Thank goodness for February!

I don’t know about you but I greeted the arrival of February with a massive sigh of relief. For some reason, this year January has seemed to last an eternity. I was silently praying for it to end. Thank goodness for February! It’s arrival has given us a positive sign that spring is on the horizon.

Daffodils in a jug on a sunny day. Thank goodness for February!

January blues

It’s no secret that I adore autumn. I usually enjoy winter too but this year it has been a hard slog. The whole month has just felt bleak. I know I am not alone in this. Social media has been awash with memes and statuses lamenting that the month seemed to be lasting for an entire year. Nobody has had a good word to say about January! Mine and Peanut’s birthdays were a rare bright spot to lighten the overall funk we were in. What went wrong?


The best laid plans…

I started the year with lots of plans. I has 3 new blog series’ planned and was feeling pretty positive. What I hadn’t planned on was the flu. We are unfortunate to live in a flu hotspot. It has been knocking us down like skittles. Poor Junior has suffered terribly and was admitted to hospital with complications. I just wanted to take his pain away and in a way I did. He kindly passed it back to me. I am seriously considering painting a big red plague cross on the front door to warn unsuspecting passers by.


Thank goodness for February!

Your arrival has lifted our spirits! Signs of spring are finally here. My tiny daffodils are starting to bloom. All positive signs that sunnier days are just around the corner. I still have to battle this never ending virus but it seems so much easier now. There is lots to catch up on and a major spring clean is underway but it seems more achievable at the moment. I have no idea what kind of witchcraft made January such a hard month to bear but it if finally over.

Thank goodness for February!



  1. 13th February 2018 / 6:15 PM

    After all the Christmas festivities January can be seen as a bit of a downer especially as it’s so cold. Maybe Christmas should cover all of winter?! #WotW

    • Louisa
      18th February 2018 / 8:14 PM

      I love Christmas so that’s a fantastic idea!!

  2. 12th February 2018 / 9:02 AM

    I thought that its just me who feels that January seems to have more days than 31!!!! I am so glad for Feb as well. The weather is still cold but the landscape is changing where I am promising spring will be here soon! #wotw

    • Louisa
      12th February 2018 / 3:46 PM

      I’m sure they snuck a few extra days into January this year, it lasted at least 40 days!!

  3. 10th February 2018 / 3:48 PM

    I know exactly how you feel – I thought January would never end!

    • Louisa
      11th February 2018 / 7:20 PM

      Thankfully February is a short month!

  4. 9th February 2018 / 12:00 PM

    January did seem to last forever…Now I want the weather to get a little warmer and dryer and I’ll be happy. hehehe We had the flu last week and it was awful…Fingers crossed we’re over it soon. I hope you are all better soon x

    • Louisa
      9th February 2018 / 1:06 PM

      So many people have suffered, it has been an unusually bad year for viruses I think. Get well soon x

  5. 9th February 2018 / 11:19 AM

    Being a gardener, I get very lonely for Spring! It’s almost time to start seeds indoors!! Woo Hoo! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


    • Louisa
      9th February 2018 / 1:05 PM

      I have to be careful planting indoors because the cat eats everything! Roll on for outdoor planting!

  6. 9th February 2018 / 10:28 AM

    I hope I’m not jinxing things but we have all managed to avoid this nasty flu. I’m sorry it found your family though, it does sound really awful, poor Junior ending up in hospital. I really hope that you are all feeling better very soon xx

    • Louisa
      9th February 2018 / 1:03 PM

      Thank you Anne. I think we were unlucky to be in an area with such high rates. Over a third of his class were off school with it at one stage x

  7. 9th February 2018 / 10:20 AM

    Sorry to hear you’ve all been suffering, hope you’re on the up now. I don’t like January so I was glad to see the back of it, too. Though February has started feeling just as cold – I want some warmth! Here’s to a better month x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Louisa
      9th February 2018 / 1:02 PM

      I’m hoping for a much better month but the flurries of snow we’ve had this week aren’t helping!

