Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sunny Days

It's nice to see the sun again. You can't rely on it, if you live in a coastal city; fog comes with the territory, or that medium-level cover of dry gray clouds they call "the marine layer." Yesterday it even rained; but for the whole last week we've had clouds, pretty much all day every day. I think there was one sunny day.

Now that I'm retired, I spend a lot of time in the house. Our house is an active pleasure to be in on a sunny fall or winter morning. The whole south side is covered with windows, and the southerly sun streams in and warms the place up, physically and spiritually. On a cloudy day, though, everything is gray, the sky, the neighborhood - even the yard seems subdued, despite my husband's efforts to have something in bloom at all times.

The most annoying days are when the clouds just sit on the East Bay hills, like the cloud that followed Joe Btfsplk around in L'il Abner, and the rest of the Bay Area is sunny. Talk about unfair! When I worked, I had a sporting chance of seeing some sun in Concord. But then, of course, I had to work... and the policy at the office was to keep the blinds closed at all times to keep the building temperature even and save energy. (Gee, thanks, guys.)

Today we had some early clouds, and then they blew over and the sun came out, so the house was happy again all morning. It really makes me think of "The sun pours down like honey" (but not on Our Lady of the Harbor) from Suzanne. I'll have to think of something to do this winter to ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder.


  1. Anonymous8:34 PM

    Go down to your local hardware or discount store. Buy some broad spectrum light bulbs.

  2. But do they come in compact fluorescent??

  3. Anonymous7:55 PM

    There's been some discussion of these in my classes. Verilux's Happy Light the brand I've heard of.

  4. Anonymous7:33 PM

    Try marijuana, hedera. There's tons of it within a one mile radius of your home (everybody's home, actually).

  5. Well, there probably is, gillian; but I'm so paranoid about getting caught that I'm not sure it'd have the right effect. The feds have been cracking down on medical marijuana big time around here. Someday maybe we'll get rational legal treatment of drugs (see my post Prohibition doesn't work from 2006); meantime, the people in states with tough state drug laws are probably able to enjoy their weed more freely than we Californians...