Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring Fever


Mark Twain said, “It's spring fever.... You don't quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”




Used to, everyone had a dose of sulphur and molasses in the spring – it was cleansing! Great Gram would threaten cod liver oil for Spring Fever. Just the thought of it would cause a miraculous healing.




I have Spring Fever. Nothing really wrong, but just can't get energetic about anything...and I have so much to do!




I go out to work in the garden, and I end up laying on my back looking at the sky. I walk through the house and see everything that needs to be done, and I end up looking through picture albums...or looking through gardening catalogs...or getting on the computer.




It has been a tough few months since the new year began. We have felt the economic crunch like so many others. Hubby has had to close down three offices in Texas...even the office here in Austin. Thankfully, his job has been saved--for now. He is working from home. Setting up his office has been quite a chore, and the transition from commuting to his office to working at home has been stressful. He does seem to be handling it well. It has been challenging to train the girls not to scream and the dogs not to bark...or it that girls not to bark, and dogs not to scream...anyway...whichever...




I think I need a vacation! Only three and a half months away...sigh...

19 comments:

Gail said...

I love the Mark Twain quote, too! This has been an interesting year, roller coaster weather and now a roller coaster economy...only more down then up! i hope life calms down for you...transitions are always hard. gail

Cheryl said...

Thinking of you.....you are not alone....here in the UK there are many struggling. Hang on in there, this time will pass.....

Laying down, looking up at the sky, sounds good to me....do what your heart tells you.....

Roses and Lilacs said...

Stressful times, things are changing and seldom for the better.

I understand what Mark Twain meant. I'm so tired of being cooped up. The sunlight and the warm temperatures are just what is needed to put some new energy into me. Looking forward to the weekend and lots of time cleaning up in the garden.
Marnie

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Yes, it's hitting most everyone it seems. Every night on the evening news, more things seem to go to the wayside. Businesses I've heard of all my life. Hang in there girl! As someone I loved and lost once told me: when you get to the end of your rope, tie another knot and hang on.
Brenda

ShySongbird said...

Oh I know that feeling of having lots to do and not finding the motivation to start on any of it!

You have a very interesting blog and I just love Bocephus!

I'm sorry to read of your husband's work troubles, it is a worrying time for so many at the moment.

Susie said...

Going out to garden and finding yourself relaxing and watching the sky doesn't sound all that bad.

I think we all go thru periods that we feel energy-less and have no desire to do the things we know need doing. Maybe with spring coming on you'll find new exuberance.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Gail, Mark Twain has always been a favorite author of mine. I just love the way he uses words.

Life around here is never dull...I used to say give me boring--please! We'll get through this hard time. It just always takes much longer than anyone would like.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Cheryl, thanks for your understanding. How would we get through life without friends? I always gain strength from the garden. Sometimes it's working in it with my hands in the dirt, other times--like now--it's just being out looking at it and listening to the birds. I love to lay on my back and watch the hawks circle the sky catching the air currents and just gliding. To me, that would be the ultimate freedom.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Marnie, I do hope that the economy will stabilize--but I think it is going to take a while. I know you will feel much better once you get out in your garden again. I can't wait to see your garden wake from it's long winter's nap.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hi Brenda! Girl--I've got so many knots in my rope, I couldn't let go if I tried! We've been through tough times before, but this seems so much more widespread. It is scary to see company after company go under.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Shy Songbird, Thank you for your kind words, and Bocephus says "hi". He really doesn't know he is a dog!

Things are so bad all over, but I am hopeful they will start easing up gradually.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Susie, I feel so lethargic, it really does feel like Spring Fever. I always gain strength from my garden, it calms and cheers me whether I am working or just "being" out in the garden. I know this feeling will pass soon, and hopefully life will calm down a little too!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Love the Mark Twain quote! I know what you mean; here I am with spring fever, and it's the busiest time of the year, because of all the attention the yard and gardens need as they wake up!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hi Nola! What are we going to do with ourselves? I guess we are just going to have to pour ourselves another cup of coffee, grab the biscotti, and go sit in the garden and enjoy this wonderful spring weather, and wait for the spirit to move us! ;-)

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Yes, spring fever is in full swing here too. Sorry to hear about your husband's company. it can be hard to transition to working at home, but I'm sure you'll all work out new patterns in time!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Monica, we are settling in nicely--it was the initial setting up that was so tough...we still can't get the darn FAX machine set up right.

Wendy said...

I remember those days of lying on the ground staring up at the sky instead of doing chores. Oh bliss! Or walking through the house and being overwhelmed by the work, so instead I'd read a book, go to the store and buy chocolate or chocolate ice cream or call a friend on the phone and talk until it's time to make dinner.
Spring Fever - welcome!!

That sure is hard on hubby, having to close 3 offices! Yikes! I hope we see an end to the economic troubles soon. We also have lost a good portion of our retirement fund.
Sounds like the transition from work away to work at home will be a wee bit dicey. Or do I mean spicey? All the same, life is never dull, is it?

Rose said...

I know that feeling of being overwhelmed all too well. Before I retired, my to-do list at times was so long that I just wanted to chuck it all and start over with a clean slate. I usually found myself just taking one step at a time, doing what absolutely had to be done right now and ignoring the rest:) Lying in the grass looking up at the sky sounds like the best stress-reliever you could think of!

So sorry to hear about your husband's company; unfortunately, this is beginning to be a very familiar story all around the country. I was looking for a quote to use on my next post and saw the Mark Twain one--too true--and also one by Anne Bradstreet. It went something like this: "If the winter were not so unpleasant, we wouldn't appreciate spring so. Without adversity, we couldn't appreciate prosperity." Hopefully, we will all appreciate more what we do have. Hang in there, MG; times are surely going to get better.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Dear Rose,

The Anne Bradstreet's comment is so true in life. If life were happy and carefree all the time we would never appreciate it. I think there is something in our nature that always longs for more. Also, my hubby and I have been discussing how we never truly grow in the easy times, it is through adversity that we really stretch ourselves and find out what we really can do.