Goodbye October, Hello November!
So although we do have another week in October, I find I am already anticipating November. Ha ha. What’s with that?! I feel like I lost a week. In trying to figure out my brain blip I did some reflection of autumn. I have to say, we have had a beautiful early autumn here this year. I have always loved autumn for the colours and they have been spectacular this year. What a gift these bright yellows, oranges and reds have been. And here in Northern Ontario we have had some lovely warm weather too. I’m so grateful for every sunny warm day at this time of year: very energizing. But… this past weekend, with the prediction of snow (ugh! < heavy sigh here >), we reluctantly went ahead and cut down our gardens and readied the yard for what’s coming. The garden had still looked resplendent in her autumn colours so it’s not surprising that I felt sad to cut back. But in reality, I don’t recall ever feeling so heavy hearted about cutting back the garden and putting things away. Can you tell I do not feel ready for winter?
To reframe and let go of my little black cloud I began trying to think of some things to get excited about as we move into November. Here are a few I thought of:
Of course Hallowe’en is always great fun for those of us who like costumes. A good Hallowe’en party can be a great release as a lead-in to November… good memories to smile about later.
Living on a lake, one of the best parts of November is how beautifully the sky and water interplay. I have seen some of the most beautiful cloud formations over the water on chilly November mornings as the lake contemplates freezing.
Lighting a fire in the grate and getting cozy in the evenings. Not to mention that cozy blanket that only lives on the couch in the late fall/winter.
Lighting candles and enjoying the sparkly, warm glow that brightens up the darker evenings. Somehow I am less inclined to light a candle in the warmer, lighter months.
Exercising outdoors without overheating is always a bonus, ha-ha.
Revisiting favourite winter vegetables and finding new ways to prepare them. My new favourite is Sweet Potato Squash – yummy!
There are probably lots more things to look forward to that I haven’t listed here. If you have any ideas to add, please share them and help me (and maybe others) get excited about the change of season.
Let’s try to enjoy every day… find our own little sunshine moments!
Have a great one!
Lisa Goddard is a Certified Pilates Instructor with special training in Pre and Post-Natal Pilates. She co-owns Balanced Motion Pilates and Yoga Studio in New Liskeard, ON