Today is Blue Monday, which is supposedly the saddest, most depressing day of the year. I've found out that this is calculated by a very scientific formula (lol) that somehow concludes that this is the time of year when the weather is the worst, people are higly in debt from holiday purchases and their new years resolutions have failed. This was originally a publicity campaign for some travel company, so don't let yourself get too upset over the day... but I figured I would use this occasion to share some of the things that make me happy.
We'll see if this becomes a regular feature or not, but for now, here are THREE THINGS I LOVE:
Typical, I know, but I had a phase where I was going through 5-7 cups of coffee a day. I am down to 1-2 cups of tea or coffee a day now and if I don't get my 'dose' in time, I start getting my withdrawal headaches. So I guess you could ask me whether I really love coffee or if I'm just dependent on it? eh, both.
This summer I started my first backyard garden, with hopes of eating way more fresh food that I had grown entirely by myself. I grew raspberries, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, pear tomatoes, white currant tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, hot banana bell peppers, cayenne peppers, chilli peppers, rosemary, sage & basil!
I made tons of amazing salads and made delicious pastas with just fresh herbs, zucchinis and mixed tomatoes. I even made some deep fried zucchini blossoms. It was so relaxing to just go outside & prune the plants everyday & watch them grow. I had no idea that I would love it as much as I did & ended up being quite the green thumb by the end of it :)
From most people I've met, I've found that you're either a strawberry or raspberry person. I'm a lover of both but raspberries rule my world. When I first planted my raspberry plant in my yard I babied it so much. 3 years later, I realize it's an UBER invasive species & it just takes over everywhere, which is not necessarily a bad thing... unless you are trying to grow other things!
Shoot. In a post that is supposed to make me feel better about the long winter, I'm just torturing myself with the hopes of summer :( ... and "island in the sun" is playing on the radio right now. UGH.
Also-- all my favourite things are edibles. dammit. What cheers you up during long, depressing winters?!