A curative for the wintertime blues

Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.
Plautus

“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.”
― Sinclair Lewis

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

― Claude Monet

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(the varying stages of a hyacinth bloom / Julie Cook / 2015

Do you smell that?
Oh. . .
no. . .
I’m sorry, I forgot. . .
sadly you cannot.
Hummm. . . lets see. . . what to do. . .
Wait!
I know. . .
Quick!
You must get thee to some sort of store, shop or greenhouse, post haste. . .
Some place which has flowers blooming!!
Yes, I know it’s the dead of Winter.
Yes, I know some of those varmints out there, aka groundhogs, saw their shadows, but here’s the thing. . . there’s a bit of a dispute brewing because some of their kin claim to have seen no shadow.
Talk about an axis shifting conundrum!!
For some of us, Winter is not about to let up. . .
Snow
Nor’easters
Rain
Sleet
Ice
Grey
Cold
Mist
Drizzle
Fog. . .
You get the picture right?
It’s almost enough to drive the most winter hearty of us over the edge. . .unless you are part yeti or abominable snowman.

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(you remember this guy right, form the 1964 classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?? The dreaded Bumble)

So therefore, the only recourse you have is to quickly find a flower sporting some much needed pop of color accompanied by a bouquet of fragrance.. .It’ll be just the thing to chase away those winter blues—you’ve got to trust me on this. . .
You must stand before said blooming flower, closing your eyes, never mind what those around may be thinking, trust me, they’ll join in soon enough.
Now bending over ever so gently, get as close as possible, just until you feel the slightest twitch to your nose. .
There, hold that pose!
Now you must breathe, breathing in deeply of the heady floral aroma. . .
Light, exotic, flavorful.. .drinking in the intoxicating scent which speaks of far away lands, or perhaps conjures up the sweetest of memories from times long past. . .
Now there, exhale. . .
with a long audible drawn out soul refreshing, “Ahhhhhhhhhhh”
. . . you’re now feeling better aren’t you?
Just what the doctor ordered for every sense deprived winter overloaded soul out there in need!

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.”

Job 12:7-10

8 comments on “A curative for the wintertime blues

  1. Nice post Julie, love seeing the hyacinth blooms!! I forced a lot of bulbs this year starting them weeks apart so we have had the blooms since early January!! Very nice 🙂

  2. Lynda says:

    Beautiful photos! The colours are magnificent. God has created such beauty for us to enjoy. Thanks for sharing some of God’s beauty.

  3. I love this quote from Monet! What a great perspective… to realize the necessity of taking time to stop and smell the roses!

  4. Exactly what I needed to see (and read) on this otherwise dreary and drippy February afternoon. I thank you from the bottom of my sunshine-deprived heart for the lovely encouragement, and as I prepare myself to leave, in search of even one solitary bloom before which I might take up the pose you so lovingly described, I have moved you up not one, but two notches in my list of most amazing people ever. 🙂

  5. Beauty, humor, light, and your inimitable wonderfulness! Loved it. The quote by Monet is one of my favorites and I’ve used it several times before on my blog, and in high school I wrote my junior term paper on Sinclair Lewis. Hugs, missy. Love you, N ❤ 🙂

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