November 1, 2012

Digging in My Heels




November 1st.   I'm not ready.  Yesterday, Halloween, I saw a crew of men decorating the entrance of a nearby neighborhood for Christmas.  Wreaths, lights, the whole shebang.  Really?  Really.

Don't misunderstand.  I love Christmas as much as the next girl.  But I also love Thanksgiving and I'd like to choke down my pumpkin pie before decking my halls. 

During this month of Thanksgiving I'm going to be intentional about appreciating and loving the simple, beautiful abundance of my garden. 

I'll be taking the time to enjoy these waning days of autumn.  The slant of late afternoon light causes the flowers to glow and there is the soft hum of the furiously beating wings of pollinators working feverishly to collect nourishment.



So I'm digging in my heels and holding firm to the season of Thanksgiving.  I'll be loving it for what it is: a simple reminder to stop, look around this life and remember that there is so much to be thankful for.


24 comments:

  1. I was admiring the Michaelmas daisies but found my eyes straying to your light blue toenails and debating on which shade was better :P

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  2. I will be thankful for light and hoping for no real snow so I can at least work a bit in my very waning garden...I do not like to see Christmas rushed and forced before Thanksgiving.

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  3. Those are some pretty cute toes in that shot. Great polish color, especially in tandem with the daisies (astors? whichever - still cute).

    I was extremely frustrated to see Christmas items out in various stores before the Halloween candy had been sold out. It feels as if we are being hustled from one pre-holiday rushfest to the next, with little consideration as to how that might affect our enjoyment. I suppose it will be up to us as individuals then, to resist the urge to hurry, hurry, HURRY to whatever is NEXT without savoring the now. I'll be right there with you, digging in my own heels, insisting on one holiday at a time, thank you!

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  4. Amen! I don't want to be rushing through every experience to get to the next one. Slow down, enjoy, and savor each season in ints own time. I even want to enjoy my garden in fall, and then all winter too, without wanting to rush it forward to next spring.

    (Your aster-blue colored piggies are delightful!)

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  5. love the asters and toes shot. :) you go, girl.

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  6. oh I agree--let me enjoy Thanksgiving before plunging into Christmas. It's a good time to purposefully think about the good things in your life before the Christmas ads start. Are you doing a meme like you did last year for Thanksgiving?

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    1. I'm not sure Bumble Lush...I considered it because it was such a great way to really immerse in the season of gratitude. I've started working part-time and I don't know that I can post daily like last November. Maybe a weekly recap? I want to. Thanks for remembering. That means a lot to me ♥

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  7. Oh, yes, we're speeding toward Christmas at a breakneck pace. And right after the 25th, out with Christmas, in with Valentine's Day. I love your idea, let's just dig in and enjoy the days as they come. Appreciate now.

    Have a great weekend!

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  8. Totally agree! Especially when it's warm enough in your garden to go barefoot! Jealous! Things are looking and feeling a little more wintry here in Wisconsin, but I still want to savor Thanksgiving before launching into thoughts of Christmas and New Year's! Cute post!

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  9. It's funny, isn't it...it's like the more the stores (or other entities) push to tell us "Christmas is just around the corner," the more individuals intentionally push back and say, "no, it's November. It's time to be thankful."

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  10. I completely understand, Cat. I love Christmas, but I don't like to rush into it without enjoying everything else as well. I stand beside you, heels dug in, taking in the breath of November. :)

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  11. I also am of the No-Christmas-Until-After-Thanksgiving school of thought. I saw a couple places here putting out their Christmas stuff on Labor Day--please, stop!

    Nice nail polish!

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  12. We are still on Halloween (the 2 kids in our building were no-shows...). Hard to believe how quickly this year has passed by. I am a believer that Thanksgiving can happen anyday or everyday - that way the "day" will not disappoint.

    Maybe those lighting guys are doing a booming business and must start this early. Let's just hope the homeowners do not plug them in until the 23rd. (I am a fan of the polish, also.)

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  13. I noticed the big boxes put out product before Halloween. Wrong!

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  14. I think all the early Christmas decorations makes us miss the spirit of Christmas, too. Thanks for the reminder to slow down, take a breath, and appreciate the moment.

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  15. good for you. Christmas craft fairs started here this weekend. I considered going but just couldn't bear the thought, I'm not ready yet.

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  16. I waited until Halloween day to buy candy (so we wouldn't eat it all) and the stores had already taken down all the Halloween candy and stocked the shelves with Christmas candy! Crazy! I try to avoid the stores now because it minimizes Thanksgiving, a holiday which I love and over commercializes Christmas. I am trying to keep the holidays simple this year and celebrate the meaning and spirit of the holidays instead. I love the shot of your toes and the asters...very creative!

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  17. I keep hearing that Thanksgiving is the 'forgotten holiday'. All the Christmas marketing and decorations that are up already are starting to validate the moniker - which is really sad. I like your verve, Cat! Viva la Pumpkin Pie!! (Of course your photos are charming as ever!)

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  18. Yay. Good for you -- it is absurd how ahead of ourselves we sometimes get (or the retailers get for us) in our quest for the next, best thing. Afterall, the best thing really is just now...

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  19. I've gotten good about keeping out of stores from mid-October until after Thanksgiving. The rushing of the seasons is just too depressing.

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  20. I giggled at your picture... looks like you're digging in your toes. I am so with you. Thanksgiving is a wonderful season... the world needs to slow down a bit and embrace it.

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  21. Actually Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. All about good food, family, and thankfulness with none of the commercial pressure.

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    1. Mine too Carolyn for many of the same reasons. It's the best time to focus just on family and friends without any added pressure to perform.

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  22. There is always something to be thankful for. :o) I like the ideas behind Christmas but am always glad when it's over and think the holiday would be more fun if presents weren't involved. It's just too stressful and that takes the joy out of it. Today I am thankful for good friends and democracy.

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Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."
~A.A. Milne

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