Sometimes I wish I could bring back the muse. That my creativity would automatically appear every day.

But that doesn’t always happen.

As for the weather here, the snow left on the ground is just patches of white now. There are big blankets of it among the clumps of dead grass. It is all sort of forlorn looking. 

Certainly the best time to view snow is when it is freshly fallen and pristine. Not when it’s been around long enough to look dirty and sad.

The Phone Interview:

I just got off the phone with the woman hired to interview me for Country Sampler. She had questions about the house and my decorating style. 

Do I even have a decorating style? I told her my style is to shop the house before I go out and spend money. 

Truthfully, I just get the glimmer of an idea and go with it and see what happens. I don’t know when I begin how things will turn out. But I think many of us are that way.

Two Magazines Called Me:

I really had no idea when I sat on my little garden scooter with a box full of vintage images and printed poems, that it would end up being published in two magazines.

You see, I didn’t have a plan. I just started gluing.

Maybe that’s why it is important to follow your own private muse. Don’t try to be like anyone else. Just do your own thing.

Sick Of Winter:

Have I said I’m sick of winter? Of not being able to go outside to take photos of birds. And of not seeing blooms out in the garden. Well, I’ll say it again: I’m sick of winter.

I’m not accustomed to this much cold weather. And I know to some in far northern regions, this is nothing. 

The pupsters don’t like getting their feet wet either. So we’re all in agreement here.

Weekends for me are just as quiet as weekdays. I woke up this morning and tried to figure out if this was Friday or Saturday. There’s really not much change in my routine, so I guess it doesn’t actually matter.

More Invigorated On Gray Days:

Somehow I am not invigorated to create on gray gloomy days.

Every day I tell myself I’m going to change something about the living room I’ve gotten a bit tired of. But then I look up and it is 6 p.m. and it’s time to start the night’s routine. 

I’m nothing if not a creature of habit. You could set your clock by my actions.

Well, let’s all wish for sunnier days, the gloom lifted, the warmth revitalizing what the winter has taken away.

And hope that our muse comes strolling back into our lives and turns the magic switch back on.


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  1. I think this time of year is meant to be a time for resting some after the holidays and before yard work and outside activities start again. We have actually had a winter in TX this year. I have enjoyed the cold days and being inside, but I know it's only because the older I get, the more I dread the heat of summer. Give yourself permission to just read and not "do much" for a few more weeks.

  2. I need some motivation as well. I'm almost glad it's still winter, if I felt this way in the summer I would know I had big problems. With the cold and the snow I have an excuse to be a slug!

    XO,
    Jane

  3. I live where it's warm and sunny most of the time, but I can sympathize (and empathize) with those of you suffering from the winter blahs. I lived in Oregon for 18 years and saw many, many gray, gloomy days. Rain, snow, black ice, winds that would freeze your bones – not fun. But then, one day, a crocus would peek out of the snow to say "Sping is almost here." What a welcome sight! As the days grew longer, my heart grew lighter and, sure enough, spring did come. As it will for you, my winter weary friends. Hang in there!

  4. Patience, weather/climate is changing and we can't control this. I keep thinking is this going to be how our weather is going to turn out in the future! Heat is a problem for me – the air conditioning running all day.
    In Alaska it has been warm – I don't know how people in Alaska survive the winters – with all that darkness.
    Hang in there – I think it will get better. I love that the Country Sampler called you.

  5. I'm sorry you're in the winter doldrums, Brenda. Your pretty photos and your words make me think how creative you are, even when you don't realize it. I love your blog. ~ Nancy

  6. I'm right there with you, Brenda, as far as being sick of this winter.. I'm like the clock on the wall when it comes to my routine.
    If things don't get done around here by 12:30 p.m. they don't get done. I've become a fan of "The Young and the Restless" and after that is over it's too late to start anything new. For me, anyhow.
    One of our weathermen keeps threatening that we may get from a dusting to an inch of snow today.. If he doesn't know for sure, I wish he'd keep quiet about it. All of our previous snow has melted, leaving lots of soggy ground and mud.
    I guess we just need to preserver another month.. I hear that the 1st of March is the beginning of spring to the weathermen.
    I'm excited about the woman from Country Sampler calling you.
    Charlotte

  7. I'm sure just about everybody is sick of this winter – even us in Georgia! We did have a beautiful day today. Every now and then mother nature gives us a lovely sunny day. Not that I was outside, but it was nice to have the rooms look sunny again.

    Usually dusting get's me motivated to change things around. I think now is a good time for spring cleaning even though it's not spring. Spring will find me outdoors so I might as well do something that needs doing while I'm stuck inside!

  8. I'm beginning to think everyday is the same. Snow and cold outside, lack of motivation to get something done inside. My list of things I want to get done keeps growing, but I'm still waiting for that spark of ambition to ignite so I can get started. I did start on a couple of things, but ended up putting it aside. Such is the story of my unproductive winter so far.

  9. I've been feeling the same way you have, Brenda. So sick of winter and tired of not really doing anything. I started spray-painting one of my kitchen chairs in the basement today, but that's about it. Even that was boring. I wanted to be outside doing it!

  10. I just know the warm sunshine will return to you. Hopefully, sooner rather than later! I'm the same way. When it's cloudy and cold outside, I don't have as much energy to do creative things. I just want to stick to my routine. Then the sun shines and I feel renewed!

  11. It has been bitterly cold this winter, with the temperatures struggling to get above zero. But the upside of this is we have had mostly sunny days. Lately, I am beginning to feel warmth in the sun as it falls across my chair and me. I can see the days are getting longer. I can feel spring is coming! Soon…

  12. I totally agree with you that winter has not been wonderful this year. You have snow we have rain… lots and lots of it! On the news last night the poor people of Somerset, UK have water not only flowing off the rivers, they now have it coming up through the floors! It's been awful and I personally will be pleased to see the back of winter! I hope the thaw will be with you soon to green up the land. Chel xx

  13. Today the sun tried to shine for a little while. I opened the window shades, hoping the sunlight would keep streaming in the windows. A little later, I realized the house was filled with shadows once again. The sunbeams were gone. As I look out the window, I see mucked up snow chunks and feel the cold coming through the window glass. I went to every window and closed the shades and then marched around the house turning on lamps. There will be light in here, one way or another. Cozy is starting to feel claustrophobic and my body and mind are needing some clear, bright sunlit days. I think my muse is hiding behind a snow clump or maybe in some dark snow clouds. Even Fuzzy pom is bored. I'm keeping watch for that muse and so is Fuzzy.

  14. Brenda, I understand exactly how you feel. I too am sick of winter and of just seeing snow and more snow. I love seeing color. Everything is becoming drab. I know it won't be much longer till we will see some green popping out. xoxo,Susie

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