Parched As An Oak Leaf In November

This time of year I can sometimes feel … well…dried up, like the final leaves just barely hanging onto the oak trees in the yard. Maybe it’s the coming cold season, maybe it’s the fading plant life, but mostly I think it’s the dying light.

When I feel this way, I still go into my studio and work for a few hours, after all, I have a lot of things to do, but this time of year is precarious for those of us who live in northern climes. I feel my energy waning. All a sudden daylight savings time thrusts us into darkness. It seems I blink my eyes and the morning sun is headed back down the horizon.  

This past spring I read a delightful book titled: The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living. Hygge, (pronounced hue-gah) is the art of making a cozy home and a happy life, no matter what season it is. I think if anyone knows how to do this it must be the Nordic people.

So lately I’ve asked myself, what did I do today to get my Hygge on? First thing this morning I cleaned the window on the woodstove so I could watch the fire tonight, at lunch I gathered a few especially beautiful pine cones to adorn the shelves in my living room and read two Robert Frost Poems, later  I harvested greens from the greenhouse for dinner. I squeezed that into my work day and actually I felt better with each small lovely thing I did.

These little acts of the season help me to remember, when I feel as parched as a fallen oak leaf,  that I need to “get me a little Hygge.” And you know what? I think it’s working.