Thursday, January 27, 2011


This won't be a long post because there is absolutely nothing going on in my life. The days are supposed to be shorter but they feel long...even the dogs seem bored. No reason to run out, no errands, no lunch dates. The kids have been around, but they always seem to be rushing off someplace. This is true cabin fever.
And yes, these are Christmas ornaments, but I left them up because they reminded me of Valentine's Day, which is just around the corner. I have added a touch of red here and there to get in the mood. It goes well with all the white outside...more of which is coming down as I write.
I have plenty to keep me busy. I cleaned all morning long {even though the cleaning ladies were here this week} and I can bake or make dinner ahead of time, or organize, watch a movie, browse through seed catalogs and plan my garden. I can sort through boxes that I brought home from my Dads house. Do you know he saved my postcards, letters and cards? He was so sweet. I need some motivation, maybe I'll just take a long, hot bath.
The Husband is leaving on a business trip. Is it still called business if it is in Florida? I was invited to go but I'm not really one to bum around all day by myself. I could really use some retail therapy though, a little time on the beach. I think more vacations should be taken during the winter, summers are overrated.
Not to get off the subject of boredom, I wanted to tell you that daughter Abby is painting her room. This necklace matches the color she picked out. She also bought a black comforter that reverses to gray and some pillows. I think she may be on to something with this color combo. I was a little disappointed at first that she wanted to paint as I did her room a while ago in a pretty shade of yellow with nice pops of teenage color. But it will be interesting to see what she does. I can always close the door.

Well, I think I need to get busy and snap out of it. What have all of you been doing to snap out of the winter doldrums? It really is hard to have a positive outlook all the time. And this is my journal, so there!

Have a good one! :-)


stefanie said...

oh, you should go soak up that sunshine!!!!

Unknown said...

I'd beat him to the airport ... so love that necklace!

We had a fabulous blizzard yesterday, 15" of that gorgeous fluffy stuff ... yippee!

Have a great day ~

Terra said...

I understand your cabin fever; I have started to get spring fever which is a somewhat related condition.
I treated it yesterday without a doctor LOL, by buying a 6 pack of strawberries and a 6 pack of lettuce to plant in my vegetable garden. California tempts the gardener to plant early.

Anonymous said...

Hi Janie! Oh, your redness looks wonderful! Just stay inside and keep warm. I can't imagine having all of that snow.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh dear Jane....sorry you have a little case of the solution.....hummm...I try not to shop via the internet but I do seem to redecorate my house with Junk er "Stuff" I have on hand. (O: Seems to help the time fly then in now time I'm back to my somewhat cheery self.



Anonymous said...

Even the dogs seem bored. That's funny! I hear ya! January is so blah!

My husband travels for work, also. Florida sounds like a nice place to be right about now.

That necklace is gorgeous! You should wear it to Florida :)

Take care,

Theresa said...

Oh dearie, we can't all be chipper ALL the time and YES it is your journal! I am mostly OK staying in when I CAN get out but that week when I was stuck... I REALLY wanted to get out!

Love the color your daughter picked, can't wait to see how it turns out! My granddaughter is itching to paint her room too but she wants to sling paint everywhere to make abstract walls... not thinking my daughter is gonna let her do that:)

Hope you have a blessed day whatever you decide to do! Hop aboard with the hubby to tag along! HUGS! said...

Why not pack up a little suitcase and go on the trip? The sunshine will do you good and shopping will too:) We just got another foot of snow last night. So I am going to just continue doing things inside that I won't want to do in the Spring. And I also found some new excercises to try.Hope your week gets better:) The red ornaments are so cheerful and perfect for Valentines day.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie! I wish you had come because I would have found you and bummed around with you. I would love to go shopping with you.



April said...

I'd do just about ANYTHING to get down to Florida about now! In fact, we might have that opportunity...Brittany runs this weekend in Gainesville, so we might go see her! :) I can't wait to see what your daughter does to her MUST post pictures!

White and Rust said...

