Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Perspectives On Winter

Winter Solitude by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). Haiku shared by

Winter solitude -
In a world of one color
The sound of wind.

Winter garden.

Winter garden,
The moon thinned to a thread,
Insects singing.

First Winter Rain

First winter rain ---
even the monkey
Seems to want a raincoat.

When the Winter Chrysanthemums Go

When the winter chrysanthemums go,
There's nothing to write about
But radishes

Winter Bounty

Tender roots below
Howling wind and begging birds
Oh where is my beloved?

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending another East Coast Women's Salon hosted by Flo Schell in her lovely home.  I did a post about the first one I attended, The Autumn Woman, back in October 2013.  Apologies as I cannot link or copy and paste a thing when in this Blogger app on the iPad.

This salon was all about dealing with winter.  On a scale of 1 - 10, I would give this season only a 1.  We spoke about embracing the solitude ( which I personally do all year as a single woman living alone), nesting, catching up on chores like decluttering or working on projects.  But there is also that feeling of disconnecting.  When throwing out the trash and collecting mail become a hassle, and where I live, both involve a bit of a walk, on sometimes cleared, most of the time not cleared, surfaces, yes, I tend to feel very very disconnected and alone.

But hot cocoa helps, good neighbors and dear friends are a blessing, and no season lasts forever!  

Flo also led the group in meditation.  We listened to tapes by Oprah and Deepak Chopra.  I have always wanted to learn to mediate, I could never find the time or be able to clear my head completely.  With these tapes, I became very relaxed and almost fell asleep!   I will be looking for these on Amazon.

Otherwise, status quo here.  My poor little birdie had a bad sinus infection and a scratch on her cornea.  After ten days of antibiotics and eye drops, she is all better and whisting up a storm.

I divvied up my goodies from the Kerrygold prize pack with several people helping me cope with this winter.  I need to do some baking with this beautiful butter.

We are expecting our sixth major storm of the season (11 storms in total).  I am pretty much all set.  Expecting 6-10 inches of snow tomorrow.  Friends, please feel free to remind me of this winter when I am blogging about the trouble with weeds!

Stay warm and cozy to all in the path of this latest one!  



  1. I understand your concerns about winter. I hope that you can keep in touch with loved ones and not feel disconnected; also that this next storm won't be as severe as predicted. I noticed you talked about perhaps moving south and maybe these days will give you time to do some reflecting and planning. Glad Pearl is doing well!
    Hugs, Beth

  2. Lucky you with that Kerrygold prize pack! Yes, the butter is absolutely lovely!

    The snow began here about 3 hours ago. For days we were told we were on the "western fringes," and any snowfall was very "iffy." Now we hear estimates of up to six inches possible! It is good that we don't expect frigid temps following this one, so it won't stay around as long. Also, we have no ice in the forecast.

    The occasion you attended sounds wonderful! I'm sorry you feel that you are having some lonely times. It seems that winter is a time that keeps us closer to home than other seasons.

    I'm glad your bird is responding to treatment.

    Take care, and stay warm and safe! xo Nellie

  3. Dear Barbara, you winter is terrible. In Italy winter is not so hard. I' m so sorry for your sweet bird but i'm glad she' s doing better

  4. Ah, but, as the official Winter Snow Queen, you get to wear the tiara I am still trying to shine up from its tarnished state :-) Soon, Barbara, soon. Spring will reward you with all of her splendor that she has hidden away under all of that cold and snow! THEN, I want to see those pictures from you!! I am happy to hear the birdie is all better too! Buddy hugs sent your way !!!

  5. Well, you saw my position on the whole snow/storm thing! Would you believe that they've cancelled schools here tomorrow -- that makes three days in a row -- because of the *possibility* of frozen precip?! It's crazy!!! But I finally decided that just because we didn't get the snow I'd hoped for, didn't mean I couldn't still make heart cookies and hot cocoa and soup and bread! Just no snow angels or snowmen! Be safe and warm! Hugs!! :)

  6. this is such a horrid long winter :( your poor little birdie - hope she feels much better soon:)
    Mary x

  7. It surely has been one of the most challenging winters on record. Glad that your little birdie is back to good health. When anyone in the house isn't feeling well...

    What will you do with your snow day tomorrow? I can't decide if I'll bake or make soup.

