Happy September! Usually, I feel like the time has flown by and I can’t believe we are at a change of seasons again, but this year I’m sure we can all relate to feeling like it’s been the Longest. Year. Ever. The uncertainty of everything makes time seem to go by soooo slooowly, and anxiety has definitely reared its stomach ulcer-inducing head around here more than once!
So how are you all doing out there in your neck (s) of the wood? Necks of the woods? Not enough brainpower to make sure that is grammatically correct, but HOW ARE YOU?? That’s the point, really, is that I just want to know how you all are holding up, and now with the kids going back to school (or not), or learning remotely, or going back to college things are getting crazier and more stressful for a lot of us. Definitely for the kids, who are doing their best to adapt to something we can’t even draw on our own experience to help them through. It’s been a cluster of a year, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight soon. (Cue the aforementioned anxiety …).
Fall has always been my favorite season, and the great thing about living in an area that actually gets cooler temps and falling leaves is that you get a tangible confirmation that time is, in fact, marching on. Even if it often feels like it’s just marching in place this year, or at times even dragging its feet on purpose to torture all of us. (Right? I mean, SERIOUSLY!).
There are two things I love that I look forward to every fall without fail that are helping me along right now – football season, and pumpkin muffins from Dunkin’ Donuts. Growing up in the birthplace of DD means it always is a place I have an inherited affinity for and I wait so impatiently for those muffins once the end of summer rolls around. This year it seems they showed up earlier than usual, but then again it also feels like everyone is doing everything they can to move time along faster into the next season so we can all feel a little closer to normal life resuming. So fall feels kind of like it’s exploding all around us this year!
The last few years up here in my more northern neck of the woods I also count the days until the leaves start turning. There is nothing more gorgeous than the golds and burnt oranges of fall gliding through the air on a cool fall day, or driving down a street through a canopy of color like something out of a painting. While I can’t do anything to make the leaves turn any faster (or make the D*$#%n heat index drop below the triple digits) it still brings me joy to know it’s coming, and sooner rather than later now.
I don’t know what will happen with football season, or even if I feel right watching it if they do proceed as usual with games. Mixed feelings seem to be my response to everything related to reopening/staying closed/ moving on/standing still. I try not to dwell too much on where Covid will take us or leave us on any day but today. I don’t have any control over the weather or when the leaves change or when Covid is background noise and distant memories blurred by an effective vaccine.
BUT– I can joyfully look forward to my weekly pumpkin muffins (frankly, I feel daily muffins would be much more appropriate for my spirit, but not so much for my waistline so I max it out at twice a week ). And I started up some knitting again now that the days’ heat doesn’t leave me drenched at just the thought of touching yarn, so I am keeping busy with a few early Christmas presents. I’m still reading and trying to learn some new photography skills. Netflix is still my friend and the pugs are still my daily buddies to keep me playing and snuggling. Some days I am super productive and feel like I’m doing pretty ok.
And on some days I’m just getting by doing nothing but the bare minimum. Dinner is made and maybe the only sign of productivity I have to show. And that’s okay too.
I feel like that pretty much describes all of us any day these days. Hopefully you are remembering to continue to show yourself some grace and that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Yes, it feels like a marathon run by a herd of turtles running through some cold molasses, but still knowing there is an end in sight at some point.
What’s been helping you keep your sanity lately? I know I’ve asked before, but I feel like we keep evolving and changing with the times, and what worked before maybe isn’t working now, or you could have found some amazing new app or strategy we would love for you to share! I hope you are all hanging in there and finding some joy or peace in the madness, and able to find some of the blessing in the curse.
That sounds super cheesy, but you get my drift. Bring on fall!!