02 October 2007

Peace of Mind v. the Blues

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I have been in a kind of a funk since my dad died in March. I never really felt close to him yet I miss him like crazy. I haven't been doing the things I love to do and I really haven't given Ashley's wedding the attention I usually give these things... until today.

When I woke up this morning I really felt blue. I can't say I have ever really felt this way before. I didn't want to get dressed, I didn't even want to shower. All this really kinda freaked me out.

Many of you don't know this but I was a pre-med major for three years at Truman State and I have this really awful habit of diagnosing me and my family. I think I am experiencing dysthymia, a mild form of depression. Well, that just ticked me off, because I have always felt that people are in charge of their own feelings.

So I came home, reheated my mac and tomatoes and had myself a great dinner. Then I cleaned my kitchen, which desperately needed it. And then, I got out all my fall stuff and decorated my house and front porch for Halloween.

I had such a great time! I am feeling really good about it and I was able to get over myself for today. I am not so naive to think this will cure everything, but now I know what works for me.

Here are a few photos from my decorating frenzy. I hope you enjoy them, not just for their beauty but for the peace of mind they represent!

16 comments :

  1. Your pictures aren't showing for me, Terri. When I start feeling blue like that, keeping busy is my way of handling it and it usually works:-) I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, I hadn't realized he had passed away just a few months ago. I'll come back later to see if your pictures are showing:-) xox

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  2. Me again:-) Yeahhhhh they're showing up now!! Oh Terri, your decorations are just beautiful and I really love the way you decorated the entrance corner. Love your collection of haunted houses as well:-) xox

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  3. My dad has been dead 6 years and I still miss him so much. I do like you do to fight depression... do something I enjoy and work up a sweat! love the decorations!

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  4. Well I hope that you're still feeling better now! I can't imagine losing my father. But, your decorating is adorable. I love the table/hoosier looking thing. Have no idea what it's called. HA! But whatever it's called - it's gorgeous!

    Love,
    Julie

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  5. Anonymous2:10 PM

    Sorry to hear you are still feeling a bit down. I know when my Dad passed it took me awhile to get back into the groove of things. Like you, I forced myself to do things that would make me smile. Take it a day at at time and it will get better, trust me! :)

    Keeping you in my thoughts.
    Love your blog!!!!

    Marion
    Uxbridge, MA

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  6. Looks great and glad your better. I know what you mean. I have to drag myself up alot. My moods change to what is going on around me.it hasn't always been like this.

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  7. Hi Terri,
    Thank you for always stopping by to see me and for your sweet comments!

    I'm sorry to hear that you were feeling down...I do understand what you're going through. I lost both of my parents and it is very tough at times. I'm glad you were able to do some decorating...it looks great!

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  8. OH Terri! You blue...naahhh! Hang in there kid...that's my dad's saying! Love ya dear friend. Ane the decorations look great! Sending some cyper hugs and prayers your way!

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  9. Hi... Oh, yeah. I soooo understand. In fact, as I look at the little stack of red, white, and blue stuff still folded and waiting to be put away and think of all my lovely autumn things, I am thinking.... I need to follow some good advice from you and do even a little for autumn in spite of my blues. Love your fall things. self diagnosis, huh? My doctor calls me WEB MD when I do that! haha...

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  10. Glad you are doing better. Your house is looking good! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Oh dear Terri...I am so sorry about your Dad. I lost mine 6 years ago and, although the pain has lessened, I still miss him. I think of him all the time...he would have so loved Gracie.Danny with such a passion. Danny adored him. Through Dan, Grace has come to know him for which I am grateful.
    I am so glad that you were able to help put this funk behind you. Staying bust does help doesn't it?
    I LOVE all your decorations! Your home is so pretty...so, so warm.

    LOVED your list of 7 more things...I hope to get my 7 things up by this weekend!

    Hugs,
    Sue

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  12. I think you used my doll bed for your decorations. hahaha, it looks really good! I can't wait to come home this weekend to see it! I'm sad about Grandpa, too. We can be sad and decorate together. My room doesn't have anything seasonal in it, yet!

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  13. What gorgeous wood furniture. Shabby Chic has its merits but natural wood always gets me excited! Your decorations are beautiful! I can see you love the colors of Autumn as much as me!

    Thanks for a wonderful visit!

    Kj
    California

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  14. Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. It was a really nice post and I enjoyed your pictures.
    Heather

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  15. So glad you are feeling better.
    I love the tree on your mantel!

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  16. My dad is 93. He had cataract surgery on Monday. He is a doctor in Ruby, SC and still practices medicine. We laughed at him Tuesday because he made the comment that now he can see again he'll be a much better doctor...he is a great believer in "bootstrapping" pulling yourself out of a funk (as long as it is not clinical depression). Good for you for making yourself feel better!

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