Friday, January 17, 2014

Brightening These Dreary Days




by Willow Vanderling from the Threadville Mysteries by Janet Bolin

We have to face it. In the Northern hemisphere at this time of year, we don’t have much sunshine and blue sky. We have dark, we have gray, and we have drab. The best we can hope for is a nice, pretty snowfall. (And I know—not everyone loves those.)

Here are a dozen things I might try this winter:
 

1. Force some Spring bulbs. I love Paperwhite Narcissus.

2. Buy a pineapple and share it with friends.

3. Start a new sewing project with pastel summer fabrics.

4. Knit a pair of socks (I don’t know how, but have decided to learn!)

 5. Visit an indoor garden, flower shop, or public conservatory.

 6. Bundle up warmly and go for a long walk, preferably to a dog park where I can watch dogs run and play  with my two dogs.

 7. Make a favorite recipe from my childhood. I’m thinking macaroni and cheese…

 8. Paint a room or simply splash color on pieces of paper. I bought a big, big box of crayons and some water colors.

 9, Put on a blouse or sweater that I love but haven’t worn recently.

10. Spend an entire day reading.

11. Set a pretty table, complete with an extravagant floral centerpiece and tall candles.

12. Go where no one can hear me (the shower or the beach?) and sing. Loudly.


What do you do to cheer yourself and others during the darkest days of the year?


You can read about how Willow solves a murder in the latest Threadville Mystery, THREAD AND BURIED. Read the first chapter here.

Janet Bolin’s first Threadville Mystery, DIRE THREADS, was nominated for both an Agatha Award for Best First novel and for the 2012 Bony Blithe Award. The second in the series, THREADED FOR TROUBLE, was nominated for the 2013 Bony Blithe Award.

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Janet's next Threadville Mystery, NIGHT OF THE LIVING THREAD, comes out next June, and can be pre-ordered now from these booksellers.  

10 comments:

  1. I've read the first two Threadville mysteries and am looking forward to the 3rd. It is hard to be cheery during these dark and cold days of January. A good book always fits the spot. Other ideas are doing some embroidery or cleaning a closet, t hough its hard to get ambitious about the last idea. Stay warm!

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    1. I agree about the embroidery and the books. And cleaning a closet could be a way to stay warm . . .

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  2. Read a good book and enjoy not feeling guilty because you aren't doing yard work.

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    1. No yard work! That's true. I do have sidewalks to shovel, though, But I don't mind (well, except when there's too much snow...) because the ground looks prettier white than bare, I think.

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  3. I usually put on some upbeat music, maybe something with a Latin beat! Love the new cover.

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    1. And Lizzie, you can sing even where people can hear you! Yay!

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  4. I have been craving ice cream but not wanted to venture out in the cold to get it. I think I see a Hot Fudge Sundae in my near future to get me in a summer mood!

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    1. What a great idea, Susie. I might consider the hot fudge without the (brrr!) ice cream. ;-)

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  5. I've read the first book in this series and loved it! =)
    So many great ideas to cheer myself up during the dark days of winter! I think making a favorite recipe and curling up with a good book are my favorites!

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    1. Thank you, Melissa. I hope you also eat the food you made :-) Let me know next time you make it. I'll be over...

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