Autumn has hit hard here in New England. It seems as if just the other day it was in the 70s and sunny with roses still blooming in the garden -- and then wham! Cold, cold, cold. 2020 strikes again, I suppose.
So what to do to maintain a positive outlook? To keep plugging along when almost everything in the news wears you down? Well, I'm adopting -- or at least will try -- to take the Danish approach of "hygge"!
Earlier this summer I stumbled on Helen Russell's wonderfully funny yet informative book. It was truly fascinating how this little country has the highest rating for happiness, although Russell was quite frank about the "negative" aspects of living Danishly, as well.
But I'm trying to embrace the idea of hygge -- to enjoy the simple, comforting aspects of winter. And with the pandemic flipping into high gear once again, maybe this is the best approach for the coming months. So, I'll be looking to cook more, read more, wrap myself in wooly socks and throws, whip out those knitting needles and crochet hooks to help sustain some type of positivity. How about you? Any plans for survival?
In the meantime, I spent some hours sifting through artwork and such, posting to my Red Bubble store and thought I'd share some shots with you, several of which are colorful and summery in feel.
|Cape Cod Marshes (pastel on paper)|
|A throw pillow to break up the dreary winter months!|| |
|Melon Freefall (acrylic on paper)|| |
|A new journal for 2021?|
|Sail along the Coast (watercolor on paper)|
|Time to get a new apron?|
Nothing like a bit of color and fun to lighten the mood, right? As far as I'm concerned, anything to help get through the coming weeks and months. So, stay warm and keep smiling (even if it is behind your mask). I've always loved this quote. It seems to capture that hygge attitude almost three hundred years earlier --
Barn's burnt down -- now I can see the moon.
Mizuta Masahide, Samurai (1657 - 1723)