Summer Has Left The Building

Good morning on this beautiful fall Thursday. It's also Veteran's Day, so if you see a Veteran today, tell them thank you for their sacrifice and service. The weekend is just around the corner. I love being a free bird on the weekends, even though sometimes I do have to do a little work, that's only on my really busy weeks, it helps make my upcoming week run smoother. My sister Jill is a nurse and I love her schedule, she works four days straight and then has three days off, every week. I would love that. Her work days are sometimes on the weekends, but does it really matter? A free day is a free day, no matter when it is, as far as I'm concerned. I don't hate my job either by the way, in fact I love it, it's my favorite job I've ever had. KNOCK ON WOOD. Today is a new day my friends, a new sky and a different part of the sun will shine on us. 

For those of us on the East Coast, in addition to full fall on us, daylight savings went into full effect this past Sunday. We gained an hour. All it meant for me is that I woke up ridiculously early, I believe my phone said it was 4:30 a.m. and there I was, wide awake. I went ahead and got up and got the day started, I love being on time to witness the rise of the sun, so that was all worth it. When the clocks change and the seasons change, it's the only time we can actually feel time. It's seems especially so those first few days of fall. You can feel the colder winds, see the leaves change color and watch them fall off the trees and that odd sensation our souls experience dancing around in a time bubble.

I've had several conversations with people in the last week and they all have brought up the topic of time, as they're feeling it too. It's interesting how when we're teenagers and in our early twenties, time seems infinite. I'm sure that has something to do with the development of the frontal cortex in the brain, as most experts believe it doesn't fully develop until the age of twenty-five. At this time of life for myself and people much beyond twenty-five, time does not seem to last forever and instead seems short. I'm sure there are some of the rare twenty-five and under group who feel this too, the old souls if you will. If time feels short to you, then you must be having fun, as the saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun." 

November is here! The end of 2021. This was the year that was supposed to be different, covid free, yet here we are, at the end of it and it's still with us. WTF? This is a hard core virus. I just got my booster shot, so I'm wearing a suit of armor. I'm so glad I got it because I'm heading to covid capital Florida for Thanksgiving. This will be the first time I will see family down there since covid, as they all live there. It's been two years now. This is the longest stretch of time I've gone without seeing them. I'm looking forward to being with everyone again live and in person and maybe even a hug, instead of seeing them through a screen.

My whole family is vaccinated from what I understand, thank goodness. I'm not going to go down the anti-vaxxer rabbit hole right now, it's exhausting. You can't physically force anyone to do anything they don't want to do. I'm going to go ahead and trust doctors and scientists!! If other people want to believe football players, Donald Trump, other random politicians and their nonsense theories or their own random theories they can go ahead. In New York, the vaccination rate is 73% and you have to show proof of vaccination to get into the majority of public spaces. I feel for those who live in other states, such as Alabama and Tennessee, where the rate is in the low 50's. Wait...I said I wasn't going to go down this rabbit hole!

My trip isn't far away and I'm going to stay in good spirits, enjoy the time with family and friends, be grateful for my health, my family's health, the love, the food on our table, roof over our heads, beds to sleep on and fresh clothes to wear because there are many, many people in the world without these things and for many, many people in the world, these basic needs are a struggle to have. If you find yourself at a dinner table this coming Thanksgiving surrounded by people you love and who love you, with delicious food in front of you and maybe even some fancy table decor...thank our Lucky Star*



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