#sol19 11/31: Life Can Get Mushy in the Whiteness…


I hate to sound like a broken record but when you glance at these photos, just a quick glance at the whiteness of the two on the outside contrasted with the colors of the center collage of photos now gracing the wall right outside my bedroom you might understand why this winter has been tough… It’s been mushy since I’ve been back from Thailand… I make plans… and then as the day dawns and I take a walk to see the silence of whiteness in the front of my building, I know that my plans will dramatically change.  I hear the howling of the wind and accept the reality that I won’t be getting a guitar lesson and then racing to  my favorite Monday yoga class and I stay in my comfy clothes and the popcorn flows. 

Now it’s not such a big deal when you consider the bigger picture. It’s winter and there hasn’t been a lot of snow but life is a crapshoot. You have keep checking into your weather app… but you just never know for sure- will I be canceling a new adventure in the world or   hunkering down in my life space, remaking the calendar again…

And as I move through my space and  pass by that wall filled with the colors of Thailand, (the photo in the center of this slice) and I stop for a  second, 2,  a minute, two, more…   fix on just one moment, one adventure in living color I’m filled with color, adventure and know that I’ve set my marker high now… I have the power to conquer the whiteness…

There’s a big spring and summer coming my way… and next winter there will be color and adventure in my winter.



14 thoughts

  1. The color contrast is obvious. I love winter, but this one has been trying. I like the hints about future plans with color. Look forward to those color-filled photos!

  2. Your reminders of color amidst the mushy whiteness are amidst the photos that grace your wall as well as in you memories and plans. What a wonderful way to embody each day . I want a wall of memories like that!

  3. Looking ahead keeps us going and gives purpose. I know there is lots more color coming your way, Bonnie. Just as the color that now graces your wall this new color will be there for you when you need it.

  4. I enjoyed thinking about your ideas about color. Winter does get dreary. I look outside and, more often than not, the snow has melted and I see dead grass and grey. Yet, winter is my favorite season. Yesterday our family skied for the 30th time. I donned my bright orange jacket and skied next to my daughters. One in a hot pink helmet and the other in a beautiful maroon snowsuit. Your post made me think about my colors in winter. I think that we paint the snow when we ski — filling our eyes with color. The contrast of color on snow shocks my mind in ways that color never can in other seasons!

  5. We know that the spring and summer will arrive , yet with the cold and snow it is still hard to believe. We had sunshine during the day and nw it’s snowing again. I look at my instagram pictures of summer and feel warmer already.

  6. Hi Bonnie! Love the color in your colorful photos. They capture so much warmth and colorful living! I so know what you mean about this winter. Occasionally I lose my mind when it’s so cold or snowy/slushy that you’re stuck. But suddenly it’s gotten warm here (on Long Island) and I took a lively walk after my yoga class today. I can feel spring; I can imagine planting again. We will return to color! – Heidi

  7. While I love the beauty of the winter snow, I do not like the shoveling (as most people do not). One of my friends told me that she sees some buds coming out of the ground but alas, her house faces the sun.

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