Sunday, January 18, 2009

Light Therapy

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Winter is hard on many gardeners. Cold, wet, dreary weather just don't make for a happy Debbi. Add multiple family stresses and a flood, and I am pretty much a basket case. A basket case that cannot break down because, well who would raise the Monkeys if I broke down. It seems my little salt lamp is helpful, but just not enough.

Yesterday, was pretty and I was able to spend about an hour in the garden. Today was just as lovely. I was in and out of the house all day. After a while, the sunshine made me a little sleepy, weird. In my imaginary garden, I have a wonderful hammock strung between two deciduous trees. It is in the shade in the summer and in the sun in the winter. This imaginary hammock would have been perfect for today. As a alternate, I decided to layout on the Monkey's trampoline. I must have been a sight laying out there, but boy did basking in the warm sunshine do wonders for my mood.

Here is a hint. Trampolines and garden clogs can create quite a static charge in a middle aged woman. The shock when I touched the metal frame was painful and LOUD.

The rest of the afternoon in the garden was very enjoyable. There is one thing that is puzzling. Where are all the songbirds? I have put out seed and I actually cooked homemade suet for them, but very few have shown up. I am beginning to get worried. I did see some bees buzzing around some broccoli rhaab blooms and hen bit flowers. Their wing sounds were very pleasant.

Did you notice the picture? Abby got all excited and knocked over my plant stand. Somehow she broke a plastic pot. Goofy beast.

Anybody else missing songbirds?


  1. Aunt Debbi,
    In the morning and near twilight, I have lots of birds in my feeder. I noticed that during the day, if the weather is nice, they disappear. Maybe they are foraging in their nature habitats! They seem to come in moring and evening to fullfil their appetite.

  2. Debbi - I'm sure the warmth of the trampoline was nice -- it got up to 70 today, but my daughter was sick last night and didn't feel up to being outside, so I got stuck in the house all day. Glad you could get out and get some vitamin D. I have my birds still, but they periodically stay away for a short time, so maybe they were just visiting elsewhere today.

  3. Good on you Deb. They are telling us we stay indoors too much and are missing out on the sunlight we need. Just hanging the washing here is enough for me!
    I was reading an article on negative ions yesterday, very interesting. They say we should all have water features in our homes, even just a little fountain thingie.

  4. Lena, I don't know where they have gone off to. They just are not here.

    Diana, I have done my time inside with a sick little one. Hope she is feeling better.

    Foxy, the lamp does the ion thing, I just think I need real sunlight at least a few times a week.

  5. Yes, but I seem to miss songbirds ever winter. I though they all flew down to visit you down there during the winter. I wonder what's going on?

  6. Hate to sound stupid, but do you consider songbirds any birds? I don't know about songbirds in particular. Clue me in. I have lots of birds now. I love to hear them up in the trees, calling to one another. The wind today is beastly however, and even the birds are distant and hiding.

  7. I just posted a blog about the beautiful weather. I can't believe that it is January and we are getting outside enjoying the sunlight! I'm so ready for spring.

  8. Cinj, I usually have a ton.

    Brenda, I guess I miss stated. I usually have a bunch of small to medium sized birds some cardinals, some blue birds, a mocking bird or two, and some brownish birds. Some of these birds sing. I don't know which ones and couldn't identify them by the sound they make. I just don't have any birds this year.

    Shala, I know it. We need to soak it up while we can.

  9. The birds have been visiting my feeders inspite of the cold. I've tried to keep them full to capacity since it has been damp & dreary for the past few days. Your imaginary garden must help get you through the dark days of winter.

  10. Racquel, I don't know where the birds are, but I miss them. The day dreaming does help during the winter.