There ain’t no cure for the January blues

Wow, is it dark this morning. Where is that extra two minutes of daylight we’ve been promised each day? And why is it so cold?

Oh…my January blues must be setting in.

winterJanuary is often a slow work month for me, and once the kids go back to school I’m at loose ends. I wish I was the kind of person who could just pick up a good book and go back to bed until February, but I’m not. Instead I respond with a frenzy of well-intended but poorly executed projects.

Decorations must be stowed. Closets must be cleaned. Walls must be painted. There’s so much disruption around here it looks like we’re moving.

So here’s the good in this activity:

  • Walls really do look better with a new coat of paint. A lot better. Especially when your  kids swing baseball bats in the house and (literally) climb the walls and leave footprints behind. New paint can give you a new lease on life.
  • It is easier to work in an office that is not piled high with wrapping paper, bows, and assorted gift boxes. That stuff really looks awful after the holidays. Maybe even during.
  • Holidays are hard on a refrigerator. A lot of mystery food accumulates. Holding your nose and pitching it in the trash is cathartic. And think of all the empty calories you’re throwing out.
  • When you’re stuck in the house it’s the perfect time to wash, sort and store all the summer sports gear that’s been lying around since school started. Wow, it almost seems as if I’m planning ahead!
  • When you have a few moments, you can make a list of all the errands you need to run when the temperature soars above 10 degrees – library, grocery store, post office. Car wash is at the top of my list.

So I express my gratitude to the vacuum of time that is January. Thank you cold, dark, and wind chill for reinforcing my core belief that doing something is better than doing nothing.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a wall to paint.

How do you get through the longest month of the year?

2 thoughts on “There ain’t no cure for the January blues

  1. The activities around here are a bit the same, but I’m not finding it too bad to deal with. Probably the *cough* lack of deepest, darkest winter has something to do with it. Mainly I’m experiencing the wonder of not having to wade through so much rubbish everywhere (although in reality I’ve achieved much less than you seem to have. For example, the newly-painted walls remain locked in my imagination.)


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