Monday, October 26, 2009

peeking out

There are many days which I know are dark and grey before I even peek out the window. Our house will be gloomy and quiet and solemn and even pulling up the shades doesn't help at all. Many times, this darkness gets caught in my heart and I feel a suffocating weight of sadness which is hard to shake.

Today, woke up and there it was again. The darkened house, a grey and wet morning right outside, and a heavy heart inside. Again. And I have begun - once more - to mentally prepare myself for another long and grey and wet winter here in the Pacific Northwest.

But then there were six sweet chickadees at our feeder, a happily singing little girl, cups of tea (and warm almond milk), many puzzles to be put together, and many paintings to be made. Suddenly, several hours have passed us by. And just while we were looking out into the world, the sun came breaking through the clouds shining brilliantly in on us.

This is the only one I captured, before my camera battery died and I pulled my Adelaide up and out of the cozy cat's bed. We will run out into the bright blue chilly Autumn air to kick up leaves, splash in puddles, and go to eat Phở together.

It turned out to be a lovely day, after all.

How was your day today? I hope that it was lovely, too.

37 comments:

Anja said...

What a lovely atmosphere in that photo. I know exactly how you feel.

Gül said...

oh Sharilyn! Your writings always touch my heart! In Turkey we still got sunny-warmish days, however my own heart is frozen with a troubled love(You know, just like U2's song: With or Without You)...

So better you have sunshine in your heart than have on the sky~

Be well.

heylookitseric said...

Sounds like a great time! That's the thing with living in Vancouver; while you get to enjoy different season, you'll have to deal with long grey Autumn days...

Reading your post makes me feel better from being stuck at the office!

SaRaH said...

It's sunny today in Lyon (France), and my cat found her place on her cat's bed on the window. I wish she'll metamorphoses into a sweet little girl if the day turns grey! ;)

Cindy said...

this picture will stay with me all day.

cindy said...

i love the view! with the shorter days, i really must put on all the lights in the morning and pull the shades or i get this weird fatigue in my eyes. we had a beautiful day yesterday, glad you did, too.

Anonymous said...

I totally know how you feel. I feel like that some days too, even with the sun outside. It is only my son that keeps the light on inside and keeps me plodding on. We are so lucky to have our babies!
xx Eve

Susana Estevam said...

Oh! I know what you mean, here in Scotland we have many days like that, and I grew up in sunny Mediterranean where winter are short and summers are long, so I found this particularly difficult but I've found that having a cosy house and filling it with colour (specially the light bright blue that you get in summer)and people we love helps a lOT!

Jen Chandler said...

I love this picture. It looks as if she's expecting something wonderful to happen, perched on the window. Lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Jen

Cassandra said...

I miss those drizzly Vancouver days more and more. I get the same feelings you do, but over hot, humid, sunshine days. I have gone from one extreme to the next. Pacific Northwest (Sunshinecoast, BC) to cold Northern Alberta Winters, to hot humid days in Florida. I feel the same in the mornings as you Sharilyn, and sometimes my days turn out lovely after all....but if you are wanting to send some of those grey days my way, I would gladly take them off your hands!

Annie said...

I've always struggled with the grey winters down there. I was worried when I moved up to northern BC that it would be even harder but so far it's not so bad. I sit here and it's not even really light out yet this morning. I need to get outside a lot. That fresh air can give me what I'm missing in more sun- at least it feels that way.

Enjoy your day and tea and warm almond milk. I think I'll make myself the same...

sew nancy said...

It is grey and rainy here today and seeing you sweet photo and lovely words has brought a bit of cheer to me
Thanks for that

Jujube said...

I love the scene that your lovely girl is sitting at the window.

Petit Filoux said...

A lot of grey here too in England... And with the clocks going back at the weekend, it's darker even ealier now, very depressing at times! But I guess cozying up indoors knitting and crafting and eating lots of nice comforting food makes up for it!

Anonymous said...

i'm kinda getting used to the dark, cold and glummy weather here on the eastcoast. i guess it's because it hasn't been a very nice summer at all over here.
and that pictures of addie is so sweet. i wish i could just hug her tight.

Roxanne said...

Your words and pictures of Adelaide are always inspirational. Today was much like yours; dreary outside, cuddled on the couch with my cat and my tea. Enjoy the puddles!

meli-mello said...

Your Adelaide looks so very zen in that photo. We get a lot of sun here in Calgary but we get the cold with it and somedays are very hard. I think this year will be better now that my daughter is running around. I can't wait until the day she can sit and craft beside me.

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dahlhaus said...

Adelaide looks so sweet sitting in the window on the cat blanket like that!
I hope you are much cheered by the day we had today- it's got to last for the next little bit of rain & gloom! All the best, Heather

Anne D said...

I totally know how you feel. I live in Scandinavia and a beautiful fall day is the prettiest thing ever. But then ther are the other days, when greyness is everywhere... including the heart.

thifani said...

lovely picture... lovely words!
thanks for share! ;)

Valeria said...

Lovely! So serene... and Adelaide is a sweet chickadee. X

Joanna Goddard said...

"a singing little girl" = i love that :)

Sarah said...

I only wish we had more grey days. I moved to the perpetual sun and stifling heat of Miami and really miss snuggling under a blanket and hiding from the cold. I'm glad your day was lovely!

Anonymous said...

How do you keep everything so clean and tidy with a cat in the house? Beautiful picture btw.

Osnat

Julia said...

I hate those days where you get up and everything seems grey - it must be something to do with being creative.

I just found your blog and think your work is lovely. I read in your archives that you set up a play group a while back. I've just been asked to take charge of a local play group and I wondered whether you had any tips for making it a success as yours seems to be.

Fine Little Day said...

Such a great photo.

Claire said...

Hope you are having a lovely November day! I gave you a shout-out on my blog today :)

HeddyShea said...

Just found your blog and wanted to say I love you! This post made my day- as I can so relate to your gloom feelings, but finding the positive even when difficult! Plus, I love the pic of your little Adelaide. So looking forward to spending my weekend checking out older posts!
XO
SHS

nicole said...

I resonate with your words. I'm so glad there was sun at the end.

workroom said...

what an absolutely gorgeous photo!

J said...

did you know that it is possible to be emotionally "allergic" to certain weather conditions? often this is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, but it is really an emotional reaction.

featherbed said...

i love your photo and I'll remember this next time it's a gloomy day!

lifeinredshoes said...

Just looking at your lovely home and creations makes me smile:)
We are using a light box this year to chase away the blues, got it from Costco for around a hundred bucks.
So far, so good.

Jo said...

What a sweet post and beautiful photo! I hope you're able to keep finding the light in your life in other ways when Mother Nature isn't able to provide it.

christy mcdonald said...

what a beautiful photo!

Amanda said...

What an absolutely beautiful photo :)