Last week I made appointments and this week I followed through.
On Wednesday I gave a talk at Gilda’s Club. They’re starting a series called “Members Speak”, and the series is front loaded with members who have public speaking experience. My talk was the second in the once a month series. Timing at the end of August is tricky. Things are generally slow in the clubhouse as everyone is either taking their last vacation or getting the kids back to school. Even so, I had more than double the attendance from the July talk!
My speech was titled: “Ooops I Did It Again!”. I spoke about the differences both medically and personally that I’ve seen with two cancer diagnoses 24 years apart. I talked about the niggly voice in your head, and anyone who has had cancer knows it, that wonders what will happen if you have to face cancer again. I talked about how important reading Gilda Radner’s book was to me 24 years ago, and how disappointed I was that a clubhouse like that didn’t exist. I talked about how valuable my experience with Gilda’s Club has been this past year, as a member and a volunteer. I got good feedback. When I was done and we chatted after everyone stayed and was engaged in the conversation.
I met with a professional seamstress/tailor about what to do with my wardrobe. She’s a friend I haven’t seen in some time so it was nice to catch up. I got a tour of her gardens along with a lovely cup of tea. What was fun was going through my basket of fabrics I’ve collected over the years. We have similar tastes in fabric and styles. I’m excited to be turning clutter into function. This week we’ll go shopping for patterns and notions.
The photo gallery is from this weekend and my meeting with a web designer. This is definitely the way to do a meeting. We had perfect weather and wind for a sail, a lovely conversation, and we also determined that we are a good “fit” in terms of taste and style. She will be sending me a “to-do” list, essentially holding my hand through the process of producing an up to date website that actually serves as a promotion tool.
School starts, and I maintain that I am enculturated to also start new things in the fall. It’s when my energy is geared up and willing to take on new tasks. Some of that is the drop in average daily temperature. It’s easier to be active when it’s just a little cooler and the air isn’t as thick.
What are you starting this fall?
Labor Day has so many meanings, but it always seems to signal the end of summer. The fall migration has started. We may have been ignoring it for the last few weeks, but once Labor Day has passed, the move is inevitable.
It’s odd this shift into an autumnal attitude. The weather is still hot, the air full of allergens and the days are still (for a few weeks more) longer than the nights. I suspect some of it is living far enough north that the threat of winter is a little more urgent. We’ve had some pretty crazy weather the past few years, but I remember the Halloween blizzard – over 20″ of snow Oct 31-Nov 1. I know that in Minnesota, Trick or Treating involves coats over or under the costumes most years.
I also think some of it is cultural. I don’t have anyone in household starting school this fall. Still, there is something in my world view that says things begin at this time of year. It’s always been a good time for me to start new projects. Diets and exercise that I start in the fall have a greater chance of success. My best relationship memories, all the way back to high school, involve walking through the fallen leaves.
The geese won’t really start moving until we get closer to frost. There is an increase in food gathering, but hibernation is a Thanksgiving event. Still the migration has started. The hummingbirds, first to go, are diminished in their ranks. Even our state bird, the loon, makes its way to warmer climates.
We may no longer be a migratory people, but we migrate in our habits. We stop planning the backyard BBQ’s and start planning the tail-gating parties. We run the winter coats to the cleaners and send the children back to their regularly scheduled days. Our diets begin to shift from corn on the cob and melons to squashes and apples. The air conditioner may still run during the day, but the windows are open at night, or even closed to keep the warmth in against the evening breezes.
Is there a migration in your life this fall?