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Greetings from inside the SEO Igloo!
It does appear to me that some folks tolerate winter more than others. I find the loss of warmth and short days can combine to leave me feeling a bit low. But, because I believe that a realistic pursuit of happiness comes from taking joy in the small things, I try to put a better spin on winter for myself by viewing it as having opportunities for me that don’t exist during the sunnier months of the year.
For example, in winter I find I spend more time quilting. Summer is an awful time to quilt, with all that hot fabric draped over you. But in the cold season, what could be cozier than being bundled up under a big, handmade quilt while you beautify it with hand stitching?
Winter is a good time to look around the SEOigloo to see how I can make it as warm and comforting as possible. For my husband and I, winter means a lot of long nights indoors. Good lighting, hearty meals and having fun together helps to keep cabin fever to a minimum.
And, perhaps, most of all, winter is something I can love because the birds return to our region, along their migratory route. Yesterday was a most brilliant example of this. All summer, our avian companions number about 7 species. But at last, the birds have come back, and a walk in our neighborhood afforded us the pleasure of sighting 20 species. Here is our list:
Cedar Waxwing
American Robin
House Finch
Gold Finch
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
White-breasted Nuthatch
Rufous-sided Towhee
Hermit Thrus
Scrub Jay
California Towhee
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Canade Geese
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Just imagine, all of those glorious birds, right outside our door. And winter/spring are the only times that we have the chance to enjoy many of the above species. To us, counting our birds is akin to counting our blessings. I become grateful for today, when treated to such abundance.
What, in your own life, can you take note of that helps you to keep cheerful during the short days and long nights of this season?
It is important to note that light deprivation does lead to a real form a depression in some folks. Feeling teary, overwhelmed, tired, lethargic, foggy? The lack of sunshine could be affecting you. They even have a fancy name for this – Seasonal Affective Disorder. I am thinking of writing to a lighting company and asking them if they’d like to trade some full-spectrum light bulbs for a review of their business on our blog. Think anyone will agree to this? I hope so, because I’d like to make use of any little help I can find to make me happier this winter!