It is another gorgeous fall day around here. We had our first snowfall on Thursday, and there is still covered ground in the shadier parts of the yard. Waking up that morning to the yard blanketed with snow reminded me of how much I love this season. Every day, there is a new beauty to find, and every breath of air that stings your nose and cools your lungs reminds you of the wonder of being alive. It is a feeling I never get in summer.
Has anyone else noticed that people seem to be confused about last week’s time change? I know I should not let it bother me, but I keep seeing people lament Daylight Savings Time. Uh. No. Daylight Savings Time is the arbitrary time change the government put in place to maximize the amount of daylight farmers had to work back when there were no tractors let alone tractors with headlights. It is what happens when we move the clocks ahead an hour each Spring. Last weekend, we went back to Standard Time. It is the correct time with no government interference. I personally love Standard Time and detest Daylight Savings Time. However, I know I am in the minority, so if you are going to complain about the time change, at least use the correct terminology when lamenting the dark evenings.
I don’t know about you, but the election on Tuesday filled me with hope. Granted, I was petrified of the results all day on Tuesday, barely holding back a full-blown anxiety attack throughout the day. However, as I started seeing the results, I felt like I could take a deep breath for the first time in two years. I feel like we were given a short respite from planning, preparing, and most importantly, rest. I know that feeling will not last long. Cheeto Hitler is going to be worse than ever with a split Congress, doubling down on threats and finding new ways to abuse the office’s power. It is a movement in the right direction though, and now we have two more years to gather our forces and unite against the increasing fascism in the White House.
October was a good reading month for me – a pleasant surprise with the state of restlessness I was in for most of the month. With 15 books and 5,585 pages under my belt, I made more headway than I thought into my backlog. Trust me when I say this is not the case so far in November.
Holly and I had a good day yesterday shopping and having lunch together, but she has dance today so no fun things for us. The plan for the rest of the day is to rest and relax. Next weekend will be busy with Thanksgiving prep. We are hosting Jim’s sister and her family, so the house needs a good cleaning, and I want to prep as much of the food in advance as I can. Work is going to be crazy for the remainder of the year as I have not yet started the budget process, and there are significant changes which, rumor has, are going into effect by the end of the month. Jim is on a business trip this week, so I am on single parent dance duty for the week. Plus, Connor should be coming home next weekend, so I have to prepare his room for him. With all of that to do in the next week, I am taking one day to do nothing. Other than laundry that is. That is a chore that only gets worse when ignored, so I try not to ignore it.
Make sure you thank a veteran today. As a former Army wife, I can testify that the sacrifice the soldiers make, and the sacrifices their families must make, are easier when recognized and appreciated.
Have a great Sunday, and I will see you back here next week!
Here are past posts from the last few weeks in case you missed them the first time:
- Sunday Reflections – 28 October 2018
- It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 29 October 2018
- The end of this series exceeded my expectations
- Stories like this are better than therapy
- Emily Suvada, just take all my money
- Fabulous Friday – 2 November 2018
- It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 5 November 2018
- The wrong book at the wrong time
- Elly Blake just made my must-read list