The middle of February in Northern British Columbia is about the time I have to start reminding myself that winter will not last forever. When the ground is covered in four feet of snow it can be hard to remember was grass looks like. So, when it was my time to set the topic for the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop, is it any wondering this is what I came up with?
Do you get the winter doldrums? How do you deal with cabin fever?
If you joined me from A.S. Fenichel, welcome!
The good news is we’ve been having a very mild February, so getting out and about hasn’t been too difficult, and true cabin fever hasn’t set in. There have been years when all we can see outside our ground floor windows is a narrow strip of sky because, between the snow on the ground and the snow that slid off the roof, it is piled so high it blocks our view.
I’m lucky that I love to read for many reasons, but in the depths of winter it is truly a blessing. I can escape to Regency England or Australia or outer space whenever I want. When I do get too twitchy to just sit and read, jigsaw puzzles are a good option. Usually we only do them in December and early January, but we have been known to bring them out to get through the final dregs of winter.
Now that I’ve left my career in broadcasting and am focusing on my writing, I think I may have to come up a few alternate activities. With no day job to go to, there is no reason to get out of the house some days, and when the weather is bad even less incentive to do so. Luckily we have a dog that requires daily walks, and cold and snow doesn’t seem to bother her at all. Bundling up and getting out into the fresh air (even if it does crisp your nose hairs) is always a good way to blow out the cobwebs.
How about you? What time of year gets you down the most, and how do you get through it?
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