It’s Fall, Y’all!! The time when I start my many moods of the seasons!!
I love Fall! Even in Texas!! We don’t get that crispness in the air or the cooler temperatures as early as more northern states. But Fall is still my favorite time of the year!!
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We don’t even get a lot of vibrant colors with trees changing colors. We see some, but not like northern states, and doesn’t seem to last long. We tend to make up for that by decorating! A lot!
However this year we are getting a few cooler temperatures earlier than usual here at home. Just enough to need a sweater or light jacket in the mornings or late evenings. Exactly how I like it!
As you can see, even in Texas on this cool Fall morning in the middle of October my grandsons needed jackets on their way to school. They are always making me laugh! Never a dull moment with these two from the moment they wake up until the moment they fall asleep.
The boys and I, as with most Texans, love our hoodies during Fall!!
Why I have many moods of the seasons
This post is mainly about my many moods of the seasons, and I promise I am getting to that, but first I want to talk more about Fall.
There are many reasons I love Fall, mainly because I enjoy so many things this time of year. And well I try to enjoy as much as I can during Fall because I know very soon Fall will end and Winter is coming.
With the change of Winter to Fall comes the dreaded Winter Blues. Let’s go back to Fall for a minute and talk more about all things Fall that I enjoy so much!
My favorite things about Fall
- Fall, especially in Texas, means relief from scorching heat!! I say “scorching” heat because Fall means we can anticipate temps below 90 soon!
- Fall equals October!! Which means MY birthday on October 6th!!! Yeah, yeah, I know! I’m a little old to be getting excited over my birthday. I just get excited that I’ve been blessed with another year of loving and enjoying my family and friends! Another year of blessings and watching my grandchildren grow and enjoy life. And I get ALL those birthday wishes on Facebook! It’s awesome when all your friends take time to comment or send you funny GIFs! It’s the little things that make me smile!
- Fall means pumpkin! Pumpkin everything! From Pumpkin spice lattes to pies, candles, and even popcorn! If you can imagine it then add pumpkin to it and make it better! I just love the smell of pumpkin. But I don’t drink lattes and I don’t add pumpkin to my coffee. My coffee has to simply have the taste of coffee please! I know, I’m boring in the coffee department!
- Fall also means football!!! I love football! From the Friday night lights as a kid watching my older brother play in high school, then cheering in pep squad during my high school years. On through following my son playing while one daughter was in the band and my older daughter was a trainer for the team during their high school years. Now I watch pro football (GO Cowboys!!) while I patiently wait for my grandsons to start playing! Football is my favorite sport to watch! Along with Rodeos!
- Fall and October here where I live means Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo! better known as HOT Fair and Rodeo. This event goes on for an entire week in Waco, TX. This has happened for as long as I can remember. Attending the fair/rodeo and concert became a tradition for my birthday by the time I was 6 years old.
The HOT Fair and Rodeo
We have been going to the HOT Fair and Rodeo well over 50 years now, and this year my youngest grandson participated in the Mutton Bustin! If you’ve never heard of or watched Mutton Bustin then you don’t know what you are missing! Great entertainment!
For those of you who don’t know, Mutton Bustin is basically putting young kids (with protective gear on) onto sheep then turning the sheep loose in a small arena. Each kid is given a score based on how long and how well they stay on the sheep. Only one child/sheep is in the arena at a time.
Ok, perhaps rodeo fans have a weird sense of entertainment but the kids love it! Boogie (my youngest grandson) was the smallest kid in his group this time. You’d have thought he was 10 feet tall and bulletproof. That kid was so excited for days leading up to the event. He is four years old and believe me when I say that the child is not afraid of anything!
He did not back down, and even though he fell off the sheep soon as they came out of the chute, he proudly asked me “Did you see me ride dat sheep?”
Boogie was strutting like a little rooster! I was so proud of him for trying. He has no fear and doesn’t let anything stop him from trying new things.
Fall is my happy season
As you can see I really enjoy October! I am probably in my happiest mood during the Fall season! I even enjoy Halloween and watching the kids dress up in their favorite characters each year.
I do love Summer because the grandkids are out of school and we can go on weekend getaways, take trips to Six Flags, and go swimming or to the lake. The heat sometimes gets unbearable and we are all ready for Fall before Summer ends.
Spring is my second favorite season because it is like a new beginning, new life to trees and plants. Most of all Spring brings an end to Winter. Which brings me to the main subject of my many moods of the seasons.
