Goodbye Summer, See You Next Year

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I can’t believe how quickly this summer has gone by.  I love the late spring and summer.  I love wearing warm weather clothes and being able to drive without worrying about a terrible, icy death.  I am not freezing and my skin is not like that of a decomposing corpse.  I exaggerate, but you get the idea.  I love warm weather!  

My dad is getting ready to cut corn in the fields.  I had no idea that it was that time already.  It has come by so quickly and it is a time that always has reminded me of fall.  When I was at his house, I noticed how tall the corn was and how ready it was to be harvested.  Time sure flies.

I never used to dislike cold weather.  I think in some ways most kids love the fall and winter because of the holidays and playing in the snow.  The thing that gets me most about the cold months is the presence of illness. It has gotten so much worse over the years.  Working with mothers, it is a nonstop battle ignoring any comments about a “stomach bug” that’s “going around.”  Those are my least favorite phrases to be honest with you.

There are things that I use to prevent illness, most of which are homeopathy based, and I will share those in a later post.  I have already started using Thieves oil on the bottoms of my feet to try to prevent illness.  Even if it doesn’t do anything, which I think it does do something, it makes me feel better.  I also rely a lot on hand sanitizer and hand washing as well as vitamins and supplements.  I make certain that I drink at least 80 oz of water throughout the work day to keep my membranes hydrated and ready to fight disease.  Lysol wipes make a sudden and strong appearance in my life too.  I use these already, but I use them like crazy around the office and my home.

I am going to try to tell myself that this fall and winter are going to be different.  I’m going to be healthy and happy and not constantly worrying about getting ill.  As of right now, I’m dreading it because of all the reasons above.  It’s time for me to find the things I used to be in love with about these months, like the beautiful leaves, the smell of fall, pumpkins and hot cider.  I love all the smells of these months, like the spices, especially ginger and cinnamon.  Cuddling with my cat and K on those cold, snowy days when we are trapped inside because the weather is too bad.  It’s time to stop worrying and to just appreciate the life that I have.  Although this is easier said than done, it’s what I am going to strive for in the upcoming months.

It’s good to know that I will have K and of course, my cuddly, adorable little kitten that loves me unconditionally.

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He is always following me around 😉

Thanks for reading!

Megan

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54 thoughts on “Goodbye Summer, See You Next Year

  1. I almost got through all of winter without getting sick, just in these last few days I got unwell, ugh.
    Autumn is my favourite season, we’re coming into Spring here. Apparently this has been one of the warmest winters in ages but if it was, it didn’t feel like it to me!

    1. That’s no fun at alL! Have you tried Zicam to stop your colds? I swear by that stuff. It was quite a mild winter 2 years ago. Unbelievably so. Last winter was a bit more normal for us. This has been a really mild summer as well, which I love.

      1. I haven’t heard of it but next time I am at the health shop I’ll ask about it. Thank you. I think it’s going to be a hot summer for us. I need to go shopping for nice summer clothes! 🙂

  2. Hi Megan. I’m in Australia getting a tad excited about the arrival of Spring. It means I can get cracking on the hike project practice runs! Survived winter with doses of Vitamin C, Zinc and Fish oil. And loads of tea drinking, with ginger. Enjoy the leaves (autumn/fall is actually my fave).
    cheers, Nat

    1. I love the ginger tea! It’s incredible for boosting the immune system. I particularly love the Korean marmalade-style ginger tea and honey citron teas. You should try them 🙂 Vitamin C is my go-to for sure. This might sound terribly ignorant, but does it get quit cold where you are in Australia?

      1. Big country, varied climate so good question. I’m in the southern temperate zone. Mt Macedon where I’m planning my first walk of the project tomorrow is about 25km from home. It gets occasional light snow falls over winter, a few degrees below zero. We’ll complain and talk about days like that for weeks…pretty lightweight in terms of cold compared to the northern hemisphere! But today the sun is out and we’re reaching for the 20s. Can’t wait to get out into the bush tomorrow. Thanks for the tea tips. Will check them out.

