Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Return of the Sun

 At this time of year I eagerly track the patterns of the sun in anticipation of longer days.
Thinning out those weedy pines on the hill was a great step in extending my southern exposure.  I get sun on the house at any time of day now before 4pm, even if just a sliver of sunlight - when the sky is clear anyway.

We've had enough dramatic weather in the past two months to make up for a whole season if you ask me.  Snow, wind, and rain storms, 13 power outages, and that last cold spell down from Canada made me feel like I lived in the arctic!
I've been tested on my pioneer skills (and tolerance) enough to make me wonder if another location would be any easier.  But in the words of the Abraham collective;  you take your (energy) vibration with you wherever you go.  So until I can master this lifestyle with ease, I shall just carry on here.

The best thing that happened this winter was the purchase and use of a light box for the symptoms of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  I wasn't sure to what degree I had this but learned about it in a terrific book called "Winter Blues" by Norman E. Rosenthal, MD.  (By the way, the fourth edition has updated information).
I feel like a new person!  I feel like the person I am during the longer, lighter days.  Energetic, inspired, confident.  There's a lot to be said for a balanced brain chemistry!  
With this new tool I am better able to cope with the challenges that come along here.

After the last snowstorm and nearly 3 day power outage, I got busy working with my local development on an emergency call list.  I'm happy to say that I have passed through all the red tape so far and will soon be implementing the plan.  We will ask residents if they would like to be on the list, to have someone call or check on them during outages or storms.  A designated representative from each division will cover their area.  Sometimes just a human voice that cares is a comfort to those that live alone.
It's a great concept that I hope will catch on in other housing developments and small communities.

Work continues on the kitchen, and small steps are getting accomplished.  I'm taking pictures of the progress and will post them when I'm nearer to completion.

In the meantime, I hope you are all well and getting off to a great start in this new year!


  1. Good information in your post Jeni. I will look into a light box for myself! I have heard of them before. I will read the book first and see. Thanks! Your plan for contact in your community during power outages and storms sounds like a winner and I can see this concept being used in many communities. Sound like something that Lake Cushman Home Owners on Facebook could be interested in.

    1. Hi Ida! That was my next task was to get links up for the book and the lights - now in the side bar to left.
      The call list can be organized through the board - but someone has to spearhead it - like a committee.
      Thanks so much for following my blog!! :)

  2. I love your photos, Jeni! THIRTEEN power outages?! Aiyo! I would have completely lost my patience. Sounds like you're doing some great things to feel empowered in the winter--good going! xo Jennifer

  3. I hope you will post pictures of your kitchen in progress soon!

    1. OK Lynne! Just added it yesterday~ :)


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