People who aren’t that familiar with New Mexico are often surprised to find out that we get snow. We do! In Albuquerque, snow accumulation is rarely more than 2-4 inches at a time but I do remember one winter storm in which we had 11 inches fall in one day. I’m glad that doesn’t happen very often though. I’m not a huge fan of the white stuff. Sure it’s pretty when it’s fresh on the ground. Peaceful to look at if you are fortunate enough to be at home all warm and cozy! But this city usually goes a bit loco when it’s snowy. Let’s just say not many people know how to drive in snowy conditions around here and if there is any ice, things just pretty much shut down. This winter we haven’t had much snow in the city but we have had a LOT of rain! We always need that moisture for sure. Of course, rain in the city means snow on the mountains. Yesterday I snapped this picture of the Sandia Mountains. This is where I like to see snow – on a mountaintop. Hah! Still, I have to say all the rain and cold put me in a melancholy mood.
I’ve always found January to be a bit perverse. It’s the start of a new year filled with new hopes and fresh starts. Sounds good, right? Maybe. But let’s back up a bit here. When the year starts to come to an end, it is filled with so many good things. Autumn hits and it’s all about good food, parties, gift exchanges, and peace on earth. I mean, what’s not to love about the holidays? Things start off with a bountiful feast at Thanksgiving. It seems that my Facebook feed and all the magazines I receive are filled with recipes for decadent desserts and all the wonderful trimmings for a fabulous meal. Things quickly escalate as we hit the Christmas season. I love the way it seems the whole world is transformed. Holly. Poinsettias. Christmas trees. Lights. Silver bells. Carols. Santa. Creches. You name it, I love it all. So many wonderful things to close out the year. More magazines and internet articles with recipes, homemade gift ideas, decorating ideas, stories of hope and giving. I even find myself wishing for snow (even though I hate it) because I want a white Christmas! Ah yes, Christmas time is glorious. And then when it’s over, closing out the year watching the ball drop in Times Square and feeling determined to keep those New Year’s resolutions past February!
And here is where things get a bit perverse. The January magazines in my mail now have articles about diets, exercise, and low-fat meals. All the stores are now filled with plastic bins to get organized! There are endless articles about decluttering and ads for help with your tax return. I mean, it’s just cruel. Sure, I think it’s important to try to be healthy and organized, but coming off December’s decadence, it’s like a slap in the face. And now the snow that seemed so peaceful and white is just all brown and slushy. January is harsh. It’s cold! Spring seems a long way off. No wonder so many people fail to keep their resolutions. It’s tough to stay upbeat. It got me thinking about an old movie, Stripes, starring Bill Murray. He has a really bad day and says “And then depression set in.” I don’t know why this sticks in my head but it does. It’s hilariously Bill Murray though and somehow it puts a smile on my face.
So if you are feeling the January doldrums set in, remember to be good to yourself. Have resolutions or goals you are working on? Great! If you got some exercise today and ate a healthy meal, you deserve kudos. Did you mark something off that to-do list? Wonderful! Did you get that bathroom cleaned up? Come clean mine! Hah! But seriously, I think we should also make time to rejuvenate our spirit. Whatever “fills your cup”, set aside some time to do it. Go ahead and put up your feet – binge watch a few episodes of that show you’ve been meaning to watch, buy something totally fun with that gift card you got for Christmas, eat a cookie, or just do something you know will make you happy. And if you are so inclined, let me know what you did!