I like the red touches, and the blue looks necklace is a pretty color!

White and Rust said...

Meant to say, the blue necklace is a pretty color

Lynn said...

You could make some valentines.
Nah. Go for the bath!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I would be packing my bags pronto!

We have a horrid storm here in Maryland right now but at least my power is still on.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that necklace!


vintage girl at heart said...

wish i could meet ya for a sunny vaca!
we have had a mild winter so fare but still feels pretty bluesy!! ;(
love your red my be onto something!
smile :)!

Karen said...

I'm feeling like a slug lately with all the cold and snow. I've been cleaning out stuff and re-organizing other stuff and quite frankly I'm done with it.

Your daughter's color combo might look very sophiticated!...

Unknown said...

I could have written this post. Too much snow and too many days housebound and I am longing for spring. Hoping it comes soon for both of us Jane :)

Speaking of painting (love your daughter's blue) I have some planned projects but haven't found the gumption to get them started. Maybe soon.


Maryrose said...

You definitely need a shopping trip. I vote Florida...a little shopping, maybe a movie and some good warm sunshine and husband time.

Love the colors your daughter is choosing for her room, I hope you keep us posted on the progress.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I have been cooped up in the house except for my twice weekly theraphy, because while this shoulder is healing I can't drive. I do have cabin fever big time. I would love to go out thrifting and antiquing for the day. Or work on mosaics, paint some furniture - any of the things I am not allowed to do at the moment.

I think you should go to Florida! Spend time on the beach, go shopping, have a pina colada!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Oh, Jane, I know so well how you feel! Almost every January I feel that way! There is so much to be done and so much I want to do BUT....nothing I FEEL like doing, except sleep and laze around....makes me feel terribly lazy and guilty! A few days in FL w/sun and sea could be just the inspiration you need! I, too, do not like "bummin'" around by myself...but...if there were a beach or a pool nearby w/plenty of sun....I could get lost in a few books and magazines til hubby was ready to take me somewhere spectacular for dinner!!!! Be kind to yourself and set little tiny goals with big rewards for each day...hmmph..I should take my own advice, huh?! ;-D
Go take a beautiful bubble bath!
;-D Kathleen

Anonymous said...

The new paint color sounds wonderful...beautiful necklace.

Love your punch of red.

We prefer cool weather vacations to Summer vacations.:-)

Low Tide High Style said...

I hear you about having cabin fever and wanting something to do that doesn't involve cold weather! I bought myself two big bunches of tulips and that helped pick me up. I've been stuck here working and when we do go outside we have to deal with either rain, snow, or slush, ugh! I would have met you in Florida to shop, hehe!

That's so very sweet that your father saved your postcards and notes. And your daughter's room sounds like it will be beautiful, I can't wait to see it!

I hope today is bright and sunny and that you're able to get out and do something fun!

Kat :)

Unknown said...


Love your red and white for Valentine's Day. It looks perfect. I am also having a hard time finding motivation to clean the house, put things away, and go on errands. I make a list and try to get at least one or two things done. We are having beautiful weather and I just want to be outside.

So touching that your Dad saved your postcards. Feel the love.

Sarah said...

Jane, a long soak in a hot bath sounds refreshing, but I think you need to rethink the travel plans. A few days at the beach would be a great refresher. ;-)
I don't get cabin fever in the winter because we have such mild weather. I take a daily walk in the brisk air, run errands, work on projects - nothing too exciting.
Hope you perk up. ~ Sarah


Ah, Jane, I was just like this yesterday . . . today I "made" myself start with an exercise video (only 15 mins) and a little I think I needed the rest yesterday.

I love the red in your home. . . so pretty and cheery.

Happy Valentines Day, (early)



Anonymous said...

You should go with your hubby to Floria, Jane, and get a little sunshine! That will help you snap out of the winter doldrums!
I'm ALWAYS closing my daughter's bedroom doors... I have no luck keeping them the way I want them... haha!
Try to have a great weekend coming up, girl!
Jo :)

p.s. Oh... and could you send the cleaning ladies over to my house next... pleeeeease. ;-)

Kathy@ Gone North said...

