Winter has finally arrived in Seagrove, NC. The last few days have been cold. Sunday, I awoke to snow flurries. This morning... temperatures in the 20's. Compared to my winters in New Hampshire, this is minor... but I have definitely acclimated to the south. It has been a strain for me to get out to the studio and make pots. I have managed to complete orders, and that one board of sponge holders, but that's about it.
I have gone into hibernation mode.
My preferred place to be is curled up on the sofa with my arsenal of books, pencils, and sketchbook. It usually takes me months to finish a book and I have nearly finished two in the past week. By evening I am ready to move towards the kitchen and cook something warm and soothing for the two of us... rice and beans, a pot of soup, baked macaroni and cheese.
Evenings have been spent curled up in front of the television, Jeff by my side, cat in my lap, streaming "Nurse Jackie" on the television. We have had a couple of marathon nights when we suddenly realized it was 2:00 am and we had better head off to bed.
I realized last week that I do this every January. It's my response to the end of the holiday season and my way of coping with the worry of "how will we pay the bills?" during the slow season.
Today I will be more productive. I have pots to glaze and orders to ship. Once my to-do list is checked off, my book will be waiting.
...and so will Nurse Jackie.