January and Little House on the Prairie

by Davina on January 14, 2013


Once upon a time there was a little girl named Laura.  She lived in a log house in the Big Woods.  In the summer they played outside.  In the fall they made lots of food and got ready for the cold ahead.  In the winter they stayed inside all of the time and rarely left their little log house.

In other words…they Hibernated.

January can be a pretty slow month (unless you live where there’s lots of snow and you’re involved with all kinds of winter sports).

You may be feeling a lull.

I’m here to tell you…feel the lull.  Let it happen.

It’s okay to do nothing.

For some reason in our fast paced world slowing down to a snail paced life of hibernating is rarely done.  In many ways we expect that we will never slow down.  We don’t plan to slow down.  We all say we can’t wait to slow down but then we fill our schedules with more and more.

January is our chance to stay home more, cozy up to a fire, watch movies, and hibernate.

After a summer full of vacations, travel, school getting back in session, and holidays to keep us running until our juices run out…let January be your re-cooperating month.  Tell yourself it’s okay not to be busy.

Take full advantage of your downtime instead of feeling compelled to fill it with something.  Our bodies need winter just as much as nature needs winter.  Farmers’ fields can’t handle growing all year long and neither can you.

Enjoy dinner time more.  Sit around the table, chat, laugh, hear the stories from the day.

Retreat to the couch and read stories or watch movies together.

The kids got all of those awesome toys during the holidays.  Let them play together or get on the floor and play with them.

Read the novel you started last year.

Take a nap.

Plan your year.

Luxuriate in a bath.

Let everything be slower.

It’s winter.  Hibernate.

What are your favorite ways to enjoy a slow and hibernating January? I’d love to hear in the comments!


Davina Fear is a Familyness Adventurer. She enjoys Friday Night Dates with her Hot Guy, occasionally forgets to eat lunch, and loves her baking class with Emma.

She blogs at davinafear.com.  She’s obsessed with taking pictures of her cute family and she is teaching an awesomely fun Familyness Photos Workshop.  Join her! You’ll be so glad  you did!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria January 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Thanks Lavina,
I needed that reminder today. I was just starting to feel that tinge of guilt that I haven’t done anything productive today and that my kiddos and I have mostly vegged and spent to much time on netflix and playing angry birds this morning. We go at a fast pace enough of the time, that I don’t need to beat myself up for the slow days, especially in these cold months. I loved this post!


Maria January 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm

I ment Davina…oops :)


Davina January 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

no worries! <3


Davina January 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Hello Maria! I’m so glad this was just what you needed to read today. In fact, I think you should celebrate youself (not beat yourself up) for taking a slow day. It means you’re taking care of you…which means you’re taking care of the people you love. It’s gloomy here and I’m looking forward to finishing homework with the kids, making dinner, and just hanging out on the couch together. :) Happy hibernating to you!


Heather January 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Thank you for sharing. I completely agree with you and I love this post!


Destri January 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Just reading this made my heart rate drop…love it. I actually read it last night too, and I took your advice – a little kiddo time, a little bath, then the book. It was lovely!


Davina January 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Yay! :) I’m so glad you got some downtime, Destri!


Melissa@Julia's Bookbag January 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

This is lovely. Thank you! I needed this reminder. ;)


Melissa January 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Thank you for this post! Just what I needed to hear. With new years resolutions to work on and preschooling starting for my tot, I get overwhelmed! I forget ot enoy this little guy while he’s little! A new baby comin in a few months and I won’t have a chance to sit and snuggle or read a good book or just relax! Nows the time! Here’s to hibernating and slowing down for a season!


Davina January 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm

A new baby coming along is such a great reason to slow down, Melissa! So happy you got the chance to hang out a bit!


Rose January 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm

While my husband watches all the football games and basketball games it is time for me to break out the yarn, needles and hooks and get to making things. I have already made 8 infinity scrafs and have the yarn for 4 more. Setting in my chair with a lovely yarn and my needles is so relaxing. I can still enjoy being with my husband but my hands are busy.


Davina January 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm

That sounds wonderful, Rose. So wish I knew how to knit!


Gretchen January 29, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Wonderfully put! I like the idea of hibernating so much more than thinking of being lazy or taking time for myself, because even though I need to do that it just seems selfish. I like to spend my time rearranging the furniture in my house and cleaning things out, reading, knitting, and writing good old fashioned letters to people.


athensbetty July 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm

i love that book.i am so glad i found other people that like the things i do.


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