Saturday, July 18, 2015

On the home stretch

This week marked the halfway point of winter. THANK GOODNESS. We've had over a week of constant rain here in my little pocket of Melbourne and I'm completely over it.

Yes, I know it's winter. Yes, I know it comes every year. Yes, I know it's not that cold in comparison to other parts of the world. But the next person who tells me to stop whinging gets a punch in the face, because:

Fact 1: I have an ongoing Vitamin D deficiency. This is not fun. It contributes to depression and can affect bone density. Even if I do manage to get outdoors, I'm so rugged up against the cold that only my face is exposed and that simply doesn't cut it for absorbing sufficient Vitamin D. Boo!

Fact 2: S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a real thing and I probably have it. Lack of sunlight seems to make my brain a bit unbalanced. By mid-winter, I don't want to leave the house, or even get out of my pyjamas. I don't even want to answer the phone. I'm sad and I'd like to build a blanket fort and just stay there till Spring.

Fact 3: Numb fingers and toes are not my favourite things. Cold extremities are very difficult to warm up, no matter how many layers of clothing or blankets I pile on.

Anyhoo, today the sun has been shining, so I ventured outdoors for a short walk. Even the swans, herons and cormorants were sheltering somewhere out of sight, along with the kangaroos - except for this one girl with joey onboard:

I'm counting down to September, when we'll be off for a short break in the Whitsundays. Perhaps I can just hibernate until then.



Cyndie @ Mademoiselle Slimalicious said...

I feel your pain Kerryn, i struggle with winter too. It makes me feel guilty as Australian winters are not that cold if i compare to Europe and also winter is much shorter here. My biggest problem is that it's cold INSIDE the house (about 15 degrees), so all i want to do all day is curl up in my PJs on the sofa, hugging a hot bottle (and i do, haha!).. i miss double glazzing and heating on walls or fireplaces like we have in France. Glad to know we're half way through!

Kek said...

That's the trouble with Sydney, Cyndie - there seems to be some mass delusion that it never gets cold, so houses aren't equipped with adequate heating. At least we have good insulation and central heating, so it's warm enough in the house.

Pip said...

I HATE winter too, and tend to suffer with raynards phenomenon although it was worse as a teen/early 20s. It is a big story why I am back here in Southern NZ, instead of Perth, (or the tropics). Condensation, dirty work clothes drying around the home, why do we do it haha???I always love it when it is past the shortest day and by mid July there is noticeably more daylight, (even if still freezing). But D deficiency would suck! Bring on spring, sun and heat!

Kek said...

My Mum had Reynaud's, Pip, so did my grandfather. Not fun, boo!

It's August next weekend, so not long till Spring now. :)

Debstar said...

It's Spring now, things are on the up and up.

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