What a great conversation I had yesterday morning after class with 2 of my students. We were discussing all the pitfalls of middle -age and particularly peri-menopause and menopause. I WANT TO SHOUT FROM MOUNTAIN TOPS THAT IT DOES GET BETTER!!! Falling into the sleeping pill and anti-depressant cycle, in my humble opinion, just makes us hungover from the sleeping pill, often more hungry from the chemicals, and sometimes depressed that we are now taking anti-depressants! Menopause is NOT a disease and its symptoms can be ANYTHING from the ones we always hear about like hot flashes and emotional roller-coasters to palpitations, joint pain (which can mimic carpal tunnel syndrome) and just about ANYTHING that is out of YOUR norm. I highly suggest the book The Wisdom of Menopause, by Christiane Northrup, M.D. It was recommended to me at a girls lunch a few years ago and helped me in more ways that you can imagine! If you are at that time of your life, READ IT! But be forewarned…it may make you think about ALL aspects of your life! Remember we are not who we were.
Parkland Farmer’s Market opens this morning. If you are a local and have never been there this morning would be a beautiful morning to check it out. It is at 8350 Ranch Road in Parkland, at the Equestrian Center (off of Holmberg between University and Riverside). There will be lots of booths with fresh veggies, fruits, herbs, plants, outrage guacamole, fresh breads to die for, pastries, jewelry and so much more. There is usually a big bounce house for the kids and cows and horses and lots and lots of fresh air. It is from 9-1 today and the first and third Sunday of each month. The city of Margate has one on the opposite Sundays at 441 and Margate Blvd. but for some reason I have not yet been to one there. Maybe this season!
As long as we can always make lemonade out of lemons, life it good. I searched high and low, here and there and most everywhere for an upbeat quote about November. Trust me, it wasn’t easy to find one, unless it was specifically about Thanksgiving. I saw this one and thought it was quite appropriate for the day we lose an hour of sunlight when I think we most could use it…(I realize there ARE some people who really prefer the light in the morning…either way, the moments of sunlight ARE getting less each day till December 22). Personally, I will think of this quote as the sunsets this evening…and every evening until minutes of sunlight are back on the upswing.
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.