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November :(


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ugh it is November. I have never liked November. I am not a big Thanksgiving person. Don't get me wrong I love spending time with my family and I am thankful for many things in my life but Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday. Then there is the weather. Here in western NY the weather is not usually that great, It is stuck in that in between. It is not the nice fall weather I like about 60 or 50 and sunny with the red and gold of the leaves changing emoticon . Neither is it the full blown winter weather emoticon (not that I like that any better). The weather is starting to stay cold and it is snowy and rainy emoticon at the same time. Don't get me started on the time change. Why does it have to get dark at 6? Ugh! As if I needed another reason to dislike November last year my father died in November. Now every day is one day closer to it being a year since my father has been gone. I just really don't like this month.

Okay so what I want to do is turn this month around. I know that I am late by 10 days but better late then never. All this month I want to do something good for me as well as take stock of the things that I am thankful for. Okay O know I am not very original but it has worked before for people so why not work for me. So I will use this blog to catch up.
#1- I am thankful for a job that I love
#2-I am thankful for friends that love me and will be there for me no matter what.
#3- I am thankful for my mom. As I said I lost my Dad so I am really happy to still have my mom.
#4- I am thankful that my son got into a great college even if it was hard to let him go.
#5 I am thankful that I was married and divorced. Through experiencing this up and down I grew so much as a person and it made me the person that I am today.
#6 I am thankful for my nephew that turned 2 on this day. He is a light in my life that I never thought I would get. He reminds me of my kids childhood and I pay attention to his b/c I know it will be over all to soon.
#7 I am thankful for my car this may sound pretty silly but I know so many people that do not have one and since I do it makes my life so much easier.
#8 I am thankful for my education. I know so many people that are uneducated in so many areas that I am glad that I had the opportunity to expand my mind.
#9 I am glad that I am in a good place financially. This one comes b/c I went Christmas shopping today. Did I overspend yes but I know that I will still be able to eat and pay bills.
#10- I am thankful that I can sit back and watch football and not worry about where I will be living or how I am going to stay warm.

Okay so that made me smile and remember that It is not so bad. I still don't like November though!!
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JEANNINEMM68 11/11/2013 10:13PM

    Thank you all for your comments. I helps to know that I am not alone. I am thinking of all of you as you go through your own battles.

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MINININJASUZUME 11/11/2013 12:41AM

    It is so wonderful that you have found a way to turn a month that you don't like into something more positive. It's never a good thing to focus on the negative despite the situation.

I know how you feel though. Autumn is always bitter sweet for me. I LOVE the Fall weather and all of the beautiful colors of the leaves changing. I live in the South and am so thankful that we tend to have tons of trees around so that I can actually enjoy the changing of the leaves. However, Fall is hard on me for 2 reasons. First, it seems like a homey season, yet I've never had my own home to be cozy and comfy in. I am thankful that I have a home; I currently live with my father while my fiance and I attempt to get our finances back in order. But I have not had a home of my own that I can be proud of. So when I see everyone decorating for the Fall, enjoying fires in their wood-burning fire places etc. They just look so happy and cozy and I find that I sort of envy them. I wish I could have that, and I wish that I had leaves to rake in a yard of my own.

Also, my father's birthday is September 21st. I won't go into detail, but it was also on that day last year that my fiance was taken to jail and later sentenced to a very long time in federal prison. He made 1 mistake which didn't involve any person or anyone's property, and never had a criminal record or even any arrests or complaints before this. But they chose to sentence him to 10 years when they legally could have done much less or even probation. So in the midst of celebrating my father's birthday, I have to think about losing my fiance on the same day. That is no easy thing to do.

But like you, I'm trying to turn around my bitter sweet feelings about the fall. Rather than focusing on the negative things or things I don't yet have, I am just enjoying the weather, the beautiful leaves and the fact that I am still blessed despite all that we're going through. Things can always be so much worse, so I'm very thankful that they aren't.

Kudos to you for turning it around, and I hope you find many more things to be thankful for so that maybe you'll start to like November despite the not-so-great things.

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KARAK523 11/10/2013 9:27PM

  I'm sad first year my brothers not coming home. :(...

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STEVEN_D 11/10/2013 9:17PM

    I lost Dad a month ago, and November 1 was his birthday. My thoughts are with you. I don't see #5 on most people's list. It is such an opportunity for personal growth if we let it, and not fall to the anger and bitterness. I am trying so hard!

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