Winning, writing and winter blahs

I’ve heard several people say February is such a long month that drags out Winter and feels so blah. Really?

February is the shortest month we have, and even though this is Leap Year with 29 days instead of 28, it’s still our shortest month.  We can do this! 

Here is what I did in anticipation of Spring and to help myself get through Winter:

countdown to Spring






As you can see, that was February 13, so we’re closer now. Yay!  (I’ll soon set up a countdown timer on my blog, too.)

At the Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meeting last week one of the men who attends brought roses for Valentine’s Day and gave them to all the ladies in attendance. Isn’t that sweet? The group is for family members who are caregivers of loved ones: a parent, a spouse, a friend. 

Here’s my rose:

Alz support group








Earlier that day I took Meyya to the groomer who is at the animal hospital/shelter in the veterinarian’s location in town. They were selling tickets on a basket of goodies. All I noticed was a teddy bear in there and I figured there was likely chocolate – which I can’t eat.  No matter, I bought a bunch of tickets because the money was to benefit the animal shelter. Well, on Friday didn’t they call to tell me I WON THE BASKET!!  Wowsers! 

It turned out the teddy bear was this …

gift basket cat







cute, soft, little cat. 

In the basket with it: a gift certificate from a local diner, two bottles of wine, some healthy things from the healthfood store, and – yes, some chocolates. It was a lovely win and my husband received the chocolates. 🙂 

On another note: because of 12 x 12 in 2016 I am focusing more on my writing. I’ve completed the second revision of the story (picture book) I wrote in January, but I haven’t written a new story for this month. Even so, I’m so glad I signed on. I’ve benefited already. And my own private writing coach is super helpful and insightful. 

For me personally, February is a good month so far. I still have some things to take care of, which I plan to finalize this month, to free up a little more time and space for my writing. I’ll get there!

What are you doing to dismiss the winter blahs?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂



6 responses to “Winning, writing and winter blahs

  1. Great to hear that your February is off to such a great start. Maybe you should buy a lottery ticket, too! 🙂 I’m in student mode learning how to design an online course, so that’s keeping me busy. A big family dinner to celebrate my son’s and my brother-in-law’s birthday on the 14th is always our fun mid-February treat. Congrats on your progress with 12 x 12. I’m sure a February story is just waiting for you to write it!


    • You have a great project underway there, Heather! I’m sure it will be an excellent course.
      Wouldn’t it be exciting to win the Set For Life lottery? That’s the one I keep thinking would be the most fun and more likely a possibility.
      Thank you for your comment and for the vote of confidence. I’m mulling over a few ideas now for February’s story. 🙂


  2. February in Spain is typically the coldest month but it is so full of celebrations, we don’t hardly notice. There is Chinese New Year, Carnival, St. Valentine’s Day and other family get-togethers. Glad your February is going well. What a great prize!!


  3. Sounds like a fun month! I had my school plays, county band, and this weekend we went to Motorama in Harrisburg.
    I guess February’s a good month this year! 😀


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