I am beginning to think that the entire concept of "Down Time" during winter is a myth of epic proportions. It's like Government Intelligence (oops - oxymoron) or that Daylight Savings Time actually saves something. I will admit that I had a rather outrageously ambitious list of things I wanted to accomplish this winter. How many have I accomplished? Nada, nil, nuthin. Except that I have read two books. Whoop-de-do-dah. I am either spending half the weekend in Vermont, then shoveling snow, unfreezing gates, schlepping water, raking roofs, or sitting in frozen in the doldrums of lack of light and warmth. It stinks.
Besides my limited weekends, I am in no mood to do something creative and fun when I get home from a long, dark, hair-raising commute. I am thrilled when I can slog through my chores without forgetting something. Then it's almost time for bed.
I had hoped to cross one thing off my list - to see the Monet Kelly show at a local museum - when my sister comes for a visit this weekend. However, the combination of an expected high temperature of zero, compounded by the fact that the day we can go is the day they have Family Fun Day - swarms of children and their parents will be all over the grounds and inside the museum (where it's warmer), makes it highly unlikely. She teaches fourth grade and I am sure she would like a break from screaming kids. I have no tolerance anymore for screaming anything (unless I am doing the screaming....Pepper....) and crowds make me itch. I am scrambling to find a Plan B.
I could make myself sit down and map out my garden, but meh. I could finish the living room floor, but that's not fun or creative. I could attack the other side of my craft closet, but my moxie has lost it's stuffing. Poop. The only thing I seem to want to do is cook and cram chocolates down my gullet. And I'm not even a big fan of chocolate. Let's hope spring arrives soon, or I will need that giant tin of extra virgin olive oil I'm squirreling away in the pantry to lube up the doorways so I can get my massive fanny outside to enjoy the sun!