  8. 9th February 2018 / 8:19 AM

    January is a tough month at the best of times. So sorry to hear about Junior ending up hospitalised with the flu, hope he is much better now. It’s a relief to be in February with signs of spring starting to appear and to know that winter will be over soon. Hope you are over your virus soon as well. #WotW

    • Louisa
      9th February 2018 / 1:01 PM

      Thanks Louise, he is getting better every day. It was a shock to be so ill from it but the doctors and nurses were brilliant with him x

  9. chantelle hazelden
    9th February 2018 / 8:02 AM

    See January never drags for me but then it is filled with a lot of birthdays, my February is just as busy. I’m personally holding out for March! #pocolo

    • Louisa
      9th February 2018 / 12:59 PM

      We have mine, my daughters and my aunts birthday in Jan but this year it didn’t help!

  10. 6th February 2018 / 1:58 PM

    Hi Louisa, January has also been a never-ending month here too. We usually get a couple of weeks of cold clear weather in January (fondly referred to as the Halycon days), but not this year. Our health has been okay though, so that is something to be thankful for… I hope you all start to feel much better soon and that the brighter sunnier days help to lift your mood.


    • Louisa
      7th February 2018 / 3:58 PM

      Hi Debbie! Isn’t it funny how people outside of the UK have had the same experience?

  11. 6th February 2018 / 1:41 PM

    Yes, totally agree with January being tough. I’m going to come up with a plan for next year to make it easier. We had flu too. First time ever. Sounds like you had a really tough time with it. Glad Junior is recovering. So scary. #MMBC

    • Louisa
      7th February 2018 / 3:55 PM

      We’ve never had the flu before either. We all spent several days unable to get out of bed. Junior is much better now thank you x

      • 9th February 2018 / 10:26 AM

        I’m threatening to take everyone for flu jabs next year. (Back again for #wotw)

        • Louisa
          9th February 2018 / 12:58 PM

          You should do. Mr M gets them due to his job and he is the only one who hasn’t been ill

  12. 5th February 2018 / 8:14 PM

    How awful to have had the flu! Hope you’re all feeling lots better now. Weirdly January wasn’t too bad for me – I actually think February might be more of a struggle. I keep being tricked into thinking it’s spring when it very definitely isn’t!

    • Louisa
      7th February 2018 / 3:54 PM

      The snow yesterday certainly threw a seasonal curve ball. Just as things seemed to be picking up!

  13. 5th February 2018 / 6:58 PM

    So terrible just how many families New Years have started so badly with flu and bugs. Cold weather too. Good to see lighter nights and a barely there but still there increase in temperature occasionally. Here is to a Fabulous February for you and yours. #MMBC

    • Louisa
      7th February 2018 / 3:53 PM

      Thank you, you too! Here’s to brighter days

  14. 5th February 2018 / 6:53 PM

    After New Year’s January seems like an endless month of snow, ice, slush and this year exceptionally strange weather. This awful flu is everywhere and knocking people down left and right. I’m very lucky to be stuck with an endless cough I picked up before Halloween and no flu. I’m especially lucky my elderly mother has escaped it so far. I hope you and yours recover from it soon.
    I keep hearing about daffodils coming up, but if a flower showed up around here during our warmer weeks it was in for a very unpleasant surprise.

    • Louisa
      7th February 2018 / 3:52 PM

      Thank you Jeanna. My Mom has luckily escaped the flu but because she is having chemo it means none of us have been able to visit and she missed mine and my daughters birthday. Hopefully we will be fit to catch up soon

  15. 5th February 2018 / 6:18 PM

    January was a untypical cold month for me and I’m smiling and happy it’s February. #MMBC

    • Louisa
      7th February 2018 / 3:50 PM

      You and me both!

  16. 5th February 2018 / 6:00 PM

    I found January tough on finances and the dismal weather, now and again it feels like Spring is on it’s way when the sunshine shows an appearance X #mmbc

    • Louisa
      7th February 2018 / 3:49 PM

      I think having 5 Mondays didn’t help either. It somehow made it feel longer!

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