On my mind on a cold and dreary Monday

It’s Monday. A cold and dreary Monday, made all the more dreary by the gloriously sunny Spring-like weekend.

Being Monday and cold and dreary, I am having a hard time getting anything done. I’ve started a load of laundry, two blog posts, a book review and a grocery list. All started; none completed. I did, however, start and finish a cup (or two or three) of coffee but I’m not sure that helps or counts.

On my mind this Monday:

  • The cross. With Sunday being Easter, this is the passion week, Holy Week, a time to remember and reflect on the death and resurrection of my Lord.
  • Joy. Or the lack thereof. I am by nature more melancholy than merry; yet, as our family pastor reminded our church in his sermon last night, lack of joy in the Christian is sin. We are to rejoice in Christ as our greatest delight and highest joy!
  • What to cook. I am drawing a blank (yet again) in planning our supper menu for the week. Have I mentioned how much I hate going to the grocery store?
  • Blogger’s block. And whether this, my third post of the day, will actually make “published” status.
  • How to articulate what I liked about a book I really, really liked. It seems the more I love a book, the harder it is to review it.
  • Why the Christian faith of characters in a novel seems so forced and unnatural. (Totally unrelated to the above.) Is it because me speaking of my own faith also seems forced and unnatural (to my shame)?
  • Why it’s so cold in the house (64 degrees). Actually, this conundrum I solved: the heat was OFF but now on again.
  • What chores I can give the boys to do this afternoon that will result in the minimum whine factor. Yes, on a cold and dreary Monday I am in fact a wimp.
  • Where I put the Easter baskets last year.

So, what’s on your mind?


Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

9 thoughts on “On my mind on a cold and dreary Monday”

  1. My friend–you! Sorry to hear that the drears are still attacking AL. GA is actually seeing some sun today. Other than that, it’s about finishing up for Bible study, putting together curriculum choices, and fixing supper tonight. We’re having roasted chicken legs–a PW takeoff.

  2. We’re having a cold, dreary day here, too…after a beautiful weekend. I know what you mean about the difficulties in writing a review for a book you really liked. How many different ways are there to say I really loved this book! and sound genuine?As for the faith of Christian characters, I struggle with that myself as well.You're having a block? You've been blogging a lot lately. In fact, I'm behind in reading your multitude of recent posts because I want to give them their due consideration & thought. Hope your afternoon gets better! Love you,

  3. I am freezing today! It’s 70 in our house and about 50 outside (and cloudy) and I just want to go back to bed!

  4. Could I just cut and paste your post into my blog? ‘Cause I could have written most of it. It’s freezing here. I’m suffering from the blahs. So with you on the Christian characters in books (movies, too!). I’m basically in a funk. We should hang out and drink coffee together. In fact, I think I’ll head to Starbucks this afternoon and toast to you, Lisa! 🙂

  5. It was snowing here this morning – snowing! In April! Clearly I am not in Florida anymore….I get stuck on the supper menu, too. I begged my husband and sons for ideas yesterday, since I seem to be in a real rut. Son #1 requested lasagna. So that’s what we’re having tonight.Christian novels – having tried to write fiction before (unsuccessfully so far) I think it is extremely hard to take something so very real and try to write it into a fictional character and have it sound real. It’s because of the nature of the faith that it is hard to write into fiction, I think. Don’t know if that made sense, but it’s something I think about a lot.What book?????? Hope your day gets better, friend.

  6. Ha, we had the exact opposite today…it is sorching HOT here today (mid-80’s) and gusty winds. It is most certainly a blustery day, but when it is that hot and windy it does not make it fun to go outside…the sweat is almost instantaneous.Thankfully tomorrow a “cold front” blows through South Florida for a couple of days and we will “dip” into the low 70’s. Ya gotta love that!!!I’m so thankful to be able to come over to visit you in your world and see that life is what it is for so many of us right now.There is JOY on the journey it just sometimes gets buried under all the “stuff”.Big Hugs my friend!Melissa

  7. I know well how those kinds of days can be. Sometimes I just go back to bed! lolI plan my menu by the month so I know in advance what I need at the grocery store, etc. It takes some planning and thought but once it’s done, I have at least an working plan for the month, subject to change as needed.

  8. I can totally relate. Maybe for once not today, but definitely a lot of other days. Hope the day picked up for you (as it’s Tuesday when I type this)!

  9. I am real good at “starts” myself ;)The cold and dreary days can really wear on me and we have had some breaks recently but I would love more warm weather! I found the Easter baskets but now it’s more of what to put IN the baskets. I love your status reports and used your great idea today to move me into blogging!

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