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Cabin Fever.

I don’t think I’ve ever suffered from such terrible cabin fever. Every winter I deal with a bout with it. I think most New Englanders do. It’s cold. It’s snowy. There isn’t as much sunlight.

On the positive side, at least the sun is starting to set a bit later now. At least when it’s out it does.

But after being buried under over six feet of snow in just 2 weeks, I can officially say that my cabin fever has hit an all-time high.

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I’m not a snow bunny. I don’t enjoy skiing. I’ve never been snowboarding, but I’m guessing I’ll have the same feeling towards it as I do skiing. I don’t mind playing in the snow, but I don’t like getting wet and cold. The only thing I really like about snow is taking pictures in it.

I am thinking about buying snowshoes. Just to give something in the snow a try. Who knows. Maybe I’ll find a winter activity I’ll actually enjoy.

Needless to say, I’ve had enough of winter. I’m over the snow. I’m over the arctic cold that seems to follow every storm (can we say windchills below zero at least once a week?). I’m over wearing eight layers of clothes no matter where I go.

During yesterday’s storm, where we got another 18 inches, all I wanted to do was get in my car and drive somewhere. Now I know that would have been stupid, and not feasible, but that’s how bad my cabin fever was. So I continued to get some work done from home, all while trying to imagine being in a warmer climate.

Cabin fever can be an adventure in itself – think The Shining. Thankfully, I’m not at that point, nor would I ever, but I’m definitely to my breaking point with it. I’m trying to conquer it. I’m trying to get myself into a more consistent workout routine. I’m taking advantage and reading more (if that’s even possible). I’m trying to relax more.

Cabin fever just makes me cranky, with zero motivation. So the above tasks seem even harder than normal. I pretty much either want to:

a) Run around in the sunshine (clearly not happening anytime soon.)

or

b) Sleep until spring. Hibernation sounds like an excellent solution at this point. Now I know why bears do it.

But I’m definitely feeling the burn. And am anxiously awaiting the snow, and the cold, to stop. I don’t think it will be happening anytime soon though. We’re due for another storm on Thursday into Friday, with the potential for blizzard conditions.

Sigh. This is definitely the winter that won’t end. Can we please just have a break from the snow and cold? Like one sunny 40 degree day is all I’m asking for. That’s it!

Is anyone else suffering from horrible cabin fever this winter?

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Power Outage’s Make for Great Photography Excursions

The October Snowstorm came and went, but left hundreds of thousands without power. During Hurricane Irene at least, it was still warm out. Losing power when it’s 30 degrees out is just not the adventure that one would think it might be. Look at this way – it’s like camping in the winter, except instead of camping you are huddled under mounds of blankets and numerous layers just trying to keep warm. Grab a book and just kick back. Or if you get too cold, hop in your car and drive around with the heat on.

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We were one of the lucky few who didn’t lose power during the storm (during is the key word in this sentence). Instead, we lost it at 11:15 AM, when the storm was long behind us, the snow was melting and everything seemed to be warming up back to typical October weather. Don’t worry, it didn’t make sense to me either.

So after a morning at the barn and a nice hot shower, I began my day. Since there was no power and boredom would have set in pretty fast on this perfect Sunday afternoon, I grabbed my camera and wondered around my great little city. Sometimes loss of power can turn positive, like today, and it gave me a burst of creativity.

My first stop was Cashman Park – one of my town’s great little parks that has plenty of recreation space, a revamped playground and a boat launch, all along the scenic Merrimac River. The wind was whipping pretty good when I got out of the car, but with the sun shining bright, it allowed me to take pretty vivid shots.
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Gillis Bridge

Next on the photography excursion was Atkinson Common. Another of my cities great little parks. Everyone that grew up in Newburyport has some form of memory from this park. Atkinson is known for their creepy tower that stands in the middle near the tennis courts. Growing up, it was always the topic of ghost stories and hauntings. It’s even creepier when you get up near it and look inside the jail-like bars upside. It definitely reminds me of an old jail (fitting for Halloween..)

Atkinson Tower

Atkinson is full of beautiful surprises (especially in the summer). Below are just a couple more of the beauty within this park.

Oak Tree
Atkinson StatueOnce I made it home from my little excursion, the power had been restored! Needless to say, maybe a little power outage isn’t such a bad thing (unless it’s been out for a long time, or it’s cold out… or you have other things to be doing besides going out and taking pictures…).

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