January 22, 2024

Dreary January

This is just going to be a quickie post...

Last week felt kind of like a continuation of our holiday staycation. We're still getting used to the huge change in routine/schedules; also, Eli's school was canceled every day last week due to the weather. After having such a mild winter so far, last week totally made up for it with temps below zero. When the wind chill is in the negatives, it's not unusual for school to be canceled.

I've still been going for my morning run every day, and I didn't let the cold stop me (as much as I wanted to). If I had looked at the weather app before I left the house, I might not have even gone--I didn't realize that the "feels like" temp was -19F until I checked it later. The run was only 0.4 miles, but a quarter of it was directly into the wind and I thought my face was going to be gone by the time I got home.

With Eli being home all week, Noah came over on his days off and Eli's girlfriend, Ava, was here quite a bit as well. All of that, along with Jerry's new work schedule, the house felt kind of full all week! It was nice. On Saturday, Jerry and I went to Dave and Renee's house to play Euchre; it had been way too long since we last played.

January is absolutely my least favorite month of the year. It's dreary all day, there is always water/salt/dirt/mud on the floor from the snow, my skin gets super dry, and I don't like keeping the windows closed all season. I know I haven't been writing much at all lately; it's like breaking my writing streak also broke all motivation to write. It's hard to get motivated to do anything in January, actually!


  1. No motivation here either...give yourself lots of credit for still doing your morning run!!! A little bit is better than nothing!! Hooray for you, Katie 🎆🎉🎊

  2. I hear you on January being the worst month :( Although it is your birthday month Katie so I feel bad saying that! But yes the dry skin, the feeling like it's never going to warm up, the long dark days ugh. My SAD is in full effect right now! I'm glad you guys had a fun full house! Being around family and friends definitely helps with the seasonal depression for me!

  3. Ugh, agree January is my least favorite month EVER.

  4. We have had bitter cold temps here as well, plus snow and ice and I wondered about your daily run habit. I wondered if you would use your treadmill. You're braver than I! I saw a meme yesterday that was funny...it said "spring is around the corner", and it was an actual spring sitting in a snow covered yard, photographed from around a corner :-D

  5. I make it through January, but February is the worst for me. It's so cold here right now (central Ohio). Not as cold as you folks have, but ugh. And so gray. We'll make it through together.


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