cabin fever when it’s so freaking COLD?! The high today is in the -2 range, it’s blowing snow so even the main roads are getting snowed shut, never mind our gravel road, our lane and driveway.
I pretty much spent all day yesterday sick on the couch, and even though I’m feeling somewhat better today, I’m no less cranky. There is ice all around our windows and it makes for a sparkly God-given decoration, but I also feel like there is ice all around my heart.
I’ve only left the house in the past week to go to my mother-in-law’s and I left the kids with her for an hour while I went to the library. My kids are driving me crazy. Even when they are being sweet and kind to each other and to me, I still feel out of sorts. Mostly though they are fighting with each other and being prickly and argumentative with me. Aviana has been contradictory, and pushing the limits on everything. Brielle is as well, in addition to fighting naps again and then being whiney and tantrum prone because of it. Cadrian has returned to screaming in the middle of the night.
I don’t know how Ma Ingalls did it.
Maybe it has something to do with the “Children should be seen and not heard” philosophy of child rearing. Maybe had something to do with “the woodshed” mentality. Maybe she was an introvert who didn’t mind being stuffed in her one room cabin in the woods while the snow piled over the windows and up to the eaves and the wind fiercely blew down the chimney. Maybe she never missed what she never knew. Maybe she was just a better person and a better mother.