The Recovering Pessimist

Helping pessimists see the bright side of life without losing their "half empty" roots.

Colorful Burdens





During the spring/summer, the trees are full of leaves. Over time, those leaves begin to weigh down the branches, which aren’t all very strong. When the seasons change, the trees begin to release the leaves, creating a colorful blanket on the ground.

Now imagine the tree as the spirit/body and the leaves as the burdens that weigh the spirit/body down. Do the trees feel as free as the spirit/body feels?
Updated March 14 ,2015

The Autumn of Life


I experienced decades of sadness and joy

Curated memories and learned some painful lessons

Just so I can spend the autumn of my life

Reflecting and appreciating.

If I don’t see another winter

That’s fine with me.

You see, I’ve loved many

Laughed heartily 

Experienced the world around me

Shared my knowledge with the masses.

I can leave this world

Happy to see the leaves change colors

As I prepare for my final season.


Circle of Life


I found a photo of leaves falling on the ground. My immediate thought was how the leaves represented the cycle of life. We’re born, we life, and we die (pardon the morbid thought).

Instead of writing some drawn out post about life, I decided to post the following video. It’s a classic, I promise you.

Survival Tips for Allergy/Sinus Sufferers


The cooler weather and falling leaves are awesome. For those who suffer from allergies and/or sinus issues, it’s the start of a rough season. Everything from the neck up has been in a state of panic since the first cool day we had here in Virginia.

I wanted to share some of my tips that have helped me so far so that you won’t be a frequent visitor at the doctor’s office (like I am). Also, leave a comment with your tips. I’m always up to learn something new.

1. Use a Humidifier
My warm water humidifier is my best friend during the cold months. I add about 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to the water. The menthol is good for clearing congestion. Plus it smells lovely.

2. Stay Hydrated
This sounds gross, but I get a lot of phlegm that just sticks to the sides of my throat. When it gets this bad, I usually have to buy Mucinex to break up the phlegm and prevent chest and sinus congestion issues.

3. Listen to your Body
I’ve had so many upper respiratory infections. Going to the doctor and the pharmacy constantly is draining . I finally learned that my body will warn me when all is not well. That gives me time to try to treat the issue before it gets worse. Your wallet will thank you later.

4. Rest Up
I know you hear this all the time, but you have to get a good night’s rest. Yes, I know all the fall shows are back on TV, but you need to give your body time to repair itself. When I can’t fall asleep, I drink a cup of Celestial Seasoning’s Sleepytime Sinus Soother Wellness Tea. I usually fall asleep within 10-15 minutes of drinking the tea.

5. Medicate Wisely
If you use prescription and/or over-the-counter medication, make sure you use them correctly. In addition to local pharmacy, I use to check for any drug interactions.

Those are a few of my allergy/sinus survival tips. My fellow sufferers, how do you survive the colder months? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

Light’s Out Early


wpid-wp-1412467686407.jpegDaylight Savings Time (DST) doesn’t end until November, 2, 2014 and it’s already pitch black dark before 8 p.m. So sad.

Minnetonka Weather


Fall brings cooler weather.

Cooler weather means I can break out my favorite boots.

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squeals with glee


Sweater Weather & Excessive Carb Consumption


Country Air & Rustling Leaves


As a country girl living in the city, I have an appreciation for fresh air. It may sound crazy, but when the wind blows in the country, the air feels so fresh.

Combine that with the sound of leaves rustling and you have my favorite fall sound. If I could bottle the sound and take it with me, trust me, I would.


Fall Defined


Fall is a flash of reds, yellows, and browns. These colors fall from their perch, dancing their way to the ground. The wind is chilly, caressing my face and tickling my nose. Rain creates puddles enticing me to jump in.

I wrap myself in the warmth of sweaters and jackets. My feet cozy in thick socks and boots. I wish the weather would stay this way until the birth of Spring but alas, that it is not meant to be.

Night begins earlier, the darkness misleading. Hot beverages warm a chilly body in the morning air. Evenings are spent watching fall TV shows in the glow of a burning candle, cuddled up in a blanket.

Crock pots slowly cook soups and stews. Pumpkin spice everything fill the shelves. Ovens bake goods sprinkled with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Apples and cranberries are the fruit of the season.

The season never seems to last long enough but I enjoy the time that it’s here. So excited for the festivals, baked goods, and apple cider. Another season of memories.

Welcome Fall.

In Transition


Hardwood Support



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