      2. I had no idea how varied Australia’s temperature is, but this is good to know 🙂 It gets very cold here and everything I ever see about AU makes it seems to hot. I really want to visit though! It’s such a beautiful country.

  3. Hi Megan, you seem to really be making an effort to find the joy in life. It really is true that if you make an effort to appear happy, it actually improves your mood, maybe it will work in this situation also. I applaud your efforts and hope your chilly climate months are kind to you in return.

  4. You know, Megan, I would rather it stay summer, too. I turn 40 on the first day of fall…
    LOL
    Ha! Guess I’m not “spring chicken” any more!!
    heheeh
    (rolling eyes)
    Here’s to a healthy winter!
    Vanessa

  5. Personally, Fall is my favourite time of the year. I love the cooler temperatures and pretty fall colours. Sweater weather makes me happy! (Parka weather not so much! LOL) 😉

  6. So I’m wondering, do these things keep you from getting ill? How many colds do you get, on average, per year? I’d say I only practice hand washing out of your list, and I get 2-3 colds per year.

  7. I work in a large office and do whatever I can do try to not get sick as well. I wipe down my desk and phone every day with lysol wipes in the flu season. I also have a hand sanitizer with aloe at my desk. You can still keep clean but it doesn’t dry out your skin so much. And drinking water is a huge help too. I’m not telling you this to defend things that you’re trying to “fix” but instead to let you know that it’s completely okay to do these things in moderation. Maybe it would help ease your mind if you know that once a day you’ll pull out the wipes (either at the beginning of your shift or at the end of the day). Just an idea. 🙂

    1. The moderation part is key 🙂 Lysol wipes are pretty great. Funny thing about that, most often people use terms regarding lysol wipes to find my blog in search engines. I can’t tell you how many of them had to do with using lysol wipes on your face! I mean, really? Who needs to google that!? 🙂 Also, the aloe sanitizer is the only way to go unless you want chapped skin 🙂

  8. Also- I find it so interesting that we both fear sickness but in a reversed sort of way. I rarely worry about colds and flus and being around people in the winter months. But when I do get them, I assume the worst (like mono or something). I guess it’s really only extreme sickness that worries me (totally not helpful in day to day life).

    1. I can relate to this 🙂 I always think that I have some kind of chronic illness, but I’m sure I’m very healthy. Funny how the mind works sometimes.

  9. Hi Megan,
    as someone who has dealt with SAD, your post is a reminder of the positive aspects of fresh pressed apple cider, pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger and the lovely pre-holiday shopping coupons!! Nice post. Thank you, as well, for liking and reading my post. It means a lot.

  10. Megan do you know why you’re so afraid to get sick? I know that getting sick is no picnic, but my experience is there’s usually something underlying a OC reaction to a specific area in life. Also it’s true that those who aren’t so focused on the negative aspects of a situation (or life in general) tend to have happier and healthier lives. So while not worrying as much about getting sick might still get you sick, you’re less likely to get sick when you are focusing on the positives in life. This is because (a) your body is in a healthier place down to your cells making them more able to fight disease, and (b) you’re carrying less stress psychologically and physiologically.

    1. I have no idea why I’m afraid of getting sick. I recall that in high school I wasn’t nearly as bad about this fear. It was there a bit, but it’s escalated in the past 6 years or so. I am working to focus on the positives in life, but it’s sometimes easier said than done 🙂

  11. Do not fear the colder weather, you have survived many a cold weather just fine. Look at the world around you, rather than the germs around you because each day is beautiful and can never be regained. Think about harvest time, that is a wonderful time of year, I can still smell the corn being harvested, some things are hard to forget.

  12. I do enjoy the summer because I can get out of the house daily and go for a walk in the park. I do hate the heat however. I tend to get sick if I am out in heat and high humidity. I also tend to be a very hot person. I re-blogged a post on OCD to my blog because I thought you would find it interesting. I hope you do not mind. I have great faith that you will do ok this fall/winter. You have already come a long way and it will only get better. 🙂

    1. I love to take walks too when it’s not too hot out. The heat really bothers me too and makes me have headaches and I get nauseated if out too long. Thank you for letting me know about the post you reblogged. I will definitely check it out!
      megan

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