If you read my post yesterday and readers' comments, you might not be surprised to see that I've written about the wintertime blues before. Here's a link to a fairly short post I published in early December of 2007, when I had just returned to gloomy Saint-Aignan after a trip to the blindingly bright and sunny North Carolina coast.
Here's a link to a Mayo Clinic web page about SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. I think I'm having a bad case of it this year. Maybe that's because the summer was so sunny, dry, and hot, from May until October. Then the annual winter rains came early and it has rained nearly all the time since then.
Also, the hours of darkness are long. Today the sun will rise at 8:27 a.m. and set at 5:04 p.m. That's about eight hours of daylight for us, out of 24 hours.
According to a French weather and climate site that I've started following — here's a link — in this part of France, we had nearly 220 hours of sunshine last September. We had nearly 75 hours (!) of sunshine in all of November. No wonder I feel a little moody. The 2007 post I linked to above clued me in when I stumbled upon it this morning.
In December 2007, I was mystified to find myself not enjoying good food the way I usually do and almost always have. I've noticed that same SAD symptom for the past couple of months. Now I have to figure out what to do about it.