Monday, August 30, 2021

"This year just feels different"

A reader, commenting on the "Calling Fall" blog post, left a comment about the conclusion of her gardening efforts over the summer:

I picked the last of the blueberries yesterday and pulled up a seconded batch of carrots. I am going to can the carrots today. It was 43 degrees last night and cloudy this morning.

In the garden I am still getting green beans. I think the potatoes are ready to dig up and the brussel sprouts are FINALLY coming on. In September I always get my "Get ready For Winter " list out. there was a nice list on Lehman's blog back in 2016. It is so hard for me this year to say, get ready for fall. I love fall, it truly is my favorite time of the year. But this year just feels different.

Just a nice chatty post about her fall plans, right? But it was the last line that caught my eye: "But this year just feels different."

Yes it does.

What do you think?

47 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more. We live in Texas and are already feeling the weather cool down. That shouldn't be a thing until Octoberish.

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  2. It feels different to me too. Fall is typically my favorite time of year but this year there’s sadness, urgency, and a feeling of anxiety over the unknown. While my garden is producing, I’m still fighting against whatever may come. As things die, while I’m thankful for what they have produced, I feel like I’m losing a weapon of sorts.

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  3. Our weather is not what is giving me anxiety, it feels fairly normal. It is the shortages, back-orders and empty shelves that are getting to me. And the total evil that occupies the highest offices in the USA, as well as the blatant tyranny is places around the world where I never would have expected it. Scary!

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  4. here in upstate ny is rain rain and more rain. not a pleasant summers of pasts. everything is water logged. yuck. can not mow so wet.

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  5. empty shelves here too.

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  6. empty shelves here too.

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  7. The birds know when to fly south. Salmon know when it's time to head upstream. God didn't leave us without abilities such as these... Act on that "feeling," Patrice...

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  8. now ya know my name cool.

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  9. Nothing is the same. Not work, school, church, home. We are in the midst of regime change, and the future is frightening. A "Global Reset' that we didn't apply for, or vote for, or care for. Doesn't feel right at all.

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  10. It does feel different. Sadly, not in many good ways.

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  11. You know, whenever I want to read some doom and gloom THE SKY IS FALLING junk, I know I can check out the comments here. How many years have I read about how EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR blah blah y blah. Don't you people ever get sick of being Chicken Littles? Are you happy living this way? constantly expecting the end of the world? Do you ever enjoy life and look forward to the future or is it just conspiracy nut, QAnon, Plandemic nonsense 24/7? It's always just sadness, anxiousness, worry about the unknown, the sky is falling year after year after year. Get some antidpressants and start enjoying life. I am not joking.

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    1. I lived off the grid for five years. Didn't have a clue of what was happening in the rest of the world. Late 60-70's. That time has long past Krab. We are all disgusted and done. I hope you and your loved ones aren't on antidepressants but are moving forward to keep yourselves going forward. It's not the world you knew. I'm not joking either. God Bless.

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    2. Krab, sorry you felt the need to seek out doom and gloom today. Perhaps if you would spend some time thinking about how you could become more self reliant and not having to depend on others, you might not get depressed thinking about what to do when/if it turns out Chicken Little was right. Just saying……..

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    3. Krab, a simple question. Do you believe Christ and the apostle John (author of Book of Revelation) were conspiracy nuts too?
      Montana Guy

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    4. It's not about "gloom and doom." It's about self-reliance. Given your attitude toward what we talk about here, it's odd you choose "Krab" as an alias. You're the one who sounds unhappy.
      Given your lackadaisical attitude towards preparedness, I also venture to guess you were "caught short" when the "pandemic" started getting air time. We were not.

      As for us, we're not "chicken littles." We prepare, and move on with life. If you want to live your life totally reliant on municipal services, government handouts, and just-in-time food supplies, that's your choice. The way we do things is ours... ...no antidepressants needed... You, on the other hand...

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    5. I totally agree with you. This is the place to hear gloom and doom!! But all was wonderful when we were being guided by The
      Lying Sack of Do-do that just left office!!

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    6. actually the author of Revelations was John the Elder, who was not the apostle. So right there, you show you don't know what you're talking about, Montana Guy. And thanks, we did fine during the pandemic. Nor do I live my life based on government handouts, yadda yadda yadds. I would bet quite a lot of cash I'm worth way more than you are, Peteforester.

      I stand by what I said. I've read this blog for years and years and every year, everything gets worse!!! The sh-- is surely gonna hit the fan this year! THEY don't want you to know about it! Paranoia and depression speaking.

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    7. If you judge a person's worth by their bank account, MANY are "worth" more than I am.

      "I've read this blog for years and years and every year, everything gets worse!!! The sh-- is surely gonna hit the fan this year! THEY don't want you to know about it! Paranoia and depression speaking."

