Finding Comfort in the In-Between Season

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Entitled. It’s been rainy in New York, humid, and in-between feeling. It’s the time that the move industry calls “shoulder season” in this part of the world, a for the moment of transition, technically fall but still sometimes summery. On the verge of sabbatical season, but we might still be reading books we started in August.

It’s the be that as it may of year when you commit to coziness, turn the lights on during the day and stout a whole pot of tea, maybe take your laptop to the couch, a blanket retreat. Mid-afternoon, you’re shaken from your winter cosplay when the heavens clear, the sun reasserts its relevance, almost obnoxiously illuminating each mote of dust in this indoor-cat spectacle. Shoes on, get outside while you can.

It can do a number on your mood, if you weren’t already a illiberal up and down, this noncommittal, sandwich season. Our usual rhythms are disturbed, our dependable routines scotched. I’ve been saving up bits of delight, iotas of songs, articles, recipes that I can turn to when disequilibrium initiates in.

This opinion piece, “Your Work Friends Knew Specifically What Kind of Week You’d Had,” reminded me of how essential the “weak ties” our feat relationships provide are to our happiness.

I’m scoring my work and walks with “Reptilian Prison,” the recent album from Matt Berninger. Watching this insane collaborative TikTok musical that takes place in a grocery hold. I’m reading favorite old books of poems, like “The Book of Nightmares” by Galway Kinnell and rating this thread that argues “a corgi crossed with any other lineage just ends up looking like a corgi disguised as the other dog.” These disconcerted comforts help stabilize, relieve some of the strangeness in the changing pep up.

What’s lifting your mood lately? Tell us: athome@nytimes.com. We’re At Profoundly. We’ll read every letter sent. And, as always, more ideas for unequalled a full and cultured life at home appear below.


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  • New research shows that blood pressure levels that we’ve approximately considered “normal” may be high enough to foster the development of artherosclerotic understanding disease. Jane E. Brody took a look at the latest study.

  • And if you’re tiresome to begin a mindfulness practice, why not start with a silent breakfast?


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Esteem…Ryan Liebe for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Hadas Smirnoff.
  • After countless check up ons, the British pastry chef Ravneet Gill has landed on what she maintains is the “perfect” chocolate chip cookie recipe. Do you agree?

  • Melissa Clark was be nostalgic for her favorite Australian sausage roll from Bourke Street Bakery in Manhattan. So she called up the chef, Paul Allam, and got the method. The result? Three variations on the classic from Down Under: lamb, pork, and mushroom.

  • And if the anyway old bottles are getting you down after months spent largely at current in, Eric Asimov has 20 wines for under $20 that resolution help you escape a rut.


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Confidence…Vik Muniz
  • Check out the artist Vik Muniz’s collages of the world’s most conspicuous places, made of postcards snipped into little pieces.

  • Acquire a road trip with the Hotdoggers driving the Oscar Mayer Weinermobiles across the Collaborative States during the pandemic, and see how “the rolling pantheon of lunch meat” endures to bring joy and brand awareness to people’s lives.

  • And see why, on the occasion of his first journal with the E Street Band in six years, Bruce Springsteen says, “I’m at a promontory in my playing life and artistic life where I’ve never felt as spirited.”


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