I have several strategies to help me cope with January.
Firstly I remind myself that it gets lighter slightly earlier each day. I get up at about 6.30 and by the first week in March it will be getting light when I wake up. Yes, it's a while away yet but it will be here before you know it, look how fast Christmas comes round!
Secondly I have a therapeutic clear out. It's a good thing to do at this time of year, it's forward looking and positive. I'm not a hoarder so I never have very much to declutter but there's always something taking up space which could be better used for storing yarn or gin.
This year I have thrown out all my children's school reports. Yes really.
Every single one from George's very first one in summer 2000 to Tom's most recent report from sixth form college in November. I was very interested in George's school progress when he was five but in 2015 what George was learning in 2000 no longer interests me, and when I realised that the last time I read his reception year report was just before I filed it in June 2000 I knew there was no point keeping it or any of them. 'Does anyone want their school reports? I asked 'Nah' they replied. You won't be surprised to learn that I have not kept any baby clothes, first shoes or locks of hair either. I do have plenty of photos though including ultrasound scans of all three babies.
A thought - You could always scan or photograph school reports and file them on your computer. That way you get to keep them and create space for yarn and gin.
My last strategy for coping with January is to look for colour. There always is some, as I found at the end of my monochromatic walk around the church this morning.
|Despite what my husband thinks I did not adjust the colour on this robin's breast.|