Author: angiem, 01 09th, 2013

The minute January 6th is over, and I take down the Christmas trees, I am done with winter. January’s a tough month. Possibly my least favorite month of the year. The older I get, the more I hate the cold. The older I get, the more I hate the rain, the grey skies, the fact that summer is a long, long way off.

It’s in January, usually on our morning walk to our favorite coffee shop, that my husband and I resurrect our daydream of moving to warmer places. You know, places like Miami or Scottsdale or San Diego. Places where the eternal mists of the Pacific Northwest winters are absent. Where the sun caresses the skin and warms the pavement beneath our feet. Where the flowers are the deepest magenta and the air smells like lemons.

And then we get inside the warmth of the coffee shop, and we think: we can’t leave this place. We laugh at our complains. To live in constant sunshine and the whir of air conditioners? That’s not for us! Not yet, anyway. We can wait until we retire. So we sip our cappuccinos and nibble on our croissants, say hello to the regulars who stop by our table, and admit to each other that we have a pretty good life here. A loving family, great friends, wonderful neighbors, jobs that we enjoy, a creative community we’re part of. Quite a lot to give up for a bit of blue sky.

I guess we’ll stay put for the moment. Have more coffee, more croissants, read another book, start another painting, work a little harder. Because life is beautiful. Right here. Right now. Now if January would just hurry up and be done with.


22 Responses to “january”

  1. Gina Says:

    Hi Angie. I just got on Facebook and saw that you posted. I wanted to be the first to comment lol. Great pic of your son and husband. It’s so nice to read about someone who finds themselves content. I’m so over so much negativity!

  2. Susan Deborah Says:

    Dear Angie:

    A post here always makes me smile.
    How lovely the two in the photograph look! I like winter for winters in India are a treat in comparison to the very very hot days of summer. I think you will like Indian winters which are more or less like your summers!

    Hope all is well with you and yours. Wishing you a blessed and fulfilling 2013.

    Joy always,

  3. Jeanne Henriques Says:

    Angie…I always love seeing one of your posts…they make me feel good. You have done it again. Friends, neighbors, community, blue skies, croissants, books, painting…life is beautiful. Indeed it is.
    Many thanks for your lovely comment…:)
    Jeanne xx

  4. Lori Says:

    It’s actually so wonderful that you have that feeling that you are in the place where you should be. We all dream of sunnier skies, but in the end, these dreams are just meant to remain dreams and warm up just our imagination. I like to put in roots where I live and find it hard to think about moving, although this place where we are now is by no means ideal. But if we ever move, it will be close by. As harsh and interminable as New England winters can be, I wouldn’t want to be in a place without seasons.

  5. Corinne Says:

    I know that feeling well… your description of the elusive warm place with the scent of lemon has me daydreaming :) I think the daydreaming and longing for warmth help in the winter. In August the winters seem appealing, but man… in the midst of it… I just want more vitamin D and a warm breeze or two! Enjoy your coffee house and the company!

  6. Ms. Moon Says:

    What a beautiful love poem to your life!

  7. SJ Says:

    I love where you live. I so want to visit again!!

  8. Ava Says:

    I can’t stand the cold either. I bitch about it a lot even when I know I won’t move anywhere else then where I am already now. Don’t give up the daydream in my case daydreams keep me going.

  9. Ruth Says:

    I can’t stand January!! But you should consider buyin a vacation home here in California! There’s some great towns that have walkable areas that aren’t big cities. Such as Santa Barbara, La Jolla, Redlands, Temecula (So Cal wine country!), napa, Sonoma, San Luis Obipso, Tiburon, Sausalito, Monterey/Carmel….and it’s all got that wonderful Mediterranean climate, scenery, and smells (without the century old villages of course but still magical places). Then when you need a whiff of winter head up to a mountain town to get your fix.

  10. Ruth Says:

    I realize that the list contains places with pricey real estate but you only live once…

  11. Jena Says:

    I was just reading the comments and had to comment on a comment ha!!! :D
    Ruth makes a good point about a second home but not in California!! California is beautiful but its earthquake land!!! Not in Scottsdale either you are to liberal and opinionated to live there. You won’t be happy there. I can’t see you in Miami either!! Remember you wrote once that you like to be at the beach when the weather is stormy?! I don’t think you meant hurricane by that!!!

  12. bunny Says:

    Oh sweet Angie I love your writing and your love of life. I too feel it harder to embrace the cold the older I get especially if its damp out….We seem to find beauty in the every day moments so much more as we get older. Cheers to a lovely Spring may it come upon us sooner than later….I can almost smell the lemons and flowers in the air…xoxo Bunny

  13. Ruth Says:

    And I forgot Pasadena! You would love it there, too. But you have a strong point. There is no place like home, especially when you do love your hometown. It’s how we feel, too. Anytime you get winter blues or cabin fever, feel free to come on down and enjoy some sunshine and warmth. Love you guys!!!

  14. angiem Says:

    We love you too, Ruth. Lots and lots and lots!

  15. Christie Says:

    I understand your grey sky blues. I always have to remind myself of the gorgeous green Summers we are rewarded with after the long cold Winters (and sometimes Springs) here.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reminding me of the blessings that are around me right where I am, I think I’ll stay put awhile too. :)
    Happy 2013 my dear!

  16. Francesca Says:

    Happy 2013 Angie!
    I’d move to a warmer place, a place with one or two seasons (spring and summer) in a second, because I know that my life would be even better there! :)
    My least favorite month is March - by then, I really have had enough of winter!

  17. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita Says:

    It’s been a gray few days on the east coast too. I won’t trade my home for anywhere, but it sure would be nice to visit someplace warm and sunny just for a few days!

  18. Susu Paris Chic Says:

    Sweet New Year!

    I hate winter, too. Even more now that I’m in the rude cold Canadian climate. But like you said, there’s also beauty in staying and putting up with it, and fighting… one cup at a time!

  19. audrey Says:

    sigh! really wonderful! thank you for sharing this slice of heaven…


    (i sent you a wee email:)

  20. Vicki Archer Says:

    Enjoying the moment… in the moment… that is an art… and you have mastered it Angie…
    Sunshine is only one element of life… Enjoy your weekend… xv

  21. Relyn Says:

    I actually like January - new beginnings and all that. It’s February I can not abide.

  22. Relyn Says:

    Hi, Angie. I was just rereading an old, old blog post and its comments. In it, you told me about your ninth birthday, your red shoes, your mom… all of it was so lovely, I wanted to come and thank you again for sharing it.

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