Posted by: chlost | January 3, 2011

Hi ho, hi ho, into the winter doldrums we do go

Well, the holidays are over.

Now we only have about 6 months until spring.

This is the hardest time of year.  I know that many people get depressed over the holidays.  I understand that. I can see how it could be depressing.  But the true winter, months of waiting (im)patiently for some green, some warmth, some curbs to reappear, really gets me down.

This year it is going to be worse than usual, as in February, it will be the one year anniversary of my sister’s death. I can already feel the depression coming on.

We have had snow for over a month already. The historically snowiest part of the winter is still ahead of us. How much more could we have this winter? 

I don’t want to know. Surprise me.

When I was a kid, we took spring vacations for a few years. We had several families who would go to Myrtle Beach, SC in April for a week. It was too cold to swim, but we could at least wear light jackets, stay outside for a few hours, and see some grass and possibly some flowers.

As an adult, I’ve never taken a vacation in the time between January and April.  I think I need one this year.  My sister has suggested that we join them in the Keys in February. She and her S.O. are going down. He has a time share in Florida where they stay for a while, then they go to Key West for the rest of their vacation.  I have never been to Florida, neither has my husband. He claims that he won’t like it because of the humidity.

I could use a little humidity this winter.

I’ll be working on making that happen.  I think I might like it there.  Maybe enough that I won’t come back. 

If only that was an option.



  1. We usually try to head to Mexico or Hawaii in January or February; we missed doing that last year and haven’t made any plans this year either. It is nice to escape to a tropical climate that time of year, it recharges your batteries and reminds you that the summer WILL come again.

    • But you live in OREGON! That’s not fair!!!

  2. I think you should take the vacation and get away from the snow. We don’t get snow where I live, but the summers are brutal, so that’s when we choose to get away.

    Good luck fending off winter depression.

  3. Go, go, go! You need the break and to make some new memories for February. I do hope you manage to make this happen.

    One year I managed a week in the Canary Islands in January and that year I never suffered from SAD at all. These changes are so necessary, I wish you luck trying to make it happen:)

    • That kind of vacation sounds wonderful!

  4. Well, it’s time to migrate somewhere. We like it here….and imagine it’s rained so much this year.

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