  8. It's been a difficult winter, I'm about as ready as I'm going to get for this latest storm. Be careful and take care:@)

  9. Hi Barbara- I know how it feels to be disconnected. I've stayed home so much this winter unlike any other before. I have to encourage myself to keep doing things around the house which helps me feel less stressed about the winter doldrums. I'm not alone except that all my family lives 250 miles away and I miss being able to see them more often. The cats keep me company and blogging keeps me interested in socializing to the degree that that can offer. My brain is so easily distracted I have always figured I couldn't meditate but ya never know! I'm glad your birdie is doing better. It's great that with some TLC he was able to spring right back! I'm optimistic about spring and I look forward to everything growing again even the weeds! Hang in there!

  10. Hi lovely lady.
    Down hear in Texas the winter is also cold""" Today it was in the high 30's now this is cold for me my doctor put my on Vit D2 1.25 mg { 50,000 unit I take one capsule once a week for low vim { D } He said it was low because of no Sun. I hope you are keeping warm sweet lady.
    God Bless. xxoo

  11. We're right there with you Barbara - expecting 10-14 starting at midnight. I love the winter though - just hate to drive in the mess that comes with it.

    Stay safe and warm my friend!


  12. I was excited to hear you are beginning the process of meditation; me too, I love D. Chopra books, Wayne Dyer and just read a fabulous book by Rhonda Byrnes (The Power) and oh my gosh has it helped me with some issues inside myself! I understand the feeling of being alone; my wonderful husband watches Fox News 24/7; drives me crazy, but he loves politics. I'd rather read and paint! Bless you and good luck with some new reads! Hugs, Patty

  13. This will be a winter for the record books with all the severe cold weather, snow and ice storms that everyone has been getting. Last January, we drove cross country when we moved, and did not run into any snow until the last few miles.. We were so fortunate! I'm happy our weather this week warmed up to the high 50's!

    Glad Pearlie is getting better!

  14. It is such a good thing that winter doesn't last forever! I feel disconnected during the winter too and yet often hate going out! I could never, ever live in Alaska!

  15. So glad to hear that your little birdie is on the mend.
    The salon you attended sounds so interesting and the topic is very timely. I know so many people could benefit from help in coping with winter (especially this winter). I can see how as a single woman this is even more of a challenge.
    As I sit here this morning the snow is coming down heavily. Yesterday it snowed several hours followed by several more hours of sleet. Crazy weather for NC. We have basically come to a standstill here. I have big plans to work on cleaning my much neglected bonus room. In short spurts snow days are fun. It's just when it goes on and on that it get's tough to deal with.
    I hope this will be the last storm for you this year. Probably wishful thinking, but you never know...

  16. Hi Barbara,

    This sounds like a wonderful and much needed event. I'm so sorry you've been blasted with back to back storms for the past couple of months. It's crazy to think that some parts of the country have had very little this winter and will be in drought conditions soon.. go figure! That said, if I were you I'd have a case of cabin fever and be getting a little sassy at this point!

  17. I'm looking at a winter white world right now! Hoping the storm isn't too bad for you. Stay warm.

  18. This has been a terrible winter for so many of my friends. I do understand how the isolation can get to one. Please be careful and don't fall again. So glad the feather baby is doing well. Take care and do get weary.
    Love to you, Ginger

  19. Yep, like hermits! Hang in, next week up to 50 they say. I wonder how long it will take for all this #%¥ to melt.

  20. Indeed it has been a rough winter! We are all going to be welcoming spring with open arms!

    Sorry to hear your little feathered friend was unwell...but happy to hear that she is recovering!

    Warm hugs to you...

  21. Barbara, I love your sense of humor (Please remind me of this when I'm complaining about the weeds). :-D I'm right there with you; I always complain about the heat, the humidity, and the weeds! It is hard to cope with winter when getting out of your home is a struggle, and no one wants to fall on this ice -- it's dangerous and it HURTS.

    I'm glad you have good friends and nice neighbors. I can't say enough about nice neighbors. Yesterday, we were going out to the grocery store (again) and our car got stuck at the top of our driveway. My husband went inside to get a shovel and some kitty litter to put behind the wheels. Before he could get back out to the car, our neighbor up the street had walked down with his shovel, and started shoveling around the car. Isn't that nice? I'm truly grateful for nice neighbors, which we've had for the past 17 1/2 years.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the winter salon -- that helps to break up the long, dull winter days. Hang in there and stay warm!!

    Big hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor


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