, well, depressing. Mine is always worse during the winter months. But this last winter, whoa, it was h-o-r-r-i-b-l-e! If you suffer from depression too, God bless you! It is so debilitating and because others can't see it, then they tend to disregard it as something you can control. Take a shower, exercise, see a doctor, read the bible more, do more for others.......the advice is endless! They may mean well, but if they don't live with depression, they have no idea how hard it is and that you can't just "shake it off". This past winter, I felt like I was drowning and I'm not exaggerating when I say I barely made it to spring sane. On top of trying to tread water all those dark months, I'm a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. It's tough.



So why write about it now? I've noticed that for the first time, I'm soaking up summer like I'm just parched. I can't get enough of it's warmth and light. I've ALWAYS looked forward to fall, but not this year. I can feel my heels digging into the soil as my body puts the brakes on summer coming to an end. I look at the calendar with dread as June flew by and now July following quickly behind. I'm passing through each day of summer kicking and screaming- NO, please don't gooooooo! I feel my anxiousness as time seems to be whizzing by.



So why am I telling y'all about my secret? Because I know that I'm not alone in my depression and fear and you're not alone either. There's safety in numbers and if we can come together and share our secrets and fears, they become smaller some how and easier to defeat. Transparency is the devil's enemy. If we feel alone and desperate, we are far from God's desires for us. 



I have quite a passion for writing here on this blog and sharing with y'all, but it's so much more fun when it's not a one sided conversation. If you suffer from depression, please feel free to share in the comment section below, and I'm quite sure that when we come together we will find strength. We can help one another and maybe this winter will not be as dark as the last one. Thanks for stopping by and remember that you are not alone in your sufferings!


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Life on the Porch

Every spring, I begin fluffing the front porch. It really is an
outdoor room for us. We entertain out there, relax out there, read out there. 






Once the temperatures begin to warm, it's my favorite place to be. It's a beautiful place to enjoy your morning coffee.


We've been blessed with quite a view from our front porch. One cup of coffee often turns into two :)


I didn't think that this winter would ever end.  It is such a joy to see green grass and little leaves sprouting on the trees.  The perennials are poking their little heads up through the slowly warming soil.  I'm so grateful for this spring!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Take Two






My poor baby blog.  It suffered as I did.  In the winter months I suffer terribly from depression.  A dark, lonely place that I spiral into each year around about January and don't begin to emerge until the weather warms and the sun brightens.





It worsens each year as I age, and it becomes harder and harder to break its grip on me. It's mighty hard to be a full time homeschool mom during this season, but I find ways to cope.  I find that I have to whittle down all things external and focus on the bare necessities.  It becomes all about learning and preparing meals, ONLY.  





The good Lord blessed us with two girls that are so helpful with cleaning, straightening and baking.  That is a godsend when I am in this dark place.
I know that I'm not alone on this dark journey; do you suffer too?  How do you cope? 
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