Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Waiting for Spring
My Gawd I cannot wait for Spring! I hate the freaking winter time. Its too cold, and I don't like cold. I want to go outside and play and I have been stuck in the house for months. It might not be so bad, but I discovered a new hobby last summer and I was just getting started figuring out what I was doing when it got too cold outside and I couldn't play anymore.
My new hobby is dyeing and embellishing fabric. Due to the layout and contents of our home, this is an outdoor hobby for me. It works out well since both the dyes and my body require temperatures over 72 degrees in order to function correctly. Outside I don't have to worry about the residues or the mess, the grass might have red and purple spots for a day or two, but it always washes away. The paintstiks and dye sticks I started playing with are also outdoors – or at least out of the house projects. They stink. I usually play with them in my sewing room, but it has to be warm enough to have the window and door open. I haven't even gotten to “set” the pieces I painted last Fall yet as they definitely have to be done outside since heat setting really releases the fumes!
The fact that my flower beds are all completely overgrown with crab grass hasn't escaped my notice either. I know I will have Spring bulbs coming up pretty soon, if they can fight their way through the tangles. I'd love to go out there and start cleaning it out, but it will be another month or more before I can brave the elements long enough to get anything done. I guess I could put on my insulated coveralls and my gloves and go out there and get started, but I won't, I am too wimpy.
Spring has always been my favorite time of year and I have always gotten restless the last month or two of winter. Whether you choose to call it “Spring Fever” or “Seasonal Affective Disorder, or whatever name you want to put on it, the end of winter tends to drive me crazy. I hate feeling confined, and even though I really don't like to go anywhere very often anyway, the cold really keeps me from doing a lot of things.
I don't have an internal temperature control, at least not a functioning one. I have always been sensitive to temperature extremes. As a teenager I suffered heat exhaustion several times and as an adult I was hospitalized with a severe heat stroke, Since then I have learned I have to regulate my body temperature from the outside, or pay the consequences. So in the winter I am sitting in the house with three layers of clothes on, taking a hot bath two or three times a day just to be able to feel my feet. And in the summer when it hits 90 degrees and up? Well that's actually easier now that I discovered the ultimate “poor man's air-conditioning”, drenching a t-shirt in water, wringing it out and putting in on is freaking awesome for keeping cool when it is hot! I know, I am weird, but a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do. Now if I could just find something that worked equally well for keeping me warm! Oh well, for now I will just keep plugging along at all my winter chores while I dream of warmer days and greener hands.