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Winter, Do Your Worst

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I may have had one or two slightly “off” days lately, but I am on my way back up and that means a break from sugar headaches, niggly worries, and bouts of snappiness with the kids. 

It also means that I am crocheting happy hats and shoes again, rather than trawling the internet for some inspiration, and losing precious hours of crafting time to the world wide web. 

Here is a ladybird hat that I have just finished, and am quite pleased with. Is that because his lovely red yarn is super soft and snuggly, or because looking at his little smile made me realise that I am over that little mini-blip and am back to my normal self again? 

Both, probably. It is funny how our creations often mirror the feelings inside without us even realising. I wouldn’t have felt much like putting a smile on a ladybird yesterday! 

Winter does this to me, I knew that and was prepared for it, to a point. I wasn’t prepared for the difficulties at home, and it is a great shame that they teamed up with the grey days of winter to try to bring me down together, but I can do this. 

Lets have some better days 🙂

“..And You Will Have Fun, Whether You Like It Or Not!”

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Yep, I have actually said that, to my kids. And today I think it is time I took my own advice.

I will admit, when I first shouted this at the children, I knew what I was saying, and it was an attempt at getting my daughter in particular to stop being so negative about things. We were in the car on our way to a nearby forest, to get out and enjoy a bit of fresh air between rain showers. I do remember “fresh air” being massively over rated when I was a child, and I remember the annoyance of being dragged away from a good book and forced to tramp through some boggy field or up a hill, to satisfy my parents’ desires to see us all leave the house at least once a day.

My parents were right, of course. Children do need to be blasted with air and surrounded by nature. It is calming, soothing, and good for the spirits. Although I always protested, I did enjoy the mud, the wind, the ocean waves. So I torture my own children with forced outings, knowing that they will not fully appreciate them until they have kids of their own. Some days they do hop into the car without a fuss, and get excited about our trips. Other days, there is a lot of whining from the back seat of the car.

I usually do the parental deafness trick, whereby I can zone out the whining while still enjoying the radio or humming to myself, but if the kids are particularly cranky I will try to make a joke out of it, pretending to get angry and snapping at them to

        “Get out and start having some fun, right now! Go on, enjoy yourselves. I am not seeing smiling. I am not hearing laughter. If I have to come over there and make you happy, so help me…”

The kids are old enough to understand that I can’t force them to be happy, they get the joke.(Otherwise that looks like some kind of dreadful psychological abuse! That is not me, I promise.) There is the occasional chase, possible tickling, a scream or two, but it usually has the desired effect, and nobody ever comes home in the same scratchy mood they went out in. Good times.

So, today? Today I take my own advice, finally. This feeling of unease that is hanging over me the last few days about our current situation, the money worries over Christmas, the feeling that I should be studying a little more often than I am doing, the constant desire to over-eat, the loneliness that visits every now and then (which is my own fault, as I have kept my friends at arms length lately due to the emotional drama going on in our house,) just how are those feelings doing anything to help me? They are not, they just linger around like a big black cloud and prevent me from getting the most out of my life.

So what if things are difficult? There are a lot of good things in my life that I am not fully enjoying because I am sitting around waiting for a better day. Well, today can be that day. I am off out for a walk in the fresh air, and I am going to enjoy it, whether I like it or not!

Oh yes, and some pictures of crocheted hats that I just felt like sharing.

Trying for a Colourful Winter

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Just sharing a little bit of color again as these short days and dark evenings can really get people down.

Today was a good day for me and the kids, we were out in the fresh air and saw lots of Christmas lights. They are starting to get really excited about Christmas, which is lovely, but it seems to me that adults have to work a whole lot harder to stay positive in the winter months. 

 

This is a blanket I made last year. In the photo it is folded and hanging over a rail, which is why it looks distorted. I am definitely adding another of these to my list of “projects I will be starting if I could only find the time.”  I would be able to drape it over the sofa for curling up in when it is chilly – though I would have to make it long enough for two smaller people to curl up in with me! 

 

Other ways to get a little colour in your life;

 

1. Hang a bird feeder in the garden so that you can see it from your window. The birdsong is a bonus.

 

2. Plant some seeds in a plantpot and keep it on your windowsill. That moment when you see the first leaves coming up is so uplifting.

 

3. Leave the kids alone for less than a minute in a room with some crayons. The three week clean up operation will keep you too busy to feel down. 

 

I have only really suffered with the winter blues once, and that was last year due to the never-ending winter that we had. The grey, rainy days just dragged on and I felt as though that winter lasted from October til about May! 

This year I would like to be prepared, in case winter lingers too long again and spring takes its time in getting here – especially since our family unit is feeling very delicate at the moment, and maybe not as strong as it would normally be. 

 

Has anyone got any tips on how to stop the weather and the season from having too much of an effect on our mood? Do you have any special winter crochet projects that make you all happy and smiley inside? I’d love to hear from you if you have any ideas for me! 

 

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