This winter has seemed like Ground Hog Day...all winter long. The days are dark and unusually short. I swear this year they seem much shorter than ever, maybe 4 hours long. We get a few days of sunshine, but most are just gray. Sometimes it rains all day long. But even with these slight differences each day seems almost the same as each day before with no new edges or harsh angles. I do tend to get a mild version of Seasonal Affective Disorder this time of year. I understand why Scandinavian literature is so plodding and sad.
My usual reaction is to curl up on the couch in "seasonal-change-wait" mode and read or watch TV. I have edited all of my recent photos and there is nothing new to play with as you can take only so many photos of birds and gray trees. This is the season of boredom and depression. No wonder the entire nation is arguing about guns instead of poverty and jobs or chocolate cake and wine. (We own 2 guns, have no fear of anyone taking them, and are pro-gun control, of course.)
I got so bored a few days ago that I cleaned the two bathrooms downstairs toothbrush clean---actually using an old toothbrush at times. Everything that wasn't bolted down was taken out and every corner was scrubbed. Every rug was washed, every wall artwork dusted, every light fixture polished. I threw away toothbrushes and extra lotions I hadn't used in years. I even organized the drawers. I turned on all the lights teasing the sun to come out. Boy am I bored!
Then just when I was ready to start taking drugs, I woke early one morning to an unusual golden light peaking at my eyelids and saw this! I could not contain myself, grabbed my camera and ran in slipper-socks to the dock. My socks became heavy squishy sponges as I cross wet grass and wet wood, but the temperature was not brutally cold, just bearable. I stood on the dock in my new white Christmas bathrobe and wet feet looking like a giant poodle with black paws and snapped away in wonder. I even had time to look at the sky and enjoy the moment. There were two and one was complete.
Today they are predicting snow!! I am really excited for another change! It seems that I will survive. My hearing will improve. (Oh, the prior post was about Justin Timberlake's new song "Suit and Tie.")