Girls Write Out
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Bad weather is threatening, snow is falling, and those of us with travel plans are scrambling to find out if we're going to have to make changes. I hate traveling in winter time, but some of the best experiences I've had are with close friends, huddled inside where it's warm, brainstorming new books. Um, did I mention those are writing friends?

I've mentioned before how important face time is, and I believe it's especially a big deal right now, when we tend to hide at home and avoid the weather. My mother, 84, lives alone in the country, and she's not able to get out on the snow because her car is not snow worthy. I'm trying to visit her more often, and she won't leave because she wants to keep her pipes from freezing. She's getting more and more despondent, because she doesn't have any face time with her friends.

If you're a hermit like me, this may be one of the worst times of the year, when you're alone, you're depressed from lack of sunshine, and the more depressed you get, the less likely you are to get out and be with people. Online, oh, yeah, you'll find a lot of time online, but that just doesn't cut it for me.

Fight the temptation to hide. We need living, breathing friends now more than ever. Take some vitamin D, take a chance and laugh a little with some of your sunniest friends, and then when you get back home, settle by the fire and read a funny book. Practice joy even in the midst of winter.

If anyone has any other ideas about how to fight the winter blues, would you PLEASE share? Because even though I follow all the above instructions and see my physical therapist every other day, I'm still drowning in winter. Help?
Hannah Alexander  
posted at 12:10 PM  
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At 12:34 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

What about a sun lamp? Those are helpful when the days are long and gray. I hate any day without sunshine. I don't know how people do months at a time. I keep my sun lamp by my desk. : )

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I force myself out to Curves 3 times a week. It's good for me in all ways. I see people and get my exercise. I certainly won't go out walking in the cold. Come to think of it, I won't go out in the heat, either. I'm sure glad I have a place near me where I can get a people fix and exercise. ;)

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Barb said...

I live in the KC area and we are having snow today on top of the snows we have already gotten. My son has not gone back to school yet from Christmas vacation(and probably will not go back until next Monday because of the weather. I am frustrated because I feel trapped by the weather.

But here is my suggestion - put it all in perspective by counting my blessings. I live in a warm house, have food, clothing, and many other amenities that I have done nothing to deserve. There are many people out there who struggle to stay warm and fed.

At 5:44 PM, Blogger jel said...

yes I'm a hermit, and like it! ;)

online friends are just fine

sides i got my critters to take care of!
u take care!

it's going to get very cold and it's snowing now,

keeping the stove full keeps me busy

At 6:04 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Just got back from physical therapy and read the replies. Thanks for the ideas. I do have a sun lamp staring me in the face now, so that's a great idea. My PT takes the place of Curves, but it was fun when I went to Curves--except when the cute, skinny babes came in and I was the fattest in the room exercising. LOL

Time to count more blessings. Happy wood hauling J!

At 10:15 PM, Blogger quietspirit said...

I enjoy the internet. I also try to read every night. I am about to finish a book I got for Christmas.

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Reading also helps me, if it's the right kind of book.

At 7:09 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

You have hit the nail on the head -- what do you do if you are not able to get out and get that face time? My husband works nights, sleeps or wanders during the day and I am home-bound at the moment.

I will say that without the Internet I would be even more lost, but it is not a replacement for the face time you talk about. I wish I knew a solution to this problem, but can lose myself in one of yours or others books for a little while and be transported to another world, time or place.

Still, that face time...

Calling my old friends does help if they have the time to talk. So many are using FB and other sites so even talking on the phone seems to be 'outdated'.

My family all live in MO, I am in Texas, so it is a problem. My granddaughter is deaf, so we have a 'TV' phone that does help with some of the personal time I so deeply need. She has cochlear implants in both ears, and it has been a miracle of God that she can hear!

Do any of you use some of the sites where you can see who you are talking to? I know of Skype and ooVoo, but haven't tried them yet. Would love to know if any of you use them and how they work.

This is when I thank the Lord for the animals He has given me!! Not much for good conversation, but great for companionship, lol.

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'm not electronic, Cheri, so I don't do the online talking. I read, watch movies, and thank God for my cats. And now I'm making myself write again, so that helps a lot. Hang in there. Winter will be over someday.

At 9:53 PM, Blogger jel said...

your writting again "WOO HOO" :)

At 4:57 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

I had to become 'electronic' when my granddaughter began texting. She is 11 now and we have a great time not only on the phone but texting. The bad thing is the first month we were doing this, "mom" forgot to tell both us Ryleigh didn't have a data package. Soooo, they got an extra bill for over $100 for all the texting and posting pictures we had done back and forth, lol.

We had a great time, though, even though we BOTH got in trouble -- not sure why as I really didn't know. I guess the night we talked until 10:00 was the breaking point but Ry had told me she was off school the next day, was her birthday, Mom didn't care, etc. Boy, have I learned some things ~~

The other reason I like the FB part of the Internet is being so home-bound all these months I would go crazy without some interaction with real people. Have reconnected with old friends, made new ones and found your site -- which I love.

Still, the minute I can get back out, will probably give up so many hours on the computer!

At 7:28 PM, Blogger karen hopkins said...

One way I combat the winter blues, here in our mountains of eastern Oregon, is to read..

Whispering quietly, lest you faint, but I found an awesome author, named Hannah Alexander, who has penned some pretty awesome , light hearted, yet powerfully scripted books! haha. Seriously, here, where snow can get ugly, and gray/ white skies are the norm , I call up a girlfriend, who I know is also fighting the winter blues, and we read over the telephone , a chapter a day of the current chic book we might have on our night stand. My best friend , and I like the same types of books, yet we are forever and a day, reading something different .. So its neat to be able to talk on the phone," girl gab " as we call it, then settle in, as we read the book we have to each other. Its fun, we can dress in our jammies if we want, we have our hot tea ( her ) or cider ( me ), and we just soak up the warm , squishy SON-light , that Jesus filters in through our reading times.. And after each chapter, before we hang up, I am always asked to read a poem I have written, and she prays in the closing.. every day during our winter, this is what we do.. and it has been a major blessing as it leaves us ready to meet the rest of our snow days here in La Grande..

Ok, enough out of this peanut gallery .. Thanks for being the awesome writer that you are -

At 12:52 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Wow, Karen, i love the way you battle the winter blues! I also like the girl time you share on the phone reading. So vital for our emotional health. Unfortunately for me, I've already read the Hannah Alexander books, but I've been reading some others lately. I'm on Colleen's The Lightkeeper's Daughter right now, and just finished Listen, by Rene Gutteridge. Long live books!


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