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Finding it

The wind bites my skin, one more reason to have a dislike button permanently installed against wind as a weather element. The latest in a list of reasons why it’s on my go away list, kind of like the pandemic but I digress…

Every fall the wind strips the colour from the landscape, long before I am ready for it to leave. Well I guess that’s not fair as sometimes snow takes the colour but my usual MO is I blame the wind for all sorts of things.

I forced myself to look beyond the bare trees. To see the beauty that can still be found by changing the focal length and my mind set. The wind still sucked but I was dressed for it and it’s not like it was -45.

Pretty leaves are gone

Native prairie colours show

Multi shades aglow

This was written in my year of daily haikus. It’s a yearly struggle for me as the days get shorter and the bright colours fade. It’s imperative for my mental health that I practise gratitude, stay positive and keep moving. I can’t let the wind stop our daily walks.

The whole darkness may be more of a challenge this year. Oh the daylight hours don’t change but the social isolation could definitely feel like a heavy hand. The brightest lites in my day are off limits, my usual October get away didn’t occur and did I mention the darkness? I am now up long before the sun on a work day and walks have to occur before supper or they would have to happen in the pitch black.

So in search of positives I shall remain! They are there and I just need to remain focused on them and not the outside forces or those inside my own head.



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

12 thoughts on “Finding it

  1. I agree with you about the need to keep moving. Both physically and mentally. I worry about how I am, we all are, going to make it through our winter, preferably retaining my/our sanity. Stay positive is right.


    1. I find it easier to keep myself going physically (thanks to the dog) but I can easily fall into a mental slumber without pushing myself. I am trying to make sure I am engaged. I hope we still get our winter holiday as it’s a social distance outdoor activity but time will tell if we can travel from one province to another. What is your usual winter get away to keep your sanity?

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      1. Years ago we’d go to FL for a week every winter, usually late Jan or Feb– but in the last few years we haven’t done that. Now, of course, I want to do that again… but 2021 may not be the year to do so. This year sanity will have to be an inside job. 😉

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  2. Ahh – a kindred spirit who isn’t fond of wind. It’s not my friend!
    I always thought that winter would be so much easier to manage if we had the long hours of daylight like we do in summer. It’s the darkness rather than the cold that wears me down.

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    1. I absolutely agree. I’m usually ok with a walk at -40 because there is no wind. I find the dark of autumn to be far harder than the cold of winter. Come Dec 22nd and I am already giddy that the days are getting longer!
      We do seem to be kindred spirits don’t we? Thanks for dropping by and engaging in conversation. It’s kind of cool, that after this long blogging, I’ve finally encountered “others” like me who engage!


  3. The end of fall this year is truly depressing. Usually, we have birthdays and Christmas to look forward to. This year, we just have Covid hibernation. Thanks for sharing Bernie. Stay well. Spring will be here in 6 months. Yikes. Allan

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    1. Ah but for me Allan I’m ok as soon as the snow flies and it becomes white and beautiful again. The days start getting longer at the end of December so that also gets me through. But I get your drift — there is going to be a lot of hibernation. Stay well and thanks for dropping in to read and comment.

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      1. I’m gonna stay positive and say I will get one more bike ride before the serious snow flies. A really cold bike ride, but a bike ride, nonetheless. A


  4. Good advice, to keep moving! I find a walk in nature always improves my state of mind. Then to come home and light some candles and make a hot drink and get cozy to watch a good movie (and knit or crochet) or read a book while something delicious is in the oven or the slow cooker. I try to find enjoyment and reflection in the slower, darker days; as much as that is possible.


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    1. I do as well. All of those items regularly feature in my winter but I know the dark days of November can take a toll. Walking in nature when it’s all brown and blah makes me really work hard to find the brighter colours. It’s always better once it actually snows and it brightens up. Without the dog I would often be tempted to just roll up and read so it’s a good thing he keeps me moving on ugly days. Nature walks have been proven to provide many health benefits so guess it’s a good thing we are both into it!

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