Friday, January 14, 2011

"she's not in right now..."

I'm trying with all my might to NOT let cabin fever take over. For as many winters as I've had, I should be used to the lull that is January through April. But I'm really quite tired of coats, hats, gloves, boots, ice, rain, freezing rain, snow, driving in snow, sliding in snow, rock salt, ice scrapers, defrosters, heaters, furnaces, etc.

But once I get over myself & accept it, it really is beautiful...

So to distract me from me, I focus on others. I got my Winter Photo Swap (sponsored by The Sweet Light) picture all ready to go! Hope the person on the receiving end will be pleased. Fingers crossed. I can't wait to see the collection of everyone's view of winter in their corner of the planet. I'm also preparing my cards for the RAK (random act of kindness) forget.me.not (sponsored by the Necessary Room). Good, good stuff :-)

Thelma & Louise? I hope so. My mama wants to move about the country & I need to so bad, I could scream out loud. I haven't had a 'proper' vacation in FIFTEEN years! Nothing more than 2 days here & there. Isn't that simply awful? I've become so 'zombie-tized' & robotic. Two possible travel destinations: Driving down to Charleston, SC, or taking the train to L.A. I'm so crazy with the need to get away, that I can hardly focus on either trip w/out serious sensory overload at just the thought. Calm down & breathe, Tracey...



In the meantime, while I 'wait' for the road or rail trip, this works for me ...

My 'special inner retreat' let's me go to places like this. Doesn't this look oh, so cozy? I can see myself there w/my books, magazines, journals, pads of paper, pens, markers, rubber stamps, cards, stationary, coffee, tea, no cell, radio or TV. It would make a fabulous silent weekend getaway. Sigh...


Random: Did courtesy die? I only mention that after going to the salon & watching how the ladies interacted with each other. When I go, I rarely get a greeting from anyone other than the girl that 'does' my hair - including the other stylists. While I watch, every women in the place sits still as stone, staring straight ahead. There is no warmth, no 'girls club' thing going on. Even when I compliment someone on their hair, it seems to be all they can do to crack their mouth a fourth of an inch to mumble, 'thanks' while they admire themselves.


Seems folks are so drawn inward. I love greeting folks with a smile & a hello. I always have. So it puzzles me when people don't return the common courtesy. What happened to 'hello, thank you, please & excuse me?' Are we really that uncomfortably rude to each other or has courtesy fallen by the wayside? Clearly, not enough people have an inner kingdom... :-)




Pictures by: me :-) (snow branch & faces. the faces are downtown in our art district)

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