A good season to hibernate

I’ve taken a long blogging break, necessitated by being sick off and on for a few months and running out of topics that interest me. What I’ve been thinking about lately is hibernation.  I like my on-line dictionary’s synonyms for hibernate:  “hole up, withdraw, retreat, cocoon.” Perfect descriptors for how I’ve felt.

It seems like I’ve been more aware of the change of season this year than any other: the quick drop in temperature between September and October; darkness earlier and later; having to remember to add an extra vest or jacket before going outside; the roar of leaf blowers when I’m out for a walk; the shocking reds, oranges and yellows all around me; and crispness in the air when I step outside for the morning paper.

My cat is my role model for this season. After lazing on the patio under the sun for four months, and despite a thickening coat of hair, he now prefers to spend his days under the bed covers. On early, dark mornings, that’s my preference too.

I’ve made my first pot of lentil soup and my first stew. I have a new bread recipe I want to try. I bought tickets to see four plays in October. All these are automatic reactions, ones I don’t have to think about, but are built into my seasonal system like sleeping under the covers is built into my cat’s.

I’m in the process of ordering a ton of books from the library and amazon. My social calendar is slightly emptier than it was in July. I’m ready to withdraw, to spend more time alone.

If I lived in a different climate, one in which it never got cold, would I feel the same?  Probably not. The weather really does exercise control over much of our lives. I’m just glad our climate is mild and we don’t get snowed in. That might call for a whole new set of seasonal behaviors.




About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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7 Responses to A good season to hibernate

  1. Karen Klein says:

    How true! Thanks, Ann.

  2. Darlene says:

    Well said, Ann–I’m sure most of us are feeling the same way–wanting to be “snug as bugs in our rugs”– by the way I LOVE beef stew and it just doesn’t seem right to eat it during the summer, so let’s bring it on!! Yum!!🍵

  3. Marilyn Pedersen says:

    Avoid Amazon for books. Support local bookstores like BookTree in Kirkland!

    • travelnwrite says:

      That is easier said than done when one lives in an area of the world where Amazon and Book Depository are godsends. While I am all for supporting local bookstores, there is a place for both in this world!

  4. ann oxrieder says:

    Is it where the former Kirkland bookstore was by the former movie theatre?

  5. travelnwrite says:

    We’ve gone from that murky cold Saturday morning to a land of sunshine and 70+ degrees. Shed our coats and dug out the shorts and short-sleeves. Autumn will arrive and I too will be making stews but you are correct – weather dictates our approach to life and I feel like spring has arrived with its myriad of opportunities!

  6. I welcome the chance to stay home during the ‘colder’ season. Warm fires, good books, a cup of tea…all of the things I love! Your plans for the winter sound great!

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