Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Beating the Blues

I am not a fan of February, not least because I emerge from it a year older than I entered it. The frigid temperatures, which I embrace so eagerly as a proper accompaniment to Christmas, have lost their savour and my winter pelt, so fondly cultivated during the shortest days, is impatient for a spring trim.

By the end of this brutish little month I have lost my inner sunshine. I am fractious with my children and neglectful of my Hoover. Days confronted from beneath the rim of my duvet require energies I do not possess and my daily wardrobe is limited to the two jumpers capacious enough to accommodate a hot water bottle underneath. Most cruelly, Lent falls plumb in the middle of this doleful time, depriving me of my twin props of beer and Bendicks Bittermints.

Last weekend, however, I stumbled upon an astonishing remedy for the February blues. It doesn't come cheap - at £3 it cost me more than a dose of Peroni - but boy, is it effective! The first time I tried it the world looked a friendlier place. The children left off their bickering and gaze at me with rapt smiles. The Vicar, who considers Winter the Devil's malice, set off for the morning service with unseasonable radiance and my wintry pallor showed a new glow in the shaving mirror. Even the dour lady in the Co-op looked pleased to see me.

I don't know if its powers will wear thin. Instinct tells me this is a tonic to be used sparingly. But next year, when February dawns, I'm going to be forearmed and I can't recommend strongly enough that you follow suit.



How do you get through February?

40 comments:

  1. Liberal application of wine and a hip flask. Much like the rest of the year.

    Loving the sunnies.

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  2. You are my style guru henceforth.

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  3. Captain not-so-Sensible! x

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  4. Happy Birthday Anna! Being a fellow born in February I understand this post from the bottom of my soul. xxxx

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  5. Did the sunnies cost £3? Bargain. I get through February with two duvets and a lot of terrible tv.

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    1. That's Primark for you! Duvets are still my favourite therapy.

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  6. I've said it before... February is the Monday morning of the year. Only two days to go. Meanwhile, you must do whatever it takes.

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  7. Thought it was the beret you bought for £3 and the glasses were your normal prescription reading glasses!

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  8. I thought you paid £3 for the beret (a bargain) and the glasses were your normal prscription reading glasses?

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  9. I have the exact same outfit, Prada?

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  11. I love Midlife Single Mum's comment that February is the Monday morning of the year. If that is true, my birth month is Friday afternoon...

    Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thank you! If I were Friday born I might have had a sunnier nature!

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  12. Has your hair grown? Are you an Aquarius or a Pisces? Just love those shades - you've really brightened up my day! I'm such a grumpy grumps throughout this month - I totally concur with sentiments! X.

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    1. Haven't been to the hairdresser for a twelvemonth 'cos I can't face the small talk! I'm a Pisces so slippery and cold-blooded!

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  13. Now that's the most fabulous remedy I have ever come across. I will be recommending it countrywide, although I am not sure that anyone will "sport it" as well as you!

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    1. You are too kind. The beret is not an obligatory accompaniment!

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  14. I'm not sure if you bought wine or the glasses, but hey whichever works for you.

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  15. Wonderful idea - why have I never tried pinning a palm tree to my head to beat the winter blues? Not sure where to purchase such an item here at the absolute end of the earth where I live, but I shall try...

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    1. They should, in my view, be available on prescription from the NHS.

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  16. Oh, marvellous. But would you believe I like February? I would rather have two Februarys than one November.

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    1. You see I like November because winter still has novelty.

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  17. Just found your blog recently. A great tonic for February blues!!

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    1. Well thank you. If I could tweet you a pair I would!

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  18. Love the specs. I cope with February by reading/watching dismal Scandinavian thrillers. The settings make our winters feel positively balmy. A cup of tea and a blanket goes with this quite nicely!
    (anon rach)

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    1. This all sounds mighty civilised. I could have saved myself £3!

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