Thinking Out Loud 10/14/18

Our sunny warm day here in West Texas has dropped from 75 degrees to 45 tonite, and the chilly wind reminds us that autumn will soon be drawing to a close.

I love Fall, but the thought of cold gray days to come makes me sad. I know my Midwest family and Northeast friends laugh when I call 40’s cold, we are admittedly spoiled here and more acclimated to heat. We typically get very few snow days, and it usually thaws within a day or so.

I don’t miss the sub-zero cold of my growing up years in South Dakota, and I certainly don’t miss driving on ice covered roads! I do have to admit that I miss the magic of that first big snowfall, and Christmas will never feel like Christmas to me when our landscape is brown and dry and we are outside in sweaters or lightweight jackets. I miss seeing my breath frosty in the air, and hearing the snow crunch underfoot.

Winter, and the approaching holiday season, is not my favorite time of the year for a lot of reasons, some of them personal, memories I’d rather not remember, and family too spread out to gather.

My father passed at the end of December, and my mother passed early in January… funerals on bitter cold days in Dakota, more sad memories. I usually manage to shake off the winter blues about mid-January.

This year I plan to do better, to keep my mind active and stay busy, and to do fun things for family and friends. In other words, to spend less time thinking about myself and more time thinking about others. An attitude adjustment might just be the best Christmas present I could give myself! 🙂

– JTS-

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6 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud 10/14/18

  1. My sister just lost her battle with cancer so the holidays for me personally won’t be much to celebrate. It’s usually my favorite time of year but I’d just as soon this year end and skip right into April 2019. Jan. – Mar. always seems to drag on the longest and it’s always frigid. – Try and stay warm over there. Maybe, hopefully, it will be a mild winter for you. 🙂

    • I am sorry for your loss. Papa Bear lost his previous wife to cancer, it is very hard. I understand how you feel about Christmas this year. Do something special to honor her. Be gentle with yourself and keep Christmas simple. I will pray for you, we will both be happy when Spring finally arrives. 💗

  2. Our Northern friends may laugh at us for considering the 40s cold, but i choose to continue living in the South for a reason — cold is very painful to me.

    It sounds like you have a great plan in place to work at beating back the winter doldrums this year. Congratulations on taking the bull by the horns and seeking new ways to deal with the situation!

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