All of my moods of the seasons
Spring is refreshing like starting over and coming out of the gloom.
Summer is fun! The end of school and anticipation of vacations, trips and time with the kids.
Fall is my happy time! It is the time of year that I usually feel my best. I get excited about things. I just feel happy and enjoy all the things I mentioned above. I also start seeing the grandkids getting excited about the upcoming holidays.
Winter is my most dreaded time of year. This is the season of my many moods. I go through an array of emotions, feelings, and moods.
Why I dread winter
Twenty-three years ago, I was diagnosed with clinical depression, after losing my mom to colon cancer.
I worked through the grief but with other situations in my life at the time I was not able to work through it all as well as I thought I had and the depression deepened until it was not “just sadness”. You can read more about that period in my life in an earlier post by clicking here.
It became true clinical depression that I continue to live with daily. I manage my daily life with depression well, but the winter season brings on a much more gloomy mood. I become more depressed than my norm.
Some people call it “Winter Blues”. Others tend to get the “Holiday Blues”. Then there is the clinical diagnosis of “Seasonal Affective Disorder” also known as “SAD”.
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Winter Blues or Holiday Blues
The Winter Blue or Holiday Blues are not medical diagnoses. They are more general terms describing a sadness or gloomy feeling that people feel as days grow shorter. With colder weather and less natural sunlight, many people get what has been termed “winter blues”.
The same is true with Holiday Blues and with both these terms, the holidays can also cause feelings of sadness as we miss loved ones no longer with us. Sometimes people are far from home during holidays and that can cause the “blues” too.
These non-medical terms refer to a type of sadness that is fairly common. They are more mild than serious and usually clear up on their own in a short period of time.
My Winter Season Moods
As Fall begins to usher in the Winter season, my moods start to waver. I easily swing from one mood to the next. Often as easily as a pendulum from happy, to nostalgic and then sad, crying and depressed.
Fall was also my Mom’s favorite time of year. She decorated the old farmhouse for Thanksgiving by November 1st. The whole family was expected to be there for lunch on Thanksgiving day. She prepared the entire meal.
After lunch, she and the grandkids spent time going through JC Penney and Sears catalogs. The kids had to prepare their Christmas lists for her! The very next day all Thanksgiving decorations were instantly replaced with her Christmas decorations. Then her Christmas shopping began! My mom loved Christmas! I cannot express how much she enjoyed the entire holiday season. She somehow always made the holidays feel so magical for the whole family.
Then came my Holiday Blues
Twenty-four years ago when my Mom died the holidays changed for our family. It lost a little bit of it’s magic for us. We tried to make some new traditions while keeping a few old ones. It just never felt the same again.
Twelve years ago next month we lost my only niece to leukemia. My brother’s only child. She was twenty-one years old. Same age as my twins. Holidays began to feel unbearable. Then six months later we lost my Daddy to a massive heart attack.
Holidays are still unbearable to my brother and his wife. My adult children and I have a lot of new traditions and celebrations with my grandkids now. My brother and his wife join us in the celebrations but it’s just different now. It’s a difficult time of year.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder is different from Winter or Holiday Blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a well defined clinical diagnosis.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. It usually starts in the late fall and early winter and goes away during the spring and summer. Some people do have episodes of depression that start in the spring or summer, but that is a lot less commonhttps://medlineplus.gov/seasonalaffectivedisorder.html
While the exact cause of SAD is unknown, researches think there may be links to people with SAD not having enough Vitamin D, too much melatonin in their bodies or an imbalance of serotonin.
The main treatment for SAD is light therapy. The idea behind light therapy is to replace the sunshine that you miss during the fall and winter months. You sit in front of a light therapy box every morning to get daily exposure to bright, artificial light. But some people with SAD do not respond to light therapy alone. Antidepressant medicines and talk therapy can reduce SAD symptoms, either alone or combined with light therapy.https://medlineplus.gov/seasonalaffectivedisorder.html
While I do live daily with clinical depression, and I do have many moods of the seasons, I do not have Seasonal Affective Disorder.
I suffer from Winter/Holiday Blues, which can cause my Depression to intensify. My winter days or long, cold and gloomy for the most part.
Fortunately, I have three wonderful children and three amazing grandkids that make my days worth every minute. They make the holidays worth looking forward to.
Practice gratitude. Remember to find happiness in the small things!
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