I've got Spring fever! Since last winter was so mild, this is my first real taste of an upper Midwest Winter. It's getting me down. The constant chill to the bones, the dirty snow boots and wet clothes. The dry skin and chapped lips. I thought I could handle it, but it is miserable. At least when we lived in the South and Midwest, we would have warm snaps from time to time. A 60 or 70 degree day to give hope for Spring. Here, it is constant cold and snow. The snow never melts the drifts just get higher and higher and dirtier and dirtier. How people endure this and choose to live here for a lifetime, I will never get. I am already planning for retirement in sunny Florida.
|Beach Pic by Picmonkey|
It doesn't help I have been scatter brained too. Last week, I took my monthly trip to the Mennonite bulk goods store, to stock up on fresh baked bread, eggs and dry goods. If you have never been to one, look for one in your area, it may be run by the Amish. The prices are unbeatable and they carry organic and many specialty items too. It is about a 30 min drive and I got there only to find I left my wallet on the kitchen table....I hate moments like that. Unfortunately, it happens to me quite frequently, I even have a note on my rear view mirror that says "Wallet, Phone, Lights." The lights, is for the kids turning on lights in the back of the car, too many times and me not noticing it and waking up to a dead battery. Even with my message I forgot.
Then, there are the piles, some may call them hot spots. When I'm in a rush and want a clean house I have succumbed to pile everything in laundry baskets and tuck away in a closet, to put away at another time. I have them in various rooms of the house, just waiting to be unpiled and put away. I even have a pile of paper work in the office and I tossed a blanket over it....seriously, I learned that trick from my mother. The thing is if I just spend a couple hours it would all be done, but I am so unmotivated. The never ending laundry, meal making, dishes and energetic kids keep me busy enough.
Then the children....those noisy, question asking, tattle telling, mess making, little blessings. They need constant reminding and encouragement and it's exhausting. For some reason, only my 3 year old listens the first time, my boys will often say, "Oh, I didn't think you meant it, you didn't sound mad." I have been trying my hardest to speak in a calm, quiet voice, like Michele Duggar said too and my boys don't take me seriously. Have I ruined them by my years of yelling and harsh threats..."If, you don't clean up your room right now, I will take away the Wii, for 2 weeks!!" Now, I am calm and ask sweetly and they think I'm kidding. What is a mom to do??
I know the end is in sight, Spring is around the corner and with it comes a renewed, refreshed perspective. The kids can play outside, the sun will be shining and days will be longer. How do you get out of a funk, when the cold dreary days start effecting your outlook and heart?