Ever since fall began to set in, I've had a hell of a time getting out of bed in the morning. My usual wakeup times of 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, come and go as I remain burrito'ed in my covers.
When I sleep in, I end up having vivid, complicated dreams all morning long. This morning my dream was a variation on a recurring dream that I've discovered new rooms in my house that I never knew existed. In this case, I was staying at a house with a bunch of relatives, bunked uncomfortably with someone else. I started walking down the hallway and found two more bedrooms that we weren't using. One was rather plain, but comfortable. The other was in a beautiful room with lots of windows and had an ornately carved wooden bed. Unfortunately, the room was so cold that nobody would want to sleep there.
It's not surprising that I would dream about relatives this month. My late mother and grandmother both had October birthdays. My cousin and his dad also have birthdays in October, so we always used to have annual get-togethers to celebrate them all at once. Another uncle - my mother's brother - passed away just last week, which will be another touchpoint of October sadness for the family.
I always forget how much the gloom affects me as the days get shorter and colder. I need to kick up the multi-vitamins, keep the exercise going and make sure to spend time outside whenever the sun is shining. As tempting as it is to stay in bed all day, I have stuff to do!