I Suffer from S.A.D.—-Wednesday, February 13, 2019

 

I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) I have forever.  Even as a child.  Winter, for me, is a hard time.  It isn’t actually winter, its the dark grey days.  When the sun shines (even if it is cold) I have true joy in my soul.

But over time, I have learned to do many different things to help…the daylight producing light bulbs are a huge relief, getting outside and actually working my body helps, just getting outside helps…my worst thing for me is mild depression ( a feeling of being inexpressibly sad)  and a subtle form of anxiety.

Nothing earth shattering —I can still function and move forward within my day. I am NOT a clinical case…if you are wondering.

As I’ve aged I realize that depression is lifted from being outside and viewing the world through my camera. Taking photos give me great joy…and that makes me feel renewed.

Surrounding myself in color is another thing that lifts me up. I even use Christmas lights all year, changing the colors to match the month…Blue for January, Red for February, Green for March, Purple for April, White for May, June, July, August, Gold for September and October, Multi-colored for November and December.  I change the colors in my house also (just the table clothes and paper flowers to match the color of the month).   That way I have color inside that matches the stunning colors of outdoors.

And paying attention to all those delightful and marvelous living ‘things’ which populate our earth; showing me that each day is a wonder and each day moves us toward another day, which then moves us toward a hint of spring, even if the day we are in (like today) is a firm reminder we are still in  winter with cold winds and heavy drifting clouds.

WHEW!  That was a LONG sentence!

Well, I apologize from baring my soul to you…but if you suffer from SAD maybe my 70 years of experience on how to help maybe just might help you.

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From my heart to your world,

Linda

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Everything Normal for January — Sunday, January 13, 2019

Each day is a typical January day for our part of the high desert plains of Colorado

We were in the slush and slog of a quiet winter melt

When Saturday morning we woke up to a wee lovely snow

Enough Terry thought he would take a small ride down the long, long lane to the county road

Beaglie and I went for walk up the farm to the haystack are and back

Later in the afternoon, the sun came out and what was once a snow-packed road became a road of melt

The result by the ending of the day…we were back to  MELT!!  (Mud)

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

There is Still Magic in the World—-Monday, December 31, 2018

‘There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on.  It makes you believe you are special.”—-Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I’m Home

For after all

 

What is a Miracle?

 

But another word for Magic?

(WE GOT MORE SNOW!!)

From my world to your heart!
Linda

 

The Weather Lately; Sweet, Unsettling, Enchanting—Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Amazing things can happen through difficult circumstances.  It is not the difficulty that decides the quality of your life: it is how you respond to it.”–Amy Lee Grant, Christian Gospel Singer

I am not a fan of winter.  Those dreary dark days (of very short sunlight), BUT we have been so terribly dry here for the last great while, that SNOW is an amazing blessing

We had a million, or trillion, little flakes fall down during the night the day before Christmas Eve

And more magical snow last night on Christmas Day.

Our world is enchanting.

Also dripping and melting and WET!

But I’m not complaining…I am feeling very blessed.  For if we have snow here

There is snow in the mountains.

And snow in the mountains means water next year!

Your friend on a western on a western Colorado farm

Linda

A Small and Welcome Snow—Monday, December 3, 2018

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a Magical Event.  You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not Enchantment, then where is it to be found?—J.B. Priestley

The day is still cold enough the remnants of last night’s small snow is staying on the ground

We have been so terribly dry that even this small snow is a wonderful gift.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

The Weather Turned Sideways—-Sunday, December 2, 2018

The wind blew in a mass of clouds, thick white heavy clouds Friday day

The clouds sat down ponderous and full — allowing not one shadow to appear

Then later that night, the air developed into little dashes of snow

After which the drops turned to rain

When we woke the next morning we only had ice like snow.

But that is okay…it’s better than nothing!

Today there is moisture in the air again, although it feels too cold to snow at the moment.

All it needs to do is warm up just smidge and we will have snow!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Wings in the Air — Thursday, November 29, 2018

The sky is full of sounds

And color — storms play around us

There fun little birds flowing between here and there

The shadows cast by their little feathery bodies is more than a delight to me

The rain and the

snow shimmer here and there (we only got snow one day here and it was gone by noon)

And sometimes…there are other wings beating the air!

From my heart to your world,

Linda

 

The Return of Winter—-Thursday, May 18, 2017

We went from summer-like weather

To radically dropping temperatures and snow!

All within one day!  Yesterday the little hummingbirds sucked the feeders dry and I refilled them twice in one day.  Look at that poor wet little thing.

Wet and cold.

Today is a continuation of yesterday, then by tomorrow this winter storm will gradually move out to replaced with much warmer weather by Sunday.

Sure is a bad deal.

Our hope is the crops make it through…the hay was just starting to bloom, the corn up, my garden and flowers all planted….

Only time will tell.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—-Friday Update

We had a winter storm come in on Tuesday.  What a long boring day that was….the cats and I slept most the day.

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Then Wednesday we had SUNSHINE!

sunset

Beautiful SUNSHINE!

And Thursday!

And TODAY!

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Early morning the birds still look like its cold.

robin

The storm blew in a pair of Robin’s!  Mom was ecstatic!  I didn’t get it, they were just Robins.  But Mom was happy so I was too!

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I got in huge trouble because I brought in a fresh afterbirth.  I had just brought it onto the lawn when Mom saw me.  Grabbed the really yummy thing and hauled it to the burn barrel.

Bummer!

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Mom, Dad, and I do a daily calf run.  I Love Going on the Four-Wheeler! I just love it!  I’m safe up there, from those old mean momma cows, and I can see and sniff to my heart’s content, without having to walk!

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Mom and Dad are still cutting and hauling and stacking wood.  Three loads a day.  Although, they don’t go if the weather is snowing.

Just a minute…..

scratch

Scratch, scratch…I’ve got an itch!!!

OH!

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MAILMAN!!!

GOTTA RUN!
BOOMER

 

 

 

And Then the Snow and Wind Came—Wednesday, March 1, 2017

morningWe woke to wind.  Howling wind and then the snow started

snow-005And it was cold and miserable.

Sigh!

napLots of naps were taken

sam-in-the-sunLazing around on the sofa

mindy-in-the-windwoUntil some of us became extremely bored and had to do SOMETHING!
hummmmmSo Boomer, Mom and Mindy had to go for a walk.  It was just too hard hanging inside all day long.

sunshineBy the afternoon the sun came out and the snow flew away to regions just north of us.

Today is warmer, calmer and drier.

Which is a very good thing.  We still have lots of wood to cut, haul and stack!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda