Threatened thunderstorm tardy. Oppressive pressure persisting. Headache building. Sleep suspended; interrupted. Piercing pain. Downstairs to pop Paracetamol – normally eschewed. Outside all dark and eerily still. About 1.30 a.m. Suddenly, later, sleep at last. Eventually stirring to pounding precipitation on roof tiles and window panes. No idea when. Headache lessened. Awake again at 6.00 a.m. Thunder never came. Puddles outside. Pain gone.
I am learning late in life what it means to be under the weather when thunder storms are on the way. It fact this seems a nautical term – sailors when mildly ill were sent below decks – literally under the weather. I have come to realise that to me it means under the influence of threatened thunder.
Normal service will be resumed later.