Below is what our sky is supposed to look like for the majority of the winter.
People in other places often wonder how we cope with our winters in this place. Quite easily, really, as a rule. Yes, we get tons of snow and really frigid temperatures, but we also get loads of sunshine all winter, and that’s what makes it all very bearable. We’re either first or second on the list of sunniest places in Canada, depending on which source you consult. So, like I’ve said a million times to those who ask, and who look at me like I’ve lost my mind when they hear the response, a -20 degree, calm, sunny day is really, really lovely. And I mean it. Sure, it’s frosty, but it’s an invigorating kind of frosty. I guess that you’d have to be here to understand, but I know of what I speak. Honest, I do!
This year things have flipped around a bit and the usual weather pattern has been absent. As has the sun. Normally we’re locked into a system that allows cold, clear Arctic air to flow down at us for weeks on end. Frigid, definitely, but the sunshine more than compensates for the temperatures. But this year the jet stream has flipped the other way and locked us into a system bringing warmer, damp air up from the south. Hence the endless cloud. Now don’t get me wrong, the break from the deep freeze thus far has been great. But the break from the sun has not.
I get a touch of S.A.D. most winters anyway, as does Stephanie. More than a touch some years, but we get through it. Usually it doesn’t really hit until February, when the weather pattern changes slightly and we get a bit more cloud. By which time the end of winter is in sight, so not a huge deal, really. A few weeks of moping never did anyone much harm. This time it hit early and has really taken hold, thanks to the lack of sunshine. Usually a brisk walk on a sunny day, or spending time by a sunny window, is enough to lift the mood at least somewhat. But of course those haven’t been options this winter.
The easy solution would be to go and have a good old snivel in a doctor’s office and come away with a prescription for anti-depressants. Maybe it will come to that if the cloudiness continues, as the forecast indicates it will for at least a couple more weeks. But I’ve never had to go that route yet, and I’m going to hold out now, if I can. I mean, sure, meds probably would help, but they take a good three weeks to a month to reach peak effect, by which time the weather will have probably changed anyway.
So, I shall employ the tried and true coping mechanism instead, if I can shake the lethargy out of the left leg long enough to give myself a good swift kick. Unless of course I can find a volunteer to administer said kick, since the leg seems to be fast asleep today. Any offers?