I understand, spindrift. Here I believe anyone with money converted their single-glazed Victorian windows to double-glazed many decades before, sometimes even in Edwardian times or at least before the Second World War. But we have, or at least had, utterly frigid winters. And alas a lot of the later, more plebian replacements did not respect any style.
Yes, that kind of damp cold can be far worse than severe but dry cold, as long as one is dressed for the latter.
A warm 31 degrees yesterday, a little cloud cover but forecast for 33 degrees today. The rest of the week will be hovering above 30 degrees but next week probably all the way down to mid-twenties. Sunrise is at 6.45am and sunset about 6pm.
I can't imagine you are likely to have the blues as you might in places much more northerly or southerly. Is Jordan low-lying, mostly? You can get quite a bit of cold rain and even snow in Levantine countries with higher ground.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Oct 20, 2012 18:54:42 GMT
I don't think I get seasonal affective disorder...but I find the winter quite difficult. There's not much to do in the garden, no bumblebees to make me smile....the madness of yuletide and all the associated stress. It's dark when I go to work, and it's dark when I come home...
There are the bonfire parties on November 5th, the lights and fireworks of Diwali...when the 'Golden Mile' is open until late at night with lovely Indian food shops brightly lit selling delicious food...the bonkers shopping before christmas...the bonkers shopping after christmas...being snug indoors and then realising that it's snowing outside...going to christmas markets...feeding the birds in the garden... working over the holiday and decorating my lab coat with tinsel and holly....the Dr Who Christmas Special...looking through seed catalogues in January planning what I'll be growing in the next season....
Not so much winter blues, but extreme fatigue, for no reason. It isn't horribly cold, as it had been in much of January. I had a normal night's sleep, and woke up feeling fine. After a short walk running errands, I had to sit down at the bank branch (they are actually open for a few hours on a Saturday) as I was feeling very exhausted and light-headed. I feel grey and rundown, and look my age (usually I don't).
I feel better now, but was worried for a moment. Suppose this is normal, as we've had a very hard winter.
Could be. I have calcium-magnesium supplements. I'd stopped taking them; I don't think I need them in the summer when I'm eating really fresh, local food, but think I'll resume them in the winter.
I do feel much better today. I was careful to eat a lot of greens, and get enough sleep. As you know from your son, who is much younger than I am, it has been horribly cold here, and even very far south of here in North America.
Glad to read you are feeling better Lagatta. A good dose of natural vitamins through your diet probably felt good. Last night I made myself the most brightly coloured salad I could. Spinach, red and yellow peppers, purple cabbage, tomatoes, onion and topped with some feta cheese and a little olive oil. Today I am going to have some asparagus. I too recognized feeling slow the past week and thought I would try a vitamin boost. This winter has been so cold here and I have to admit everyday I wake hoping to see signs of warming, however, -20C again this morning. I fear a quick melt will happen this year.
Yes, I'm trying to eat fresh vegetables, but sometimes am not even hungry. And no, that is not a good basis for a healthful diet.
Now I'm really an ornery old cuss, complaining about this and that arthritic ache (right now, my left elbow; actually the ligament right above my elbow.
I have some very fresh flatleaf parsley; it looks as nice as local stuff in the summertime. (Though certainly doesn't have as much flavour, or vitamins). Always nicer at Milano (Italian supermarket nearby) than anywhere else, and usually a bit cheaper than chain supermarkets. Will put that in something.
I have to admit that I am becoming a bit cranky too Lagatta. It was -32C with the wind chill when I woke this morning. Our normal average is -6C. I am so eager for a break in the weather to improve my spirits. The renovations and all that has entailed is not helping matters. I had another bright salad for supper, added some avocado today. Maybe I need more protein, I think I will put a pork roast in the slow cooker tomorrow morning.
The gymnast that I help out called asking me to come and review her routines that she will be competing in a few weeks so I have that to look forward to.
It's that time of the year again! I was out at a pharmacy (one of those large ones that sell household items as well) buying dish soap, and there were "house brand" potato chips on sale, 4 for $3! No, I didn't buy any - what the hell is a pharmacy doing selling "house brand" junk food anyway?
But the fact that I ached to eat such crap is a clear sign of the winter blues, when I had perfectly good homemade food at home, including some tiny yellow potatoes.
They aren't announcing a winter as horrible as last year's, which was the worst in decades - I'm still paying off my heating debt - but I loathe winter. Yes, it can be very pretty in the countryside here. But at least in the city I live near a métro station!
I heard on NPR this a.m. quite the contrary, that this winter is predicted to be quite severe. I hope they are wrong. We are still having very mild weather but, the early darkness always messes with my head. If my husband and i aren't out the door by 4pm to take our dog for a long walk, it is dark before we are even half way through the distance we would like. I hate it!!!
When we're holed up in our little cabin, we come in when it gets dark, I cook dinner on the woodstove, we drink wine and talk, maybe watch a tv show on the ipad. We have no electricity so everything runs on batteries. "What time is it? Is it time to go to bed yet?", he asks. "It's 6:30 pm", I say. We laugh and laugh.