I am in the Doldrums

The Doldrums is an actual place (2).  I am in a different Doldrum place.  I am in 1 and 3.

noun, ( used with a plural verb)

a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art:

August is a time of doldrums for many enterprises.

the doldrums.

  1. a belt of calms and light baffling winds north of the equator between the northern and southern trade winds in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
  2. the weather prevailing in this area.

a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits.
Number 2 looks like this:
boat-2137770__340Although it looks pretty, it could be deadly.  No wind, no movement, no nothing and is where the phrase being in the Doldrums comes from.  There is no wind in these sails and no one is going anywhere.
I have been under the weather since the start of last week.  I even had to take a day off of work it was that bad.  Even though we had some lovely weather over the weekend and I had plenty of light, I was too tired to do anything.  I don’t have my mojo.  Although I feel marginally better, I still feel flat.
My new contract is easy and I have opportunities to catch up with the news on the internet.  I can also read art blogs.  I need inspiration.  I have gone off printing and feel I need to paint.  Something pretty would be nice.  So, I am going to try something different.
I will let you know how it goes.  In the meantime, you can find me in the Doldrums.

10 thoughts on “I am in the Doldrums

  1. Hi Arlene, I can relate to how you are feeling. Sometimes it helps me to rest during these periods and journal. Other times, I look at books, Instagram or Pinterest for ideas. I hope you feel yourself again soon. ❤️

  2. Same here Arlene, was sick in bed for 2 days and have been in a blue funk for a couple weeks. Ugh! We are on the mend though, aren’t we? That class is going too inspire you! Can’t wait to see your new work!

  3. You seem to know your flora? They say paint, draw what interests you. This year it’s all about “to thine own self be true”. That’s my dilemma these days, For instance, I’m seriously contemplating leaving the country because of the political climate. It’s been hard to focus when everyday there’s another drama/disaster in the white house.. Feel like I should be learning to speak Russian instead of Mexican!

    1. Arlene

      Hi Deb, I do love flowers and will hopefully be painting more of them. As for leaving the country, in some ways it is no better anywhere else. I am glad that I left when I did though. Maybe you just need a really good holiday. I can recommend walking the Camino de Santiago. It will put things in a whole new perspective. xx

      1. Did you live here in the US Arlene? Are you an ex pat? Walking the Camino has been on my radar ever since I read about Shirley MacClain’s pilgrimage years ago. Your love of flowers comes through in your paintings❤ Can’t wait to see!

      2. Arlene

        Yes, I moved to the UK in 1988. I recommend watching The Way with Martin Sheen. We went for cultural reasons and a physical challenge. Carrying your worldly possessions on your back for 6 weeks and walking everywhere gives one a different perspective.

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