Don’t get me wrong, it has been a llooonnnnggggg January and I am glad February is here but it’s my least favourite month. Let me explain.
The good things about February are the following;
- We FINALLY get some money after what feels like 3 months since the last pay day.
- No council tax to pay! (Yayy!!).
- Valentine’s day and carnival (IF you are lucky enough to live in a country which celebrates it).
- Longer days and shorter nights (just).
- Imbolc (half way point between winter solstice and summer solstice).
- We begin to see a bit of sun.
- It’s short.
Now let me use the counter arguments…
- Oh yes we get paid. Then we have to pay back all the money we over spent on Christmas and we are back to being skint again!
- Do we even notice not paying council tax? No didn’t think so. What we do notice is April when £100+ suddenly starts going OUT of our account! WTF?
- Who actually celebrates Valentine’s day? Me and the husband do our best but it’s quite forced, over priced and over too quickly!
- I love longer days when it means I can get out in the garden or down the allotment. I even like the short days when you can light candles, switch on fairy lights and get all snuggly because it’s dark outside. It just doesn’t feel the same however when it’s light but grey and cold outside. Too dark to go out and too light to get properly snuggly!
- Imbolc should be a proper celebration here but I am one of only a few I know who celebrate. As I said some abroad get to dress up for carnival or Mardi Gras and eat gorgeous food. What do we get here in Britain? Shrove Tuesday or pancake day! Instead of exotic costumes we get soggy bloody pancakes and a bit of ash on our foreheads!!
- But this next point is my biggest bug bear. February is like a naughty glimpse at the unobtainable fruits of spring. “Yes” I say. “It’s so sunny!” I say “I will go out without my coat”. 5 minute later as I strut down the street in my cardigan and sunglasses I realise just how fricking freezing it is and then it rains or snows! You have more chance of snow in February in England then you ever will at Christmas. And the seeding… Oh the seeding… As a gardener I am desperate to start my seedlings but if you start too soon and it’s a rubbish spring then all your hard work can be for nothing if the seedlings don’t prosper and/or are too long and stringy. And that’s a disappointment I can’t take
- Lastly it is short. I can’t argue with that! Thank God for that. But soon it will be March and then the summer and finally it’s December and we think “where did that year go?”
I do hate February. To hit a serious note I lost my dad in the month of February and it seems to me that as I have lost quite a few friends and family in this horrid month so maybe just maybe I bare a grudge against it.
Here I am living in February 2018 when others aren’t. Then I remind myself of Mark Twains saying –
“Do not complain about growing old it is a privilege denied to many”.
I think this is how I have to look at my February and force myself to enjoy it for those who can’t any more.
So let me grab my sunglasses and cardigan and get planting those chilli seeds!