Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hibernation


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.

Comfort food.

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.


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  1. I tried productive earlier today. Warm won instead.

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  2. It was 11 F here last night; have you read that book? I'll look it up to see the reviews and what it's about. I made a batch of black eyed peas and earlier this week split pea soup. I'm searching out new venues to sell my work this month to get me through the lean winter months.

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    1. Linda, The book is about a woman's solo hike on Pacific Crest Trail and the life path that led her there. I first saw the movie, it was slow and I slept through much of it. A friend gave me the book to read, she loved it. I have had it for months, not really wanting to read it since the movie didn't thrill me. The book starts a little slow but once I was into, I haven't been able to put it down.

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  3. This is the season for hibernation. Wild is a good book, enjoy.

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    1. I am enjoying the book, I should be done by tonight!

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  4. I enjoyed the book too. Had an adventure about keeping warm this morning, and am now happily powered back up with heat. Yes, take time to curl up and regroup.

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  5. Nurse Jackie.......finished it last week....

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  6. Wild was a great movie :) Funny, as bad as January's weather is, you do find yourself relaxed after the rush :)

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  7. I'm just into the first season of Nurse Jackie. I don't know what took me so long to find it. I like it. Are other seasons good?

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    1. Ron - Jeff and I are hooked! I think we are now at the end of season 5. Still staying up way too late watching. A friend recommended it a couple of years ago but I wasn't interested. We started to watch it when we were caught up with Selfridge and were looking for something new.

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