Goldilocks Day

By , May 21, 2016

No doubt you’ve heard the term “Goldilocks Zone” to describe planets that have Earth-like conditions “just right” for hosting life? Yesterday, it struck me we had a Goldilocks Day.

As a Southeast Alaskan, living in the temperate rain forest, I appreciate sunny days, but I also fear them a little. They carry so much responsibility. Their rarity requires that we take full advantage of them; after a long string of such days, that requirement grows exhausting!

Not too sunny, not too wet, but just right! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Not too sunny, not too wet, but just right! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Lately, we’ve had either very sunny or very wet weather, with very little in between. Yesterday, we had high overcast and cooler temperatures. It was a breath of fresh air, and perhaps surreptitiously, a sigh of relief.

The day seemed to require nothing of me. It was too warm for a fire, not quite sunny enough to use the sun oven, or drive me to bring extra loads of firewood out of the woods for drying. I felt no urgency to cover wood, plant starts, or tools against rain. Everything was just right.

I felt like I could even slack off a bit. I try to accomplish something every day to justify my existence, but you know, some days one simply wants to dink around. So, for the most part, I did. And it was just right!

2 Responses to “Goldilocks Day”

  1. Jon Marshall says:


    I love days like those. I try to do that on Sundays. Its my day of doing whatever I feel like without worrying about getting things done.

    Its raining here right now and its hard enough that yard work can wait until next week.

    Have a great weekend and I hope you are blessed with more days like to just dink around.


  2. Mark Zeiger says:

    Thanks, Jon! Funny, how yard work can almost always wait, huh?

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