Last Days

As our holiday comes to a close, I can’t help but feel we are also nearing the end of autumn. The crunch under our feet this morning was due to frost, not fallen leaves. Daylight Savings Time is over. The sports fields are now open to off-leash dogs. Though we have yet to see snow, we can taste it in the air. November has always been my least favourite time of year. With nothing to anticipate but dark cold, my spirits dwindle. Even the prospect of November’s one statutory holiday is cheerless.

Shiva helps me retain hope. She forces me outdoors when I’d rather hibernate. Her antics give me a reason to laugh on even the most depressing days. If not for her, I would never know the beauty of a winter sunrise. Without Shiva, I wouldn’t know how to embrace every day as if the sun was shining – even when it is pouring rain. Together, we will take the good with the bad and find our own way to have fun. I vow. November can bluster and pour as much as it likes. This year, it’s not going to bring us down.

17 thoughts on “Last Days

  1. So Shiva’s other name is “Eternal Summer?” I think it fits.

    Loved your guest bloggers. Glad to have you back and hope you had a relaxing time off.

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  2. Yaaaaay! You’re back! I hope you had a great time. I try to follow Kolchak’s lead and embrace each day, no matter the weather too. Though I am always tempted to follow Felix’s lead and stay indoors until Spring.

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  3. Glad you had a nice break.
    Going into our winter here and so looking forward to Spring and then summer:) So long as we don’t get a severe winter like last year, we’ll be ok.

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  4. I know what you mean about November Kristine. We’ve been really lucky so far this year weather-wise, up until this weekend it’s been really nice. But, the wind has come and with it the bone chilling cold. Wishing for spring already.

    Glad to have you coming back. I hope you had a restful vacation and that you are all feeling refreshed. The guest posts have been awesome.

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  5. Several heavy frosts here already… but the most shocking was the several inches of snow (would have been more if the rain before it had not sodden the ground) we got Oct 29th… before we had even gotten a frost. Imagine that.

    Hope you discover something wonderful about November this year.
    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

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  6. It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder for a reason, you know. I’m glad you’ve decided to fight it!

    My kids were very sad when it went completely dark by 5:00 today. I hate winter, I’m commuting to school in the cold (a five-hour there-and-back commute including public transit and Via Rail for a three-hour class). I plan to be grumpy, and I don’t think even Our Best Friend can stop me!

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  7. I get like that in February… not as bad in November for me as I manage to focus on the holidays to find something fun to do. However, I miss Daylight Savings Time already… I hate when it gets dark so early.

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  8. Our October and so far November have been mostly so grey and wet that we may as well be in the northern hemisphere:( The weekend was so cold many people had their fires and heaters going. I grabbed a blanket. I refuse to turn on the heater in November! I was really looking forward to Spring but it seems to have disappeared. Oh well, looking forward to Summer now:)

    Glad to have you back. Hope you had a wonderful break. Your stand in bloggers did you proud:)

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  9. I’m not a fan of November, either. However, last year we got to get in some really fun stuff and this year, it’s rather busy for us, but I’m still hoping to be able to get out and appreciate it a little. We usually don’t have snow here until the very end of the month, but the dreary, grey days are almost worse for me than if we did have snow.

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  10. Beautifully said and I completely agree with you on this. Because of my Georgia, I get out everyday now (twice a day) even in the darkest and coldest days of the year. And I love “trying” to see the world thru her eyes. Whether rain or shine, cold or warm, light or dark, my Georgia loves the air we breath, every blade of grass, and every snow flake. I just need to open my eyes and heart wide so I can see it too! Thank goodness for a life with a dog 🙂

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  11. Dogs do “heal” us and let us appreciate things we wouldn’t give a thought when they would have not been around to show us. Their gift to us.

    Btw. what a fantastic picture, there is nothing like the colors of autumn.

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