I wonder if all of this will be on the next episode of (cue music...)...AS THE WOODCHUCK TURNS!
Ya mean with Attey......yea that's funny alright.
Geez, Yetta, if your sense of humor is missing in action to that degree, then no wonder Christmas sucks for you. I still think that your blues are partly due to SAD. Some are diagnosed with it, and some are nearly incapacitated by it. Docs say that only some are affected by it, but I think we all get it, to some degree, in the North.
If you can't go south for a while, then at least get one of those natural spectrum lights; they are known to help:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasonal_affective_disorder
Negative ion generators also might help, and are cheaper than the purpose-built SAD light systems, but the electronic ones invariably crap out, and produce ozone, also. I think the lamps below are a better alternative, and I'm getting one for myself, and one as a gift. They're on sale now:http://www.saltlampcreations.com/
This is interesting, too.http://www.apollohealth.com/full-spectrum_controversy.html
When I switched to compact flourescents about 10 years ago, I paid the $ for the high Kelvin temperature bulbs (full spectrum) that mimic sunlight. They're nice, and I've saved money, but the latest studies show that it's the AMOUNT of light, and not the spectrum, that's really important. It just depends on what color you prefer; low Kelvin tends toward yellow, and high toward white. It's cheaper to leave all the lights on with flourescents. Real Deals usually has them, and they put out more lumens per watt. Compacts have electronic ballasts, so you don't get the 60-cycle flicker that you get with many flourescents.
Yeah, yeah, I'm aware that other things can bum one out besides winter-time lack of light, but dealing with that can't hurt, either.