Indulging the blahs

Except for a brief interlude of sunshine on Friday, we’ve had nothing but gray, foggy weather for the last couple of weeks. I realize that compared to what winter is like in many other parts of the country, we have nothing to complain about. However, the damp and dank that accompanies this all-pervasive grayness gets into your bones and into your head.

Gray and dank—that’s how it’s been for the last few weeks

I want to go outside and work in the yard, but the soil is still saturated from the rain and the frost window is still wide open so there’s little point in doing any planting. There’s cleanup to do, but that kind of work doesn’t excite me even on the cheeriest and sunniest of days. I do have my 11 projects for 2011 to focus on, but most of them require better and warmer weather otherwise they become onerous instead of fun.

Books I’m currently reading

Even though I generally try not indulge the blahs, today I will give in to them. I think it’s healthy to give the finger to your to-do list now and then, and simply do nothing. I plan on curling up on the couch with a stack of gardening books I just checked out from the library. I’ll dream of gardening in places very different from ours, and maybe I’ll be inspired to try a new thing or two.

Indulging the blahs can be a great way to recharge your creative batteries.

Agave at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
I’d love to be there right now. The light in the desert is pure magic.


  1. I'm learning to look beyond the blahs of Winter and see the beauty through my lens. It's there. I actually see it in your gray and dark picture. Love the light coming off the water.

  2. tried to pick your post you get three, doesn't seem to be working.

  3. When it's cloudy for several days here and I'm starting to get a touch of spring fever, books don't seem to help me. In fact, they make the spring fever even worse. I still read them though. =)

  4. I didn't get to read as much as I had hoped yesterday because I ended up doing some yard work but I did finish "Yard Full of Sun" by Scott Calhoun. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It describes how he and his wife built their adobe house in Tucson and landscaped it with desert plants. Just reading about sun-drenched Tucson put me in a sunnier frame of mind.

  5. Meredehuit, I know exactly what you're saying about seeing the beauty through your lens. My camera helps me focus on things my eyes would just pass by. That's what I'm so passionate about photography. I love how seamlessly it meshes with gardening.

  6. I agree, sometimes it's worth listening to your body and giving in when it wants you to slow down or just pause. It's amazing how much more you can do later when you actually take time to pause and recharge your batteries.

    Blanket and a book, nice!


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