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Peace of Mind v. the Blues

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!

Would you like to comment?

  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

  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

  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!

  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!


  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!!!!

    Uxbridge, MA

  6. Anonymous8:40 PM

    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.

  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!

  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!

  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...

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

  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!


  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!

  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!


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

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

  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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