Monday, 19 January 2015

January...

If I was a poet, I'd write some long and dirge-like, something to eek out every inch of biting wind misery and icy rain pain!

I'm not a fan of January. Every year, I think it can't be quite as bad as I remember it... But it is! It's the 19th today, but it feels like I've been in January for at least twice as long as that.

The sky is grey, the heating bills are sky-rocketing, and occasionally I can't even see the end of my road due to some very thick fog.

Worse than that, getting to the end of January is the sole item on my to-do list - so it's not like I'm taking advantage of these 38 hour days by writing more, I'm just passing time.

Sorry for the whinge, I'm off to watch the clock, and possibly to find a kettle to boil.


Please share the good things about January.
And, if you live in the southern hemisphere, what are the good things about your winter?


38 comments:

  1. I will trade you our heat for your cold. What I like about our winter is that we still get clear blue skies and bright sunny days. So even though it is cold, you can still sit outside and enjoy the hot sun. No snow. Hang in there Annalisa.

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    1. I'd happily trade for your heat! I'm a sort of lizard person - I need sun on my skin to warm up. On dark dank days, I stay freezing cold, no matter how many layers I'm wearing.

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  2. The nice thing about January is one has no guilt about sitting indoors and reading a book or binge watching TV shows. There's no yard work to be done, and/or it's too miserable to be ambitious and go on a hike. Bask in January slothdom

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    1. Ah yes, no guilt is a definite plus point for January.

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  3. It's probably about the best time of year here. It's cool/cold but it's usually nice and sunny. We enjoy it as much as we can before the summer sends us into hiding in air conditioned rooms. :)

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    1. I guess we're lucky in that even our hottest summers aren't too hot to live in. Sheltering from the heat sounds so bizarre to an Englishwoman like myself :-)

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  4. January is for playing with all the fun things you got for Christmas while there's not much else going on in the world. It's a good time to catch up on things, too.

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    1. I should really catch up on some good books - my TBR list is overflowing. Good idea, Diane :-)

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  5. I hate January, too. It's so cold here that I barely leave my apartment. The only good thing is that we haven't had too much snow this winter. Yet.

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    1. Oooh, sounds a lot colder than here. Stay warm, and safe, Sarah!

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  6. January is a great time to go skiing! And I have a new book launching in January this year!
    (Actually, that second thing is not so great. I am worried for bad weather on the launch party date.)

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    1. Good luck with your book launch, and the party! I'm not exactly in a skiing area - and if I had the money for a holiday it would be somewhere a lot warmer :-)

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  7. I love that your 'to do' list is just to get through January! Hilarious! Well, one good thing is that the days are starting to draw out a tiny bit - I think it's at least 4.15 now before it starts to get dark! And the spring will soon be here!

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    1. The evenings are getting slightly longer, but I swear the mornings are even darker!

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  8. January isn't bad. I like the cold. And it means football playoffs!

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    1. We're mid football season here - but we do have the end of the transfer window coming soon, so I guess that's something to look forward to. As long as we buy some good players, and keep our great ones!

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  9. I wish I could describe good things about winter, but I live in Chicago, a city known for being cold almost all the time, sighhh...(I still love Chicago, in spite of the cold.) I'll just be glad when I can walk around outside again without worrying about slipping down and falling in the ice/snow.

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    1. Oh yes, I would really struggle in Chicago. Luckily we've avoided the worst of the snowy/icy weather, being so far south.

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  10. You should move to Florida. While we've had some dreary, grey days, it's mostly clear and sunny here. ;)

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    1. That sounds perfect, Chrys. I'll be with you on Sunday ;-)

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  11. My husband was born in January...and we still have those empty notebooks to fill. Put the kettle on and start scribbling!!

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    1. I'm going to be doing some scribbling right after dinner... but with wine :-) I just hope some of the scribbles form words!

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  12. I agree with Chrys. Come to Florida. :)

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  13. Maybe I shouldn't mention that I just took a walk through the beautiful sunset, and the temperature was in the mid 60s (Fahrenheit)... On the plus side, all things end, even January.

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    1. The beautiful sunset sounds lovely. I don't understand Fahrenheit, so I don't know whether to be jealous or not :-)

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  14. Hmm . . . January is the month my daughter was born :-) Plus all my book babies (18 Things, 18 Truths, & 18 Thoughts) have released in January! And since I live in Florida, I don't really have a winter . . . feel free to throw darts at my comment now ;-) Hope the rest of your January flies by!!

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    1. Florida seems to be full of writers - you're the third to comment! January hasn't exactly flown by - it's crawled on its hands and knees and is looking very sorry for itself right now :-(

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  15. We've had a few days of really warm weather. We've gotten out to the park (and the boy got super muddy!). Snow is in the forecast for the weekend, but it was nice to have a break from the dreary gray of January. Think sunny thoughts!

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    1. Yes, I've had a couple of sunny-cold walks with the dog. There is something nice about returning to a warm house and drinking copious cups of tea to warm up.

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  16. I am one of those weirdos who LOVES winter, so January is one of my favorite months :) what can I say? I love snow!!

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    1. We've had snow forecast for the whole of the UK, but I'm hoping I'll avoid it. We usually do, in the south west... fingers crossed!

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  17. I'm another weirdo who likes winter and I think I may be a bit of a vampire because I love the dark. I start whining in July when the sun doesn't set until 10:00 at night. As I said, I know I'm a weirdo LOL. But at least you are more than half way through the month now.

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    1. I love long summer evenings. Sunset at 5pm is very wrong. Yes, you're a little weird, but I get where your novel inspiration comes from now :-)

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  18. While you're freezing over there, we're baking this side of the globe!
    The beauty of out winter is that the coldest day is equivalent to your mild summer day. How's that?
    Hope you feel warmer soon!

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    1. Oh, Michelle, your weather is so tempting!

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  19. Hmm...I can't think of too many good things to write about January I'm afraid, possibly that its a chance to begin again, pursue new things, and motivate yourself. Time to make a plan for the better days that are ahead?



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  20. January in Arizona is all about perfect weather here in Arizona, not to make you jealous or anything, just to share my reality. Come summer, I'll be complaining about the heat and high air conditioning bills, so I'll feel your pain in a few months, when it's too hot to do anything but go outside just long enough to get in the pool and cool off, only to hurry back into the house where it's cool. Hope your winter has warmed up a bit and that your February is going really well. Heard Mr. Groundhog saw his shadow today, so all I can do is wish all my winter friends warmth in spite of what may turn into a very long winter.

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