Initially I planned to title this post Surviving January, but that seems to be setting a rather low standard. Better instead to enjoy this month of post-holiday celebration and excess. The last couple of months of the year engage all the senses all the time, so January may seem rather abrupt in its stark simplicity. With that in mind, here are some ideas to make the rest of the month, well, enjoyable.
Paperwhites are lovely to look at, and they have a distinct fragrance as well. If you didn’t force your own bulbs, you can still buy the potted flowers at most florists and some groceries. Crocus and hyacinth are available in some areas, too, and these have a milder scent than the paperwhites.
Lemons brighten up some spots where Christmas decorations once caught my eye. I use preserved ones in the front hall and family room. Real ones in the kitchen. Ina Garten, the beloved Barefoot Contessa, swears by drizzling lemon over almost everything to “brighten” the flavor. Drizzle lightly.
Another bright spot for the Mister and me is ruby red grapefruit. One for breakfast; half for lunch in salad—maybe with avocado; and half for dessert after dinner. Heavenly.
Now, for comfort, cashmere socks. Without a doubt these are on my top ten list of gifts to give and to receive. For outside, add boots with a reasonable heel, which in my case means practically none, and walk tall.
Another item for comfort is a great handcream. Neutrogena’s Norwegian formula is terrific—soothing and protective. The Mister relies on it. I love it, too, and use it faithfully before bed. Throughout the day, though, I like something a little lighter, and my new favorite is L’Occitane’s Shea Butter hand cream. I have one in my handbag and one in my top desk drawer. My favorite scent is Acacia.
If you’re staying in, then perhaps you need to check out It's a Golden Day and enter Bevy’s pink and green monogrammed snuggie giveaway! She sure looks cozy!
And, finally, to truly enjoy January, I say Let’s eat up all that leftover Christmas chocolate!