One night a thunderstorm came by us but not close enough that we got any actual rain. I had been working late in the studio trying to get caught up from taking time out for the restoration job. I was pretty much finished with what I wanted to do, so I turned out most of the lights and just sat in the open doorway watching the lightning from the storm off in the distance. I had a little James Taylor and k.d. lang playing in the background and with the storm just close enough to still bring us the cool, stiff breezes, it was quite a sublime experience.
A lot of people don't like thunderstorms but I have always enjoyed them. Other than their low pressure systems often bringing me some remarkable headaches, I find them quite enjoyable. Some theories for this attribute the "high" many people feel around or after storms to the high levels of negative ions released by the lightning. Same reason almost everyone enjoys going to the beach or vacationing in the mountains, especially around waterfalls and swift moving streams. It's not just that these scenes are pretty, they release huge amounts of negative ions that work on our brains to produce a positive effect. It's also why a nice, hot shower always makes you feel better.
I don't particularly like high rise buildings, but I have speculated that being at the beach, a few floors up in a room with a balcony during a thunderstorm would be about as close to Nirvana as I could get. lol! It's something I'll have to work on!
I have especially enjoyed the storms this year around here though. I guess because I have often felt so crappy and uninspired, the occasional storms and their mood-altering ions have been a most welcome lift and respite from my normal fog. And yes, I have checked out the electronic ion generators that you can buy. In fact, Jack purchased one type for me to try and I'll report back to ya'll after I've used it for a while. After a bit of research I also discovered that the compact florescent light bulbs that were being pushed so hard produce positive ions, which have just the opposite effect, often giving folks headaches and contributing to depression. I know it may horrify some granolas but I have always been wary of the CFLs because of the mercury they contain. Not so much during the use of the bulb but what happens to it if they are not disposed of correctly, and you know many of them are not. I think that may also be why people people are opting for LED lights now. At any rate, I switched out all my CFs and after a couple of weeks there may have been some reduction in the number of headaches I have. I really want to build a cool water feature that contains a waterfall on the patio area behind the house also. Nothing huge but still more than a couple of gallons. Just have to keep the chickens from pooping all around it! Maybe the back yard will eventually include a fence. Ha!
So, we'll see. Not a tremendous amount of stuff going on around here but I'll try to be back with some photos and such before long. Or maybe just some more rambling. I hope everyone out there is doing well and enjoying whatever kind of weather you need at the moment.