Gray Day Again
Yes, I am concerned about the drought in California. I am blessed to live in the far northwestern corner of the state. This area has been spared the severe drought status of most of the state, largely because I live in the middle of a redwood forest. So I am not insensitive to my good fortune.
But every autumn and winter I brace myself for GRAY. Dreary weather depresses my mood in direct proportion to the number of consecutive days of steely (at times magnificent) cloudy skies.
I was born and grew to adulthood in New England. This time of year I try to balance off my deflated energy with the knowledge that it rarely approaches freezing temperatures here and we do not get any appreciable snow this close to the California coast. But rationalization does not help.
This year I am working with the antidote of color. I am deliberately starting knitting and quilting projects using riotous colors. Knitting projects are in fuchsia and deep rich red. Quilting projects are in color saturated batiks, sunny yellow and grass green. So far that approach seems to be helping somewhat along with the daylight lamps.
Meanwhile I watch the rain come down and count my blessings.