One way to combat the Midwestern mid-winter gray sky blahs is to consciously think about a better, sunnier, place and time. It’s even more effective if you really try to lock in specifics about where you’ll be and what it’s like. My happy mental place of refuge these days envisions a bright, cloudless, pleasantly warm summer day in Maine, sitting on a deck overlooking Stonington Harbor and feeling a slight breeze ruffling by. Russell’s Christmas presents — he made us a smiling, radiant Mr. Sun and a cool Maine key ring holder — help to keep the mind focused on those ultimate summer days.
February is always a tough month, where it’s impossible not to be sick of winter because it seems like it’s been winter forever. Rather than despairing of ever becoming truly warm and blessedly free of a drippy nose again, why not indulge in some of the power of positive thinking? Better days lie ahead, and the current crummy weather is just going to make the eventual sultry summer all the sweeter.