Turning grey and cold into koselig
October is a month of change. The leaves on the trees burst into a glorious riot of colour. Even the colour of the water deepens from hues of teal and turquoise to deeper shades of navy and blue violet. October is orange pumpkins, red apples and golden piles of leaves.
Suddenly, November is upon us. The brilliance of summer and the warm hues of autumn disappear into grey November days. The weather takes a dramatic turn to cold wintery winds. The leaves are gone from the trees; the ocean takes on various shades of grey to match the rain clouds; night closes in on us even earlier as we switch back from daylight savings time.
We live in an older farmhouse – built around 1901 I believe. Slowly but surely we have been making improvements: some new windows, a new heating system, added insulation in the attic. There is more work required and it can still be pretty chilly when the weather is wintery. This year I bought a wool mattress pad and a wool comforter for my bed (there is no source of heat in the bedroom with the exception of my fur-beasts). While the woollen bedding is an amazingly wonderful and cozy addition, it makes crawling out of bed in the morning a real challenge. On a grey November day, I want to pull the covers back up over my head and stay in my warm cocoon. (photo – Hobbes enjoying her cocoon of warm woollies)
Do grey days and cold weather have an impact on your mood and energy level? I would love to hear what works for you!