Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer coming in

Summer is a-coming in
Loudly sing cuckoo
-Medieval English round (Cuckoo Song)
Oh, I could do without summer. Sensitivity to light is a really stubborn thing.

Months of low-grade vigilance, not able to really wind down, nor sleep deeply. Often waking up during the night. Months of walking around kind of irritated and miserable, in a hard-to-pin down sort of a way. My work performance suffers, since tolerating stuff and people is part of what I'm supposed to do.

The whole cycle of misery seems to start around May 1. Not exactly sure when it eases up. Exercise doesn't help, except it's something absorbing to do during the many waking hours... I haven't found anything that makes it better. Melatonin helps me get to sleep, but at the cost of many bad side effects.

So Tuesday, we got blinds. Well, shades actually. Custom window coverings.

Thirteen years in the same house, looking every day at these horrible cheap white blinds. But aside from being ugly, they were not so good at keeping light out. We were able to do something about it because (for now anyway) I have a job. Down came the sad rental-house Mini Blinds of White Vinyl and up went the soothing elegant Roman Shades of Dark Fabric. That was Tuesday.


Every night since I have slept through the night. Time will tell but it feels like restful sleep. Sure, the long hours of sunlight and heat are bothersome. With sleep though, I should be able to deal with it so much better.

It's worth pretty much any price. What was the price, you ask? Eight thousand dollars.

That's right, $8000. How lucky are we, to have that kind of money to make life better in a significant way? And how many people aren't able to? Some day I'll write a post (or two) on the financial aspects of this journey.

For now I'm looking forward to as much reliable, restful sleep as possible. Loudly say woo hoo!


  1. That's great! I'm really happy for you. Sleep is critical and you never realize it until you're already several days without. That's wonderful news. (Eight grand was a shocker, admittedly.)

  2. We probably spent at least that much on shutters. Totally worth it.

  3. Wow! Good for you. I wonder why the shades are so expensive…I think Margaret used to make them. I also have a problem sleeping well during the high sun time of the year with a corresponding difficulty waking up during the low sun time of the year. I've been attributing it to the enzymes triggered by sunlight. People who read your blog might enjoy this article: . Maybe I need to get the blinds/shades you did. :)