The January Cure has come around again, and Stratoz and I are giving our house some attention. Besides cleaning tasks, there is the task of buying flowers weekly, and the color is a lift in the winter. Another task is to sit in a place you don’t usually sit, and observe the new view for 10 minutes. Taking this photo I noticed that the turtle is swimming in blue water. How did I not notice that before? How much of our homes do we actually see? How much of our lives?
For the third year, Stratoz and I are doing the January Cure at Apartment Therapy, a kind of Spring Cleaning in the winter time. My favorite task is buying flowers. It had never occurred to me to buy flowers when there were none in the garden, and the infusion of color does me good in the bleak midwinter. The less favored tasks include cleaning out the fridge and the pantry. I found a 10 year old jar of turmeric, which in its brilliance still glows yellow-orange. It’s not that we’ve neglected to use turmeric, but that it was a large bottle, and we’ve depleted it slowly, half a teaspoon at a time. It has become a resident of the house, living here almost as long as we have. I suspect a new bottle will knock us over with its hue.