Posted in Memories

My Favorite Things About #Autumn #Fall

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As My Thoughts Come To Me

It’s my favorite time of year. Cool mornings and gentle warm afternoons. It’s that harvest time to gather and celebrate our crops. Pumpkins are clearly a favorite feast of mine. I grew up enjoying the leaves falling and raking them up. Then jumping into a pile of them. I enjoy the smell of burning leaves. Campfires and roasting marshmallows. Making s’mores. Wearing hooded sweatshirts and even watching football games. We get ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving as well. The dry leaves crunching under my feet.

It is such a joy to watch the leaves change their colors. Tasting all things pumpkin flavored. Driving out to Michigan every year to visit my dad and go apple picking while taking a Fall color tour along the lake front up near Traverse City. Planting mums and pansies and admiring their beauty. Tasting apple cider donuts with a delicious hot cup of coffee, which tastes better in the Autumn for some reason.

Snuggling under warm blankets. Wearing my skull caps. Baking more treats. More crockpot and casserole meals. My favorite TV shows air again in the Fall. So many things to list.

October is my favorite month for many reasons. I look forward to it every year. I was married in October. We are celebrating our sixth anniversary soon. But I really love Autumn so much. The smell of cherry wood burning in a fireplace. My father’s birthday is in October as well as my best friend David and my sister-in-law April.

My favorite holiday of the year is full of ghosts and goblins. Things that go bump in the night. There are decorations everywhere. Neighbor’s turn their front yards into creepy cemeteries. New scary movies to watch. I love monster movies or anything terrifying can make a great popcorn flick!

Dressing up for Halloween is exciting. Pretending to be someone or something else is truly fun and can only be experienced when the moon is full and the fall time arrives. What will I dress up as this year? You’ll have to wait and see. Candy corn is yummy! Waiting in line to go through haunted houses and corn mazes. Telling ghost stories by candle light. Apple butter, fresh bread and homemade chili.

Enjoy all of the music, parties and all of that good stuff happening this time of year!

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Posted in happy, Memories

The Most Beautiful Things I Have Ever Seen #love #nature #music

The ocean for the first time

Pink Floyd at Soldier Field in the summer of 1994 (Pigs, Mirror Ball and the Rain)

The day I met my future wife at a train station on a cloudy rainy day

The Badlands of South Dakota

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Children laughing at playgrounds

Gazing up at the stars

My little poodle named Shadow (1989-2004)

The lower dells near Starved Rock State Park

Sights along my first Route 66 trip

The balcony in Cancun of our hotel room (honeymoon)

Looking at the Caribbean Sea and hearing the waves rollin and out

First time I saw the movie The Matrix on the big screen

Once there was a guest priest at my childhood church who sang songs from the Lion King and gave a really powerful sermon

One summer, at work in the gardens, I saw several Hummingbird moths

When I was home recovering from surgery, My Aunt Rhonda had these chocolate dipped pineapples delivered to me

Pumpkin custard

Seeing Katy Perry live at the United Center in 2014

Witnessing the White Sox win the World Series in 2005

Finally getting to see a brand new episode of Star Wars on the big screen (that actually brought tears of joy to my eyes) 2015

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Posted in happy

Things that make me excited #happy #beautiful #awesome

A List

Attending rock concerts

Hunting for vinyl music at record stores

 

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Watching movies at the theater

Brewing french press coffee

Taking scenic road trips

Playing video games

Going for a bike ride

Engaging in lively conversations

Making cupcakes, nut clusters and casseroles

Reading at the podium in church

Snuggling on the couch with my wife

Scavenger hunt adventures

Hiking and camping

 

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Listening to podcasts while discovering new music

Watching fireworks displays

Haunted Houses

Dressing up for Halloween

 

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Riding roller coasters

Buying a new T Shirt

Reading a good book or magazine article

Listening to or playing music by the campfire

Going to my mom’s for Christmas

Swimming Laps in the pool

Hot dogs and beer at a baseball game

Scary movies in the dark

A day of bowling, pool and arcade games

Binge watching a TV series

Digging up change for an ice cream cone

Cooking with home grown vegetables

Hanging out with my nieces

 

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Posted in Therapy

The Ways I Can Love Myself More

A LIST

 

Daily meditation practice

Taking care of my feet

Spending time making good coffee

Enduring challenging exercises and seeing results in the mirror

Forgiving others and myself

Letting go of friendships that no longer serve me

Taking vitamins and eating healthy

Color in my adult coloring book

Play the guitar more (take lessons)

Save money and travel somewhere new

Laugh at my mistakes

Smile more daily

Observe nature more (the sky, the stars, birds singing and the majestic trees)

Spend time alone without any computers, phones and even music

Go for a walk

Talk to myself in the mirror (daily affirmations)

Compliment myself

Read some poetry

Write a love letter to myself and mail it

Go to bed early

 

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-we ALL need to be kind to ourselves