In my corner of the world, it's winter now. Short days, cold nights. For a person of a particular temperament, it's enough to make you -- well, me -- scramble under the covers and stay there.
It works! If you can configure your life to ignore winter, give this a try. (You will need reading material, a dog, and a loving servant. You will also need exercise; get outta the damn bed already!)
It hasn't rained so far this winter in Northern California, so that's one pressure-point less. Open the blinds and get some of that daylight inside your cabin. Mood goes up a bit.
Rather than pretend winter's not happening, though, one might as well embrace it. All those stews and braises. Brandy in a snifter if you're so inclined. The wearing of the scarves (Cranky's favorite part of winter, and he has a lot of scarves). The awesome rain boots you can wear even if it's not raining.
The new year brings an urge for renewal, but getting renewal done is not comforting. Sigh. Bite the bullet. Order those appliances and have your favorite plumber install them Expertly Plus One. Now you have comfort!
Which is a little life lesson. Sometimes you have to earn your comfort by doing one or a couple hard things.