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Thread: I'm in the doldrums!

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    Your not alone.

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    It is the let down from having everyone home and the rush to get everything ready and then there is quiet, quiet, and quiet. You add in the weather-ice, snow and cold. It is a long time till April. This to will pass. Spring does come every year. I just bought some new fabric on sale and committed myself to several projects that will be in a swap here. I like getting something from someone not knowing what it will be. I appreciate the creativity and skill of others because I know the work that goes into making something with fabric. Cheer up!!As my father would have said, Being alive beats the alternative. As you watch the rain, remember it is filling the watertable and will bring newlife in the spring.

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    I get that way too! I think it is a combination of the letdown from Christmas, so much going on for weeks and then it's all over and the dreary rain. I live in rainy gray Oregon (January, Feb and March) so I understand perfectly. I know we will get over it and back to our love of sewing!! Hang in there :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I think the BLUES hits every one some time or other . with to days pace of life we forget how to do nothing.soooooooo in the morning sit down watch TV / read a book/ listen to the radio or just sit and do NOTHING.I`ll bet after not to long you will be soooooo bored you will click into gear and off you will go again .This works for me every time.It is`nt a crime to do nothing you know.Hope you soon feel better. Hugs to you .

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    "Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."

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    It is really amazing to me to read all the different replys as to conditions in different locatiobs. Here in Texas we usually always want rain, early in the spring this year we received 15 inches in one day, it caused some flooding but nothing terrible..today, it is so dry. On Christmas Eve we were at my Sisters...and it started to rain, we all went into the garage; opened the garage door and clapped and were so excited...I guess only people who has experienced a dough can understand our happiness.

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    Try using some positive words. I've read, depression, doldrums, the blues but to name a few. We should all be glad to be alive and have all the wonderful friends on this forum.
    If the cloudy weather gets you down shut the blinds ( or whatever) turn on a bright light and tell yourself it's sunny inside your heart.
    I found myself feeling down & negative in the early 90's and my attitude was giving me the willies. I decided I was the only one who could make me feel better so decided that whenever anyone asked how I was, I would say "great" even if I wasn't.It was amazing how soon I started feeling much better. As my daughter said "fake it till you make it" These days I always try to find something to be grateful for in every situation. As someone said on Christmas day " let's play the glad game". That brought back happy memories as Pollyana was one of my favorite movies when I was growing up.Maybe because I liked Hayley Mills so much, still do.
    I hope everyone is feeling much better soon. BTW I live in Brisbane so have had the rain too. While I feel despair for all those suffering flooding I won't curse the rain as not too long ago we almost ran out of water and I said I'd always be glad to see the rain when it came.
    I hope I don't sound pompous, I just realize I am the mistress of my own happiness.
    I'd like to wish everyone a very safe & Happy New Year and Happy Quilting in 2011.

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    Well said Katesnanna, sometimes it is good to be reminded of this.

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    I am going in to see my doctor on Friday to get meds for depression. The stress of the season got to me this year and all I want to do is sleep. The snow and cold we have doesn't help either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annyroony2
    I am right there with you. Spent all morning cleaning out my scrap drawer because I couldn't decide on a pattern to start on. I may need to get away for a day to clean my head and start fresh new year's.
    I do this sort of thing too. It helps to feel that "things are in place", I absolutely dont like chaotic surroundings, or disorganized "stuff", my DH calls this "piddling", but I have been piddling with him for 51 years, so guess he is willing to put up with my stuff. :D

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    Does it matter that it's the perfect project or the project that turns you on? As long as it's a project, do it. As long as a project gets me off my butt when I'm feeling like you and gets me moving, I do it, and I don't care what it is. I don't care if it's cutting strips from my leftovers or dusting the living room furniture. As long as it gets me up and moving I do it. It's still decorated for Christmas here. I usually get the way you are when the Christmas music stops and all of the decorations are away and the true bareness of winter hits me. Then I need to get up and get myself going. I've signed up for several quilting classes this winter through March. That'll help. It's a matter of day by day doing little things to get me moving and get me through the day until I see a blossom or two for spring. Do you read? Read a book. I could go on and on, but the problem is I have to do it. Nobody can do it for me.

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    The secret, I think, is that we each have a choice when we wake up to be happy or sad. I know it's hard to put on a happy face sometimes, but I get up, take my shower, put on some makeup, fix my hair and all of a sudden I feel better! Try to do something that makes you happy - I call a friend or neighbor who I think might be feeling the same way, and all of a sudden, we're cheering each other up! Try it, you might like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltin'nana
    The secret, I think, is that we each have a choice when we wake up to be happy or sad. I know it's hard to put on a happy face sometimes, but I get up, take my shower, put on some makeup, fix my hair and all of a sudden I feel better! Try to do something that makes you happy - I call a friend or neighbor who I think might be feeling the same way, and all of a sudden, we're cheering each other up! Try it, you might like it!
    Such an awesome post!! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Further to yesterdays post:- I've been thinking of all the quilting sisters(and maybe brothers too) who are feeling down or can't get motivated.
    I have times when I can't get motivated (sometimes a couple of months) and do understand where you are all coming from but on giving it some thought I think we sometimes put too many demands on ourselves and our quilting.
    Most of us on here, I think, quilt for the love of it. A lot of us, me included, have stashes that we will never use up in one lifetime of quilting. Hence we turn what started out as a hobby and a pleasure into something more demanding.
    I used to worry about not using it all before I die but have given DD & DH instruction of what to do with it and now realize I don't need to worry because I won't be here. That's solved that. Now I can quilt or not quilt as I choose.
    When I can't get motivated I move on to something else, knitting, reading,embroidery, visiting friends. Although I have been retired for 8 1/2 years I still have to remind myself that it is alright to simply sit & do nothing, "no guilt/quilt required". {Have you ever noticed there is only the tail of one letter difference between guilt & quilt}.
    Eventually my machines call me back. If I start some machine embroidery it doesn't take long for the motivation for a new quilt to arrive.
    Anyway I hope everyone is feeling better today. Life is just returning to normal. As John Lennon so aptly sang "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans".
    I wish everyone a wonderful day.
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