Daily prompt: I hate winter!

Daily Prompt
Climate Control
The idea that the weather and people’s moods are connected is quite old. Do you agree? If yes, how does the weather affect your mood?

It’s my belief – my firm conviction, in fact – that only three things stand between the British and nationwide, annual-onset SAD: football, rampaging weekends in Amsterdam and winter breaks on the Costa del Sol. All three of which they seem to embrace with unusual fervour.

And who can blame them? If I were forced to endure months of wet, grey skies and temperatures so bleak they made my nose run, I would assuredly crawl into a hole and rot.

Which is to say that I hate winter with a passion unmatched by any other hate in my life.

I hate crawling from my doona cocoon in the morning, I hate the inevitable moments of naked deep-freeze before and after the shower; the torture of swapping warm clothes for cold pyjamas each night is enough to keep me out of bed far longer than is good for my circadian rhythms. And the worst insult? My unlovely feet insist I treat them like delicate incubating eggs, to ward off the simmering spite known as chilblains.

Today is the first official day of winter. The sky is blue with a puffy cloud or two, the current temperature is 21.3C – but I know it’s winter, and that’s enough to plunge me into deep depression and unalleviated grumpiness: the knowledge that it will get worse before it gets better. (And what’s more it’s Sunday, which has a stultifying torpor all its own.)

Whether I qualify as a genuine sufferer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or just a bolshie old lady conditioned by past cruel winters, is entirely beside the point.



I do not like thee, Winter Fair.
For why? I neither know nor care.
I only know I cannot bear
Your snarling, joyless face. So there!


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17 Responses to Daily prompt: I hate winter!

  1. But you get to wear fabulous coats and colourful scarves and felt cloches are still in. I’d take winter over 40 degree summers any time!

  2. I oddly like winter if there is distinct weather, i.e. snow. The endless grey rain and damp is shitty whatever continent you occupy. But by the sea? Most things are tolerable, I still envy you! x

  3. bkpyett says:

    I must admit, I too love the rainy weather much better than the stifling heat. Loved your descriptions and your poem!

  4. Noah Weiss says:

    What are the average winter temperatures where you live? In the Midwest (of the USA), there are often long stretches of sub-zero (Celsius) temperatures, and this winter, there were bad stretches of sub-zero (Fahrenheit) temperatures.

    I loved the flaming-mad basketball image that you used.

  5. In Venice where the wide Gulf glitters
    It’s hard to swallow winter bitters
    Soak those chilly feet
    Quaf a warming treat
    Then read this rhyme and try some titters

  6. elainecanham says:

    I am British. I like appalling days, because it gives me an excuse to light the fire, and I like hot days because I like lolling about in the garden. You sound like you’re in need of a leccy blanky.

  7. The log fires of my childhood are a cherished memory – winter was bearable, then. And a hottie to hug (NOT the human variety) makes bed as good as hibernation. It’s getting there I hate. The rest is probably psychological.

  8. More time to write, in winter.

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