As little T’s dog eloquently put it, January can be a difficult month. The days are long and dark and often, it is wet and cold too.
I knew the house would look bare once I’ve stripped off all the Christmas decorations. I was prepared for it and was even for the very first time, relieved that the decors were gone, normally I dreaded it. But one day, as I sat in our living room tapping away in the dark morning, that really looked more like later afternoon, I began to feel really weary of all the gloom around me.
Doc and I would stomp defiantly on the headland in the rain and glare at the grey sky. Day in and day out I would pass by these forlorn-looking dry tree branches and would always think how sad-looking they were.
And then one typical sombre day, I stopped and looked closely at them. They actually weren’t bad-looking at all. And then had a eureka moment.
Our next walk, I made sure I brought along a pair of secateurs with me, and stopped along the dry tree branches and managed to get one-dried branch.
As soon as I got home, I got an empty vase, put another smaller one inside, and made it steady by putting in small stones. Then stuck my chosen branch between the stones.
I knew what I wanted to do with that branch. You see, I have a small collection of glass baubles, which I’ve always wanted to use year-round, but didn’t really know how, till now. So off I went to our cold and dusty attic and hauled my precious baubles back down.
But first, I decided to wrap the branch in fairy-lights – I wanted to brighten up a particularly dark corner in our house.
Here’s the finished product. Since it was only a small branch though, I was only able to use a few of my glass baubles and my two birds made of glass. And instantly, my mood was lifted.
It may be dark outside and all the shades of grey, but inside my little warm home, I have a small branch to literally brighten up my day 🙂 Doc is right, the trick is to focus on small joys and I’m following his advice and you know what, it’s definitely working!
What about you?
Do you also dislike January?