House & Home

Dreary Weather and Cupcakes

Dear Mother Nature,

I seriously have an issue with your behavior lately – especially over the past four or five days. A week ago, the sun was shining and I was able to have the windows open with the breeze blowing through the house. Friday, the clouds and rain moved in and it has rained Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and the first part of Monday.

I know the clouds finally rained themselves out, and the clouds have moved on. But really, why so many days of rain and so much rain?

If you need medication to get yourself balanced, see your doctor, or you could always come and have a cup of coffee with me.

Yours truly,

Tired of roller coaster weather

That was yesterday, and although the sky was still overcast most of the day, the deck finally dried out enough so the dogs could go out and play. The clouds, however, still had me wanting to crawl between the covers and go back to sleep.

I need the sun.

I was doing great earlier in the week last week: planted herbs in pots, cut back bushes and trees, and worked to tame the weed population that has infested my yard. I soaked up the sun.

But that warmth and energy has leaked out of my soul and I needed more.

What to do to bring the sun into my world and a more positive attitude? Bake cupcakes.

What do you do when it is still raining and you have no cake mix in the pantry? Look for a recipe to make cupcakes from scratch.

I found these “Go-To Vanilla Cupcakes” on line. Super easy recipe and the scent of vanilla filled the house.

Then, since there wasn’t a container of frosting in the pantry, I found an easy butter cream frosting recipe on line as well. Stuff the frosting into a plastic sandwich bag, cut the corner off, and tried to swirl the frosting like a professional.

Over the years, I have learned that when my mood and energy are low, I need to get up and do something – anything other than sit and watch television or drown myself in games on my computer/phone or just sit and drown in the clouded feelings.

I bake; I paint; I color in a color book.

What do you do to lift your mood on a gray day?

Thanks for reading.


As you move through your day-to-day activities and responsibilities, please remember to

Live Life –

Keep Things Simple –

Look for the Positive –



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