Nan, in her blog All the Good Names Were Taken wrote about the gloom that accompanies the grey, bleak days of winter.
I love these grey days, when there is snow on the ground, there is no color and the world appears in shades of grey, and the wind is blowing creating a wind chill that makes you want to stay inside. This is the type of day to set no expectations, but to do whatever feels good in the moment. It is a day for reading, or watching TV, or sleeping, or cooking, or drinking wine, having sex, taking a nap; or all of the above. On these days nature rules, and we can stay by the fire and let nature have her way.
Another thing I like about these days is I don’t have to see people. I am like the badger in Wind and the Willows: “I hate company.” Actually, I can tolerate company at short intervals; but I always feel other people around too long are and intrusion.
I actually don’t mind being alone. There are times I have relished being alone in the north woods in the winter time. I have often hunted alone, camped alone and fished alone – always dreading the encroachment of other humans on my privacy. Those days of chosen isolation are gone now that I am married, and that is a small thing to give up for the love of a woman. My wife and I have never been separated more than a few days in thirty-five years. However, we both hate company and value the alone time we spend together.
And what better alone time than a grey mousy day.