looking toward spring?

I've been having some major problems with my widgets and sidebar and code. Some people were having problems seeing images and some of my posts weren't showing up at all. So I've reloaded the upgrade and as part of that revised the design scheme. Let me ask, though, is the background too bright? I feel like it needs to be a deeper shade but then I wasn't sure. What do you think? Either way, I'm hoping it will lift my spirits a bit as I reconcile today's weather with the snow we're supposed to get Monday night and Tuesday.