Monday, June 8, 2009


It seems I am one of the few who has not embraced the layer of fog and gray skies that have descended on our landscape.

Oh, I LOVE this weather. So coool....

Makes me want to just snuggle in.

Don't you just LOVE it?

Aaaah. No. I don't. In fact, I HATE it. Loathe IT in every fiber of my being, truth be told. I find it suffocating and oppressive, and frankly I feel like I'm on THE EDGE. If I ever thought I had issues with lack of sun before this, my doubts have passed. I truly DO have issues with day after day after day after day...of gray skies. Now, I know you farther up and over people, yes YOU in Washington State, Oregon and parts due NW, yes YOU are probably at this point... laughing maniacally. After all, how could someone living in Sunnyville Lalala, USA complain about gray skies. Well... I just CAN, thank you very much.

Seriously? It's a little scary. I am finding it harder to do everything these days. To get dressed, take a shower, get out of the house...all I want to do is pull the covers over my head and wake up when the sun comes out. IS THE SUN COMING OUT AGAIN? And I've been baking cookies. Lots of them. And eating cookies. Lots of them. And talking about baking more cookies, different cookies. Lots of them.

OK, typically, this time of year we have what we call in these parts... June Gloom. It is when the fog/mist whatever encroaching element of evil you'd like to name it...just rolls in and burns off in late morning or after lunch. Well? It's not burning off. At all. Tonight I got a glimpse of blue sky. It was 6:30pm. Yeah, blue sky one hour before sunset! Eureka! It's been 10 days now, and the forecast for the week? More of the same...

June Gloom has been reported by some Californians to bring on symptoms consistent with seasonal affective disorder. It is often cited as a time of depression.

Ya, THINK???

It's bad. Really bad. And the worst thing? The very worst thing? Is that it is SO bad. So very bad. That I am writing about it...

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  1. You have my sympathies. I know I would not be able to function in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe years ago, but after 45 years of straight-up sunshine 95% of the time, it is what my brain and body are accustomed to.

  2. I did not know this about June weather where you live...seems as though we've stolen your sunshine and let her blaze mightily in the Pacific NW these last few weeks.

    I so understand. Gray begets a gray mood; hoping it passes soon.

  3. Oh...I actually do love our June gloom. I know that once it burns off we will bake for months on end.

  4. I know that my mood is definitely affected by dreary weather. I grew up here and I need sunshine!

    However, our whole family (both sides) live in Oregon, so we're always wondering if we should move up there. I've been thinking about it more seriously than ever these last few months. There are several reasons I want to stay here, and one of the biggies is that I worry if I would be too depressed all the time under Oregon's cloudy skies!!

    (That being said, I actually like June gloom. It makes me feel like summer's almost here!)

  5. 58 degrees and rainy/overcast here in scenic Boston, MA! And that is the forecast for the rest of the week. I've been thinking of baking cookies myself. Toll House...mmm..

  6. Come to Pennsylvania. We're having sun. Until tonight...when it rains, according to the weather forecast.

    Yeah, uh...stay in California. it will perk up soon, right?

    Maybe you need some artificial sunlight. Get a very bright light, a sunhat, sunglasses and a lawn chair and pull it out side your door. Sit, with a good book (under an umbrella of course) and you'll sort of feel like the sun is out. Maybe. Or not....

  7. June gloom. Yuck. June is supposed to be sunshine all the time.
    I hear you. I lived in Vancouver for 3 years and the winters were gray and overcast for weeks at a time. It was yucky yucky yucky.
    My M-I-L actually had a lamp that mimicked the sun's rays and she found it kept her depression under control better than almost anything.
    So, here's to the sun coming at you soon!

  8. I have been wondering the same thing! I am ready for some summer sun, for sure. I prefer it.

    However, I keep telling myself that I am saving a lot of money right now not having to pay for the air conditioner and the sprinklers to run all the time.

    AND, children tend to be calmer in this weather, and since we're in school until June 26 I think it is fooling them into thinking the end of school is still far, far away.

    Don't worry. It will be blazing hot and sunny soon. I promise.

  9. "Seasonal affective disorder" - my affliction has a NAME?! I thought seriously about getting a sun lamp for a while. That, and MOVING! Hope the fog lifts soon, figuratively and literally.

  10. I need to live in a constant cloud cover.

    I fucking HATE it here.

  11. I hear you. It rained 4 days out of 5 last week. The weekend was FINALLY nice, then it's been cloudy and dull since Monday. PLUS - we get 100% humidity to go with it. I definitely suffer from SAD and the last few days have felt like January to me. Yuck.

  12. June Gloom - now in my 12th year in California, it's amazing how dependable June Gloom is.

    let me tell you, it's thicker closer to the coast. I am sitting here looking out my window at fog.

    But that said a former NWterner, this is nothin'! At least its not raining! Plus, you'll wish for this gentle fog when it's 105 later this summer and the Santa Anas blow!

  13. What an interesting weather phenom. I have no knowledge of this but I think I would not like it either. Here we sometimes get clouds of smoke from Mexico that settles over our area and refuses to move for days. I don't like that at all. Nobody does.


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