Tuesday, December 15, 2009

5 words: darkness



awhile back, i asked rxbambi for five words - you know, way back when she was doing it on her blog. and she sent them to me and i've pissed away waited a couple more weeks before getting started on them. but today, i thought i'd get a start on them. because one of the words was darkness.

darkness is a fact of life around here these days. today's stats: sunrise 8:34 a.m. sunset: 3:34 p.m. this makes it difficult to get up in the morning, as it feels impossibly early and generally wrong to get out of the warm covers when it's still so dark. and in the afternoon, the sun may be setting at 3:34 p.m., but you can already feel the sunset light at about 2 p.m. i'm happy that we're only a few days from the solstice and heading in the other direction, towards lighter days, because i'll admit i find it rather depressing.

but i'm making an effort this year, to appreciate it, rather than complaining so much and i've realized there are some good things about this dark time:

~ using loads of candles. when it's dark already mid-afternoon, you can fill all of the windowsills with candles. it looks warm and inviting both inside and out.

~ real candles on the christmas tree

~ a fire crackling in the fireplace

~ warm apple cider and æbleskiver (yummy danish pancake balls) with powdered sugar and strawberry jam

~ walking in the winter wonderland of tivoli (which we're doing this evening)

~ sparklers in the house



stay tuned for the other four words in the near future...

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drumroll please...we have picked a winner!



you all had a lot of good food for thought on my what did i mean by this picture? post last week. i had a really hard time deciding which person should win the random handmade item and i even enlisted my sister and husband to help me choose a winner (i said it would be entirely subjective). my sister complained loudly about the assignment, saying it was an awful lot of reading to try to do while simultaneously being on the air (she works at a radio station), knitting a nose warmer, counting bricks of sculpey clay and chatting with me on gmail chat. husband sighed deeply when i handed him the six printed pages at 11:30 p.m. and said, help me!! but read them he did and we even stayed up another hour discussing the whys and wherefores of blogging (it was his question i posed on twitter - is blogging a religion?).

husband liked this one best - it suited his enigmatic bent:


discounderworld said...



I think it says you missed a spot.


my sister liked this comment best - particularly the bit about covering up stagnancy:

One Womans Thoughts said...



Your post was as if you had peeked into my mind about the whole blogging experience, and your words said it so much better than I could have. As for your photo, I see the house with solid walls, solid wooden door and small window, a place where the mind has grown closed and the emotions inside are not being nurtured, not given air to breathe and exposure to all of life. The plant life alongside is growing fast and tall, trying to cover up the ugliness of stagnancy. And as the sun shines on all of this, it's also a call for a new beginning offered us each and everyday. I'm probably not anywhere even close, and I'm eager to read the other comments as I have not read them before posting. I'm sure you've been entertained by the possiblities of the minds.


and i was thinking about sending someone to switzerland in january to rough up gwen over this comment:


Gwen said...



I am totally going to start using the word "rad" in all my blog posts. Also, squee!!

Squee!! It's going to be so rad!!



then came this comment and it became clear to me which one i liked most - because of recently spending a lot of time thinking about opening new doors:


The Fragrant Muse said...



I'm just reading this post today and can't imagine that, being the 29th commenter, I'll have one original thought about the post or the photo. Nevertheless, here's what I have to say on the subject(s):

The blogosphere reminds me of high school. You show up feeling incredibly insecure and seeing every other blogger as cool, marvelous, sophisticated and so much better than you. With time you find your own little group where you feel safe. With time you become more self-assured and begin to show more of yourself. You experiment, branch out, make new friends and leave some of the old friends behind. You develop BFFs and you avoid the crowds that scare you. You tell secrets, give advice, listen to the advice of others. Sometimes you argue, take sides or just listen. You soothe the wounds of those you care about who are hurting. You stand up for yourself when criticized or decide you don't give a hoot about the opinion of others. And through it all you grow.

As for the photograph, I see a metaphor for blogging: When one side gets old, just look around the corner and there's a new door to discover!



and since i enlisted the help of others, i'll send something fun to discounderworld, one woman's thoughts and fragrant muse (yup, skipping gwen for that mean rad thing. :-p). i won't promise to get something sent before christmas, as that's looking pretty unlikely, but i do promise to send you something handmade early in january if you send me your snail mail address! and a big thanks to all of you for your thoughts. i studied it again myself and i think that what i liked about the photo was something about the play between light and shadow and the way that underlines how we reveal or don't reveal ourselves through our voices here in the blogosphere.

15 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Haven't been following this endeavour but I really, really like the comment Fragrant Muse made. She is one wise woman.

Sammi said...

I don't know how you manage that, I struggle with losing daylight at 5pm here, I'm so not used to it.

Protege said...

I completely agree with you on the sentiment about darkness.;) Lets hope for some snow that will make it feel less grey.;)
Zuzana

Cyndy said...

Must admit that all that fire in the house would make me nervous. But they do say that it only takes one candle to extinguish the darkness...

As to TFM's comment: yes! I even wrote her a note off-blog in reference to it. Although I did begin with saying basically: "High school? ewww! A time sprinkled with hormones, pimples and acne. A time when the daily drama hopefully becomes meaningless." And I don't think that way about blogging. But when she pointed out the many specifics, I had to agree she was spot on...

Go check on your candles. I'll feel better...

Fidgeting Gidget said...

I absolutely love what TFM said. She is so insightful. I might have to do a blog post based on that very comment. I love it! Thanks for sharing such a cool picture, and thanks for being thought-provoking, as usual.

Gwen said...

Having watched too many jungle xmas trees burn down from the candles, I'm all EEK! JULIE! about yours. And remember the hair incident? Just be careful, okay?

As far as my lack of a prize. Ahem. I was going to say that it's an honor just to be nominated. But I wasn't even nominated, was I?

Switzerland is going to love me.

ADRIAN said...

the first two images are grand. Have a good Christmas, try not to set fire to the house!

Char said...

i would definitely need lots of light during your dark times of the year. i get depressed enough in february here.

The Fragrant Muse said...

Your blog today was just what the doctor ordered. The affliction? Darkness. The grey days of winter sadden me, so I appreciated reading your thoughts on darkness, although I won't be adding fire to my Christmas tree this year. Sad is one thing, burning flesh is quite another.

As for winning alongside the brilliance of Stacy of Discounderworld and One Woman's Thoughts all I can say is (with a nod to Gwen)... RAD! The dark days have dampened my blogging spirit and this was just the kick in the pants I needed to get back to writing.

Thanks Julochka for bringing your special brand of light to the blogging world!

Magpie said...

That is rather a lot of darkness - but your embrace of it is lovely.

Meredith said...

Beautiful photograph. At least you're making art out of your situation... I don't know if I could handle so little sun, honestly. I think you are very brave!

discounderworld said...

Yaye yaye yaye yaye yaye yaye!

Go husband! My pessimist optimism paid off for once. Whoop.

oxox

Kim said...

I love your thoughts on darkness...and I am going to try not to complain so much about it...your part of the world gets far less light than mine...I will light a few candles when I get home tonight.

One Womans Thoughts said...

Please tell your sister that great minds think alike.

paris parfait said...

Somehow I have missed all this; so interesting. Love these photos! xo