Topic: Home environment
Working on the indoor Christmas de-construction today, I realize why people get depressed in the long cold Winter--it's not just the shortened days and rotten weather--it's because they are such a contrast to the holidays. Sparkles, glitter, and twinkling lights give way to stark, bleak, and dark nights.
My solution--to continue my brother's advice about the outdoors in yesterday's entry--now applying that advice indoors.
The Christmas tree in the library was set on a dusk-to-dawn timer arranged next to a window that overlooks the courtyard. I decided that white lights nestled in faux greenery and set on top of the fireplace mantle might produce a similar magical effect. I concealed the cord behind books, but used the same window as the trigger for the dusk-to-dawn timer. It works, the library "winter night light" invites you in.
Although I hate the Winter Holiday concept when it is forced on us as a politically correct Christmas substitution--it CAN be an inspiration for January and February. There's no reason I can't keep the little white lights around the mirror in my kitchen, simply swapping out the Santas and ornaments on the shelf for some antique china pieces. Set the timer right, I may never have to walk into a dark room this winter.
And, of course, it's a great time to force some paperwhite bulbs to root and blossom. I started mine yesterday. The Norfolk pine minus the ornaments still makes a great houseplant, the African violets are front-and-center in the master bathroom window, the indoor bay tree can be re-potted...
If it's all about setting the mood--I know which way I want mine to swing the next 80 or 90 days, whether in the city or the country. I may even be able to trick myself into thinking it's fun to stay indoors.