And just like that the warm, sparkly days are over and the cold weather has moved in.
I know lots of people who love freezing cold days.
They love dressing up in tights and jackets and boots.
They love snuggling inside and doing wintry things.
I do not!
I feel trapped by wintry days.
Grey days make me grumpy.
I need sunshine and warmth for inspiration.
I like hanging the laundry outside, pottering in the garden and having picnics.
I like sun dresses and summer fruits and sandals.
The only thing I like about winter is soup.
I love soup.
Oh and I also love watching my gang wearing the woollies I have knitted for them too.
But that's not really enough is it?
Winters are long and cold in these parts.
So I am wracking my brains trying to come up with a happy winter list.
A list of things to get me through the cold months ahead.
A way to forget the funk and remember the fabulous.
So here it is.
MY LIST OF WINTER WONDERFUL!
(yes, I know it's not officially winter but it may as well be.)
Keep the house looking lovely. As clean as possible and fresh.
Change the bed linen often.
Keep jars of fresh flowers around the house.
Keep going with the painting and decorating.
Play music and dance about the house.
Buy a new front door.
Get outside whenever we can.
Rug up and do the farm stuff.
Explore the bush.
Spend time with my boy and my girls together and alone.
Find and buy some fun tights.
Make some plans for a road trip.
Make arrangements with good people.
Make and have handy a stash of scarves/hats/leg-warmers/gloves to brighten up an outfit and keep cozy.
Always have something to look forward to.
Menu plan and menu shop.
Eat from the kitchen garden as often as possible.
Take spirulina and vitamin B.
Eat seeds and honey and legumes and farmer Bren's bread.
Experiment with lots of different types of soup and hope my kids wanna play too.
Buy a new bottle of Kahlua.
Build up my yarn stash.
Make, make, make.
Buy some oils and candles for bath time.
Write some patterns out and have them tested.
Have a project or two on hand all the time.
And spend lots of time with this kiddo.
See the world through her four year old eyes.
Play with her.
Be present and patient.
So that's it - My List Of Winter Wonderful.
Do you have any suggestions for getting through the chilly months ahead?
What do you like to do when the days get short and cccccccold?
Are you a hot or a cold weather person?
If it's warm where you are, can I come and visit?
Have fun out there and stay warm.