      And yet here you are, year after year, reading it, Krab... 'Sounds like the problem is between your keyboard and your chair...

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    8. Krab, It is far more likely that John the Elder is just another way of referring to John the apostle. Indeed, John describes himself as “the Elder,” not to distinguish himself from “the apostle,” but to emphasize his authority and seniority. In short, there is scant evidence that a distinct John the Elder even existed and there is sufficient evidence that John the Elder and John the apostle are one and the same. Just saying…..

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    9. You can "just say" whatever you want, Sue, but Biblical scholars disagree.

      As for "worth," Pete, you're the one who brought up "dependent on government handouts," not me. Therefore you obviously judge people on their monetary worth. And I win. Sorry! Hope all your jars of moldering green beans console you.

      As for reading the comments, I do only occasionally, so that I can remind myself what the right-wing lunatic fringe apparently believes. OOOOH! THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE! Every year it's worse! Oooooh scary!

      And yet here the rest of us go, trundling along just fine without hating and fearing most of the US population. Go figure.

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    10. Wow! Mockery and anger. Why come to sites where you feel so differently from those who normally read here?

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    11. Krab, why do you keep coming back? I think there is something here you're enjoying even if you're to psychologically repressed to understand what that something is.

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    12. Krab is sounding suspiciously like an internet troll.

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    13. hahaha, ya think? there is a LOT of the that invaded Backyard Chickens,

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  12. It feels different, but I feel hopeful, contrary to some other comments, I appreciate the regime change...and I do feel that all of us with benefit from positive ideas to help our environment, our health care and focus on helping each of us with rational ideas...

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    1. I agree. I'm happy for the "regime" change and life seems lighter now. Hoping the hate and darkness will fade like our last leader. Loving the weather now, loving the upcoming holidays, love life in general now.

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    2. Our health care? I live near the Canadian border and have spent part of one day each week of the past month in the ER with a family member dying of cancer. It gets old being 5 or 10 deep in line when in front of you are pregnant teenage Hispanics who don't speak a lick of English and are not paying their hospital bills either. "Postive ideas" are great until you are trying to get medical help and you are actually over paying for to cover others.

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  13. …and focus on helping each of us with rational ideas…”

    Translation: helping each of you that agrees with me.

    Whatever.

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  14. Rest easy folks. The fact that a lot of us can discern normal from different sets us apart. It allows us to make preparations and take precautions as needed to the best of our abilities. I retired in 2019 and looked forward to a lack luster easy going road to the end. Oh well, buck up, kick one thing in the rear end move on to the next.

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  15. Uh - huh. I am neither gloomy, nor optimistic...l suppose that I am feeling a bit ambivalent. I have not heard of any positive ideas from our "new" regime. Our health care was set up by the previous regime. What exactly is new? I am falling into the be prepared group. I don't find any comfort in some things that I can see. Like empty shelves, gas stations that can't get enough help even at $15 an hour. People staying home because the government is paying them to. Erratic medical provisions. Small businesses folding. I want the opportunity to fend for myself, provide for myself without interference. Free to come and go and worship as I please.

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  16. It feels different, but I am cautious. The new regime DOES have me on edge as I SEE supply shortages of building supplies, medical services, empty shelves, small businesses closed or under reduced hours being unable to hire enough people even at $15 or more. I want to be free to provide for myself, come and go and worship as I please without restriction

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  17. Thank you sisters and brothers of our rural life. We know all of what you have posted here, because we are aware of what is happening. This is the time we have been preparing for. God help us all. Find each other and become the haven of goodness, love and most of all God.

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  19. So perfectly said, Lulu!! Bless you, and thank you!

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  20. Up in Canada the geese are flying which is a month early. The garden is done about a month early. The leaves are changing a month early. So yes it's feeling different.

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  21. I'm pulling up the rest of my garden tomorrow; the elk are bugling; the leaves are falling (although they haven't turned color yet). Fall is coming early to central PA.

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  22. Poor Becky!! She removed all her comments - second guessed her replies. How many times have I started leaving a comments and then just changed my mind for various reasons. Becky is smart, I think.
    Anyway - yes this year feels different. As a 65 year old, I am witnessing changes occurring lightning fast, so that I can't catch my breath. Talk about "birth pains". Changes in the medical system are the worst. You just can't get the care you used to - and that was before Covid Delta started trouble this past month or so. You don't know what will be on the shelves when you shop. The things we used to do to "get away" for awhile - like eating out or going to thrift shops - is limited because of Covid uptick. My personal, Christian theory? Jesus is coming soon - that's what I think - and that is a good thing.

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  23. No, not a second guess
    The word of the Lord tells us all we need to know and do. Though Noah, Joseph, and the prudent that filled their flasks and didnt just have oil for the day but extra. Being prudent is wise.
    I