The only way to combat this constant dreariness is to go to my basement to water my blossoming petunias and calibrachoa. All those little blossoms give me hope for spring to really arrive. After I water my plants I usually play a song or two on my keyboard while I'm waiting for the fire in the wood furnace to take off.
My plants love music. They need a song or two first thing in the morning to make them happy and I'm more than glad to oblige.