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Ouch the sun hurts! Thursday June 18, 2015

Does anyone else find sunny days hard? I do. I do adore a sunny day, the heat of a holiday healthiest times. Skin out, vitamin D pouring in, mood lifting. A cold sunny day at home, yes. A hot sunny day at home, no.

The pressure to unfurl my 11 month a year winter body (including feet) is daunting. The pressure to squint through the sun, to smile, to join long queues for ice cream, or to barbeque, jeez I hate barbeques! Paddling pools? Ours is always pulled out covered in dust and with a hole or two. Inadequate feelings abound for not have the advert perfect lawn and the water slide picture-perfect between the barbeque and the lush borders.

So I am prepared. I have called upon my childhood. I have saved a few washing up liquid bottles and washed them out. I make good egg mayo. When the day comes, I will make egg mayo sandwiches and wrap them in foil. Tomatoes. Any packet of biscuits. And water fights with cleaned out washing up liquid bottles filled with water...warm water if we feel like being kind to ourselves! Being a grump I will watch from a cushion on the step. If I can stretch to it, maybe a little smile or even a little spray.

Our job in life is not to have it all and be TV perfection. It is to find some sort of balance and be content with the middle road. I'm going to be a middle road! See you there?

Love from

The room above the garage.
A Moodscope member.

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Hopeful One Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 7:46am

Hi RATG- good to see you back. The summer solstice is almost upon us but so far there is no sign of the Big S this year in my neck of the woods. In fact the heating is on many mornings! But you paint a lovely picture to look forward to. I give you a big E for effort.

Melanie Lowndes Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 8:44am

Hi RATG, I am so with you on this one. I love the cool sunny days and have been very appreciative of this Summer so far. Hot muggy ones - I feel lethargic and life is hard work - made worse if I make myself feel bad for not appreciating the lovely warm weather - I pretend it is OK and do my best not to complain but you have accurately described how I feel. Thank you for sharing this! Best wishes, Melanie

Anonymous Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 10:54am

Oh yes dear RATG - I'll join you on the middle road!
So good to see you back ... I've missed you.

Julia Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 11:52am

Ken Bruce reminded listeners this morning on Radio 2 that in few days time it will be the longest day of the year, the summer solstice and after that the nights will be drawing in!

Di Murphey Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 12:30pm

Dearest Room Above the Garage ~
It is remarkable to hear your description of sunny days. Laughter is so good for the soul and I thank you. My imagination runs amuk picturing your celebration of summer's heat.

Here at my little lake cottage in Florida, I swim, kayak and scull all year round. Christmas mornings we are at the lake's edge with beach blankets, breakfast, Christmas stockings, guitars, and swimsuits. It takes 1,008 single strokes roundtrip to kayak my lake and my grandchildren make it into a math project while the rest of us sing and play instruments. Ahhh! Even though some days the heat sucks the breath right out of me, it is good, this thing called life in the middle of the road. You are loved and appreciated.

Anonymous Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 1:07pm

Hello HO :-) this was written on The sunny day. It's gone now. We can save the thought for next year lol! How is everything in the hopeful world? Love ratg x.

Anonymous Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 1:12pm

Hello Melanie, lovely to see you. A little rain sometimes brings me relief. I don't understand quite why! But I like the sight, sound and smell of it. Love ratg x.

Anonymous Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 1:14pm

Wow, what a gorgeous thing to say. Thank you! Love ratg x.

Anonymous Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 1:18pm

Oh jeez no! So soon? Lack of daylight breaks me. How are you today Julia? Love ratg x.

Anonymous Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 1:23pm

I'm swooning at the beauty of that description!!! I think I'd be ok if the hot days were reliable here...I'm great on holiday when I really relax into heat. Di...what an idyllic sounding place. Big sigh! Love to you, ratg x.

Julia Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 1:34pm

I'm sort of OK thank you ratg. I've been on my scary (!) bike ride and have the day to myself. Yay! I am on my own, the sun is shining, it's hot and I will read the paper this pm. with no interruptions. Bliss. But this will all change tomorrow.

Anonymous Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 3:34pm

Dear Ratg, you have hit the nail on the head! My daughter and I both quite like sunny cooler days - especially when we have to work...mine is house and garden work and walking the's really awful to have to admit that we'd rather have it a bit cooler...but maybe that's because we are both winter-born babies??!! We both lurve, lurve, lurve holidays in the sun - but then we can swim, chill, relax and have no pressures apart from 'where are we eating tonight?!' So maybe that's why we live in Blighty where it's cooler than the average bear! Pleased to see you here again, Karen x

Anonymous Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 3:36pm

Maybe if Blighty was like your idyllic world, dear Di, we'd enjoy the heat more!
It sounds like a liddle piece of heaven you have there and don't you deserve it, Di?
Karen x

Anonymous Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 3:40pm

Well done Julia on the BBR - big bike ride! Hope you saw lots of lubberly things and met happy and pleasant people whilst out...and it's not too hot today but sun is still peeping around the clouds!

It may change tomorrow...but then, it may not! Keep your chins up girlie! Karen x

Julia Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 4:19pm

:-) Karen. Thank you!

Caroline Ashcroft Thu, Jun 18th 2015 @ 9:26pm

Di, you have such a way with words. It really does sound beautiful there. Never give away your address or I think we'd all be visiting you!!

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