A friend, who lives abroad and is currently experiencing like her 10th season of summer in a row, sent this message the
other day “hope you’re holding up well in the dark season!”
I responded that I was doing all right this year and there are a couple of reasons why. October and now November have been their usual dull cloudy selves but..
We have early snow cover this year and although it’s not a lot it is white. Bright white and it keeps getting refreshed. Besides being good for next year’s hay it’s also good for my brain. It’s not dull brown and that really helps.
The biggest ticket though is that I’m not spending 40+ hours in a work place with no windows (aka the dungeon). The second the sun does shine I am into the room in our house where it is the most intense. I will sit in the stairwell to enjoy it and perhaps blog while I am there. So even if it’s only out for a few minutes a day I usually get to bask in it.
Like literally basking in it. It just lifts my mind and my mood and I breath deep and relax. It’s like something inside me ignites and even if it’s only for a few minutes I sort of vibrate. I’ve always found it hard to articulate how much the sun is needed inside my being.
The usual time for the sun to finally break out of the clouds is about 45 to 30 mins before it sets. I watch and wait and that’s a sign for walk time. In the winter we do a mixture of road walks and pasture walks. That is dictated by sunshine and path conditions but I’m willing to have tough footage in exchange for sunshine.
So even if it’s only tiny little bits of time per day I am getting maximum value out of those times. So for the first time in many decades the dark season isn’t ruling my life.