Oh how I love November! I think it's the coziest of months, and it's a month full of good things as well as some sad memories, but a month that makes me grateful for the things and experiences that have been mine. For the past few years, I've participated in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), and have enjoyed the challenge of writing something every day. I thought about posting yesterday, even though I'd forgotten about NaBloPoMo, but I like to try and have a Friday post, since usually I don't post on weekends. And it was a new month, with all of the good and bad mentioned above. If I had posted first thing, I would have been fine, but I didn't and then I couldn't.
Not because of running out of time, or not having a topic, but because after a meeting at work in the morning, I had to use my break to try and gather myself together, and then at lunchtime, I was still trying to pep talk myself into being OK, and well, the whole rest of the day and evening was lost to that. It was just one of the hardest, worst days. And I got through it, but lost the ability and the will to write a post.
So I lost a day on a day when I would have normally been happy, for a number of reasons. And though of course I survived, I've decided that it happened and I'm not gonna beat myself up about it. What happened was unexpected, and it was terrible and will continue to be so, but I want to try my best to not let it ruin things for me other than at work. I am behind by one day on NaBloPoMo, but the rest of the month is still there for me and for everything that makes me happy about the month.
All of that was background to saying, Hello and Welcome to November! Today is already starting out as a cuddly and cozy day, and I have two days that are all mine to enjoy. I got my haircut yesterday, which always feels better (almost like losing some weight). I finished sock #1 of the pair I'm making for my great-nephew Zach for Christmas, and can start on sock #2. Before I got out of bed this a.m. to take Hamlet for his walk, I had a lovely lie-in while thinking of some ideas for other gifts for people, which was both cozy and pleasant.
Today is also All Souls Day (or Day of the Dead, as it were), when I can remember loved ones and send them more love. (Though there are not enough of us here at home for a good game of Dead People Charades ...) I am hoping to bake and/or cook something that takes some time and makes the house smell yummy. Since I have no specific obligations to uphold, my weekend time is all my own. And this weekend, that is even more welcome than usual.
To quote Joseph Pilates, "Everyone is the architect of their own happiness." This month more than ever - particularly after the way it started out - I'm going to try my best to make sure that my design is a good one that I can enjoy and embellish going forward.
Have a good Saturday!