It’s official. I’ve decided to break up with January because she can’t make up her mind!
I’m down with cold. It means I can wear all my sweaters, coats, boots, gloves, scarves and hats! My winter wardrobe is way better than the summer one. (I need to work on this.)
I’m especially fond of my alpaca hats found at The Barn Door and hand spun by my friend Leanne at Mistletoe Farm Alpacas.
Photo from The Barn Door.
Alpaca is way warmer than wool – doesn’t itch and is hypoallergenic. I highly recommend you treat yourself. You’ll be sporting a unique design and the warmth is off the charts.
Photo taken from The Barn Door
But once again, I digress…I’m breaking up with January because this constant cloud cover and dampness is annoying. Why can’t January get it together and either snow or be cold and sunny? It’s the damp that gets me…how about you?
I can already anticipate the emails from readers in Minnesota or Chicago. I get it – I’m a wimp, but I don’t live in either of those places, and January in Middle Tennessee is kind of yucky.
As I was lying in bed this morning, hunkered down under the comforter, I started thinking about my first winter here.
This tree saved me a little bit. I’d take a walk and this tree stood strong all by itself.
We were still very new here. We didn’t have many, if any friends. We knew people, but I would say friends came later.
We had a flood and we also had to replace our HVAC system. (That’s a whole other story.) It was the year of the Polar Vortex – TWICE!
Some people we knew thought our problems were amusing. We did not agree.
I got really good at building a fire and keeping it going. I learned how resilient I really am, but the one thing I missed were friends – the kind of friends I can pick up the phone and call any time…the kind of friends I can call and say, “I’m having a hard time.”
Those friends. We were struggling, but we also felt like we had to keep a smile on our face. And you know what…It’s hard to do that!
Today I have wonderful friends from every walk of life and I’m beyond grateful and blessed for each of them. You know who you are.
This morning I got to thinking about You – especially if you’re new here and you don’t a lot of people. I don’t want you to be lonely. I don’t want you to feel like you have to smile when you’re hurting or feeling down.
And I kept thinking, what can I do? I can’t have coffee with everyone individually. But I thought I could host a coffee if you want to come. I could bring y’all together to ask questions and meet others who might be feeling out of sorts.
It’s hard to feel out of sorts to begin with, but when you throw grey skies and cold in with the mix, it can be pretty tough.
This morning lying in bed it sounded like a really good idea, but I thought I should ask you first.
If you’d like for me to organize a get together, if you’re new or if you struggle with winter; will you please leave a comment below so I can figure this out.
I’m still breaking up with January, even though it’s my birthday month, but I’m finding ways to come out of January still smiling.
Let me know how I can help. Stay warm sweet friends. I would still like a little snow!
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