OH, I hear ya girl... my husband is where it is warm & I decided to stay home...What was I thinking??
But like you, I know how it goes.. he works all day, has dinners at night, & I would be invited, but don't know these folks..I would just have to find something to it would be shopping or casinos... I decided to stay home, save the money & do some catch up... but so far, no catching up.. :) Here I sit with the winter blahs... ( my christmas is still somewhat up : )
I guess I had better get to it...
Go take a bath, read a good book... put some lights on & pretend it is sunshine...:)
Spring is on the way...
(we should have met half way for lunch while husbands are gone... I could use a good trip to Chicago : )

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

My hubs called today and asked me what was exciting. All I had was I made the bed....I feel your pain. I have no car so that is totally cramping my style.

Go with your hubby....I sure would. Window shop and be in the warmth!!

Maggie said...

Janie, get thee to Florida!
Soak up some rays, enjoy some retail therapy, and all will be tickety boo once again.

Brenda Pruitt said...

That shade she's painting her room looks a lot like my garden room paint color. Sort of what I call a "stormy sky blue." I love those white candlesticks!

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, a nice hot bath sounds soothing and relaxing... when the winter blues get me down, I grab my garden journal and seed catalogs that have arrived in the mail and go to work planning my gardens, reading what was blooming last year, daydreaming about the warmth of the sun and the first day I will wear my new sandals... always perks me up! to you... xoxo Julie Marie PS A new purse seems to do wonders for me too!... a Spring one to look for!...

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I need a pop of color in my life right now also. I would so be on the way to Florida!!

Kathleen said...

Same here. Another 16 in fell last night on top of what we had. Even if I could get out for some retail therapy, there is no where to park. 5 spaces then a mountain of snow that takes up 50 spaces. Nothing has melted since the big storm at Cmas.
So I too feel blah.
Go play with your dishes and do a table. That always occupies me for a few hours!
Spring will come, it always does. Just way too much snow this year!

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...


jazzy said...

J'aime beaucoup venir te rendre visite! un petit bonjour de France!
Si tu veux venir me rendre visite :

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
Grab your flip flops, pack your bag and head to Florida. You can get in lots of retail therapy and maybe it will be warm enough to lounge by the pool.


Debbiedoos said...

I hear ya Jane! I would go though, just some little time in the sunshine would make a world of difference. I love the color your daughter is painting her room...very pretty. Reminds me of the beach!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

I would sooo have cabin fever if I were in your shoes. But it is good you are finding things to do and sorting through your fathers boxes. That is so sweet about him saving your letters. I have to say though, I think if I were in your shoes I'd be hopping on that plane w/the hubs if it's not too late. Can't wait to see the daughters new room!

Charlene said...

I think you should go to Florida to escape the COLD! Surely there are blogger buddies to bum with down there!!!1 HUGS!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I know exactly what you are talking about...I have not been out of the house since Tuesday. My husband has been out of town on business at a ski resort...does that count as business trip?? This was in Pennsylvania and they got a ton of snow. He did manage to get out today and is on his way home as I type this. I have just been blah, but like you I got some cleaning done. I washed all my china and washed down my hutch. Tomorrow I volunteer at the hospital so I will force myself to leave the house. If I were you I would have gone to Florida with your husband. I went last year with my husband but my sister lives down there so we got to spend some time together. It was nice but COLD! Maybe your hot bath will get you motivated. Till then, stay warm!~Hugs, Patti

Kerry said...

It's hard to imagine all that snow here in our summer..not that we've had much of one! I have spent the last entire two days reading and ignoring everything else. It's done me a world of good :) Hope you're feeling a bit better soon, but if not...just go with the relaxing flow :)

KTW said...

This could be my own post. I'm feeling a little dreary these days myself. And it isn't really that I'm tired of snow or cold temps. I just need some sunshine! It can be cold and snowy and still have sunshine! Hopefully soon.

I think the bedroom will look really nice. I like the necklace and it sounds like the comforter will go well with that color. Hope you'll post pics!

Now....SMILE! :) And plan a shopping trip. That will help. ;)

Linda said...

I like the red ornaments!
I guess 'blue' is in the air....
I am so there myself! Can't seem to get well and am worn out with trying! I see the weather in your area is SO winter! Once the sun comes out perhaps you will bounce back! We must remind ourselves...
"and it came to pass...." It doesn't come to STAY!

NanaDiana said...

Hey Blondie!!! You are bored and you have been offered a trip to Florida? C'mon girl...pack that bag and head out. Of course if he is in land-locked FL that is not so much fun...but is there a BEACH there somewhere? I am not going this winter for the first time in years and I am feeling just a tad bummed about it myself.

Love the color that your daughter picked for her it kind of a blued grey? Or is it a true grey..or a true blue? Pictures are always so hard to really tell, aren't they?

Well, I hope you snapped out of your doldrums and did something fun for the day...and you know, it IS okay to have a day like that once in a where don't do anything really except just BE...

Hope your night is wonderful- xxoo Diana

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

I know how you feel! We don't have snow on the ground, but it's been COLD and gloomy. Today,the sun came out and was a little warmer. I am counting the days til Spring!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Winters are tough when you can't get out as much. I have to go to work four days a week which may not be a bad thing. I have to mention that I really, really love your lace in the window! I think your daughter's room sounds like it will be sophisticated. You should post before and after photos. Take care, Connie

Olive said...

Hi Jane, I have bought bulbs to plant after the last frost. I have been reading a lot of novels and therefore not blogging but sometimes I do that. I am weary of all the grey and brown vistas outside. I have lots of plans but very little to show for them. Hugs♥O

Elaine said...

Well I am calling it snow fatigue. I think I have it too!

Unfortunately I have been eating way too much and have put on some extra pounds.

I defintely think Florida will help you snap out of it. The change of scenery will do you good.

Lori said...

If I had a chance to go to Florida right now I think I would jump at it Jane ~ I am truly tires of winter and snow and cold and did I say winter?? I have the January blues for sure ~ too bad we could not get together and snap each other out of it! xo

Unknown said...

OH for some down time! I am actually jealous of your boredom. I love your lace curtains with the Valentine ornies. I'm not sure about that gray... I would be afraid that it would look too much like your weather right now... :P It'll probably be beautiful. :)

Enjoy your week!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Yes, I think we are all ready for spring! Maybe Florida would be nice little break for you? Hubby is ready for a little break, too. He is talking San Antonio. We will see?

Laura said...

Oh Jane-
I know what you mean.
I don't have snow, but it is chilly and dreary.
I am ready for spring!

White Spray Paint

Stacey said...

After all the snow we've had here, i could use a trip to sunny Florida! Although my relatives there are complaining about it being cold-ha!(they don't know what cold is:-)). I love the colour that you daughter chose for her room and the red ornaments do fit nicely into the whole Valentine vibe. You should go shopping-you'll feel better:-)

Anita Diaz said...

I'm thinking Florida sounds really good!! I just told my husband that a couple weeks ago and
I love winter and snow. Sunshine...that's what you need and definitely some retail therapy!! We are still covered with snow and it seems the forecast always has a 2-3 days each week with snow. At least I cannot see the dead brown grass and my poor shrubbery is buried underneath it all. Hope your "fever" goes away!!!

Terri Steffes said...

That paint color will be beautiful!

We have snow on the ground but with intermitten sunshine... a good combo in my opinion.

I love the red ball.

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
I know just how you feel the winters do it to me too and the dogs!
Are you crazy passing up a winter trip to Florida, you should go and just lounge in the sun all day!!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love reds. Especially in the winter when everything seems grey outside for so long. It just cosies everything up perfectly!


Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Yes Ma'am! "A little red with my blues." That's a great way to put it. This January-long-winter-snow-snow-snow-ugh-etc. kind of a time of year. -grin- And just think, we have Feb. and March to get through too!!!! -ducking, running and hiding- ,-)

I love, love, love the lacy window treatment on your window! And the red balls are perfect, for the effect you want. Bright and shiny and will catch the sun, if it peeks in here. :-)

I think a whole lot of things, [and not only vacations] should be planned for this time of year! Remember when a lot of invitations came, for Christmas entertaining? Right when Christmas time is so full already, for people.

We need a movement to push those Holiday get-to-gethers ahead! To now! To the long, dark, cold time of winter!!!

But you say, who wants to go out in the cold? True. So have a get-to-gether with warm comfort foods/drink. And warm, casual clothing. Doesn't that sound nice? :-) Worth going out in the cold for???

Thank you Jane, I was without a blogging muse this morning. But guess what? You have prompted me to find a TOPIC! :-))))

Hugs and ♥'s...
'Cause Valentine Day is coming!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Jane! You can fly out to California and we could go shopping! Still foggy here, but next week should be mild with sunshine!


bj said...

Oh, Blondie...our temps are supposed to get up to 70 snow or I haven't got cabin fever. I love curling up in bed with a great movie, snacks and the phone off when I get stuck inside for long periods of time. I nap, wake up hungry, eat and then put on a new movie. :))
I am lovin' your reds. I have red in my house all the time..I need to make a cute valentine banner....wish I knew how. :)) said...

I love your touches of red to remind you of Valentine's Day. That's a good idea and it does look so pretty with your all white background. I'm thinking Florida sounds pretty good...just sayin'.

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Go with the husband.....
Love the blue color for the daughters bedroom...
Have fun in the tub...
Hugs, Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Morninga...

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Hi Jane! I'm suffering from cabin fever too. I hate when I feel like this! The older I get the more I dislike ole' man winter.....For some reason I just don't feel like dragging out my Valentine decoration box, especially since I just took down Christmas. I am glad to see that I'm not the only that uses a little bit of Christmas for Valentines Day. Sometimes I scour the after Christmas sales for things I could use for Val. Day.

Barb said...

Hi Janie, winter can leave one down, can't it? We are having a lot more cold weather this year than normal and I must admit, I do not care for it....but, then again, I don't like the heat either. :-) I like it perfect. Ha!

Your red is so of my all time favorite colors. The blue necklace and color are divine.

I beat the blues by moving things around. It always seems to work for me.

Have a grand weekend.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Sue said...

Oh sound so much like me that you had me laughing. I could almost here the bored winter sound of your voice. I hate this time of year, although we finally see the sun today down state. It really has helped. I miss the sound of lawnmowers and kids laughing outside. Winter in Illinois just isn't any fun at all!

xinex said...

Hi Janie, hope you are less bored now. Pho is a Veitnamese noodle soup. You should try it. It's very good and tasty....Christine

Unknown said...

January always seems to be boring to me too. Lots of snow to keep us busy though. It's supposed to snow again tomorrow. I love the colors that you daughter chose, I am sure it will look stunning.

I think I would have hitched that ride to Florida.


Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
I was checking in to see if you ran for the sun yet!! Sunny Florida has to be taunting you:-))

myletterstoemily said...

sorry about the cabin fever. i can't
imagine what an endless winter
would be like, since we have warm,
sunny days every few weeks.

your daughter has great taste! you're
wise to let her spread her wings.

La said...

I'd send you some motivation, but I don't have any to spare. NEVER pass up a trip to sunshine. :o)

Have a wonderful weekend, Jane! La

The Summer Kitchen Girls said... daughter's hot pink and lime green room is now becoming that greyish purple...and black! Must be the thing to do!! I'm hoping for "snow day" so that I can ornaginze the office (gracious!) and the basement - all of those treasures & projects....geeesh! Looks like that might happen next Wednesday...we'll see!!

Country Livin' said...

I would definitely head to Florida with your husband. Sunshine and retail therapy are the best medicine. Thanks for your kind words about my does look pretty doesn't it.
Have a great's snowing here too!
Trish xo

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your daughter has picked a beautiful color for her room, I hope you'll share it with us when it's done. Like you girl there are no errands to run, no lunches outside the home for me. I would love to start some painting around here, but have to wait until I can open windows. I don't need to add to all Mr. P has going on with him. For now, I'm busy at the desk with tax clients, and the shop. Getting the "huge" delivery in was a lot of work, but so much fun. I've literally transformed the shop. Loving it's new look. Hope you'll decide to go and take some time for you on the beach.. take the camera darling to take us along with you. hugs ~lynne~

Rebecca said...

You wouldn't have to ask me twice! Sun, beach...
It just is too gray here in the winter, I need to get away come Feb.
because March isn't much better!
Sorry I am depressing myself now :)
Have a great weekend

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love that you are keeping it real. January can be a bit of a downer even in California. The Tule fog has set in and I miss the sun over my head. I too have tons of things I could be attending to, but I prefer to sit and stare out the window. Ah, February will soon be upon us bringing us back into the pink! Thanks for you visit.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Blondie! You are so good about visiting around! That's definitely the up side for me! So glad you come by so often! Makes my day!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I'll take your place :)

I love your decorations for valentines, it's perfect and the birdcage below is so pretty!!!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

I think it is GREAT that your daughter is doing her own creative thing. A good sign!

I wrote down the name of the American Farmhouse book. It looks great and I'll try to get it from the library before I spring for the $$$$.

All joys to you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Hi Jane,
Hope the 'blues' haven't gotten the best of you. Maybe you've tackled some of those projects in the meantime. The cabin fever is driving me crazy here, too. We got 11 more inches of snow Thursday. I think looking at your garden catalog should help??
Stay warm in the meantime,

Deanna said...

Sending you hugs.

I have cabin fever myself and being restricted to doing a few things because of my limited vision has been so aggravating. I can't see well enough to do the dishes properly as I seem to leave remnants of pasta stuck to bowls! My Christmas stuff is still up as I don't trust Marshall to put everything away exactly where they belong...hahaha! I'll have to take everything down by Wednesday since mom and dad are coming for a visit next weekend.

Well, I've babbled enough...!!
BTW, I love the color your daughter chose and I know her room will look so pretty.

Deanna :D

Knitty said...

Even though I've been watching my grandson more than usual while his daddy and grandpa work in their basement, I too have winter-itis. It gets dark too soon because it has been gray most days.

Bears have the right idea. Let's all sleep until spring!

Jacqueline said...

Oh, you should be on that plane, it would get rid of the cabin fever.

I have had two sets of friends over using my new Valentine's dishes and that has just made this week a lot of fun. When I bought the heart dishes, I promised my husband we would use them and have a party and now we have had two and the kids will come over tomorrow and use them. Nothing like giving a dinner party to perk me up.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane! Oh, I'm so glad you like my pillow slip covers! Do you still have all of that snow?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

I have to try to get out and walk on somewhat warm days to get a little sunshine! Hope you start to feel back into the swing of things soon!

Lori E said...

I feel it too. My problem is not enough time. My time used to be all my own and I did all the things I wanted to when I wanted to.
Now that I went back to working full time I have no time for any of the stuff and I really miss it.
The grass is always greener isn't it.
Well except at your house where it is covered in white. Think spring.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Jane, if I were you I would have jumped on that plane to Florida!! It is MUCH warmer there! The snowstorm of the century is headed your way! Isn't it funny that when I hear anything in the news that has to do with the Chicago area, I think of you! Today it was the "Monster Storm" which is supposed to drop "historic snowfall amounts"!

Is it too late to catch a flight to the sushine state???

Just sayin'


Lou Cinda ;)

Carmen said...

Ah, now you've inspired me to put up some red candles and other Valentine related things. Love, love, love those lace curtains! They're absolutely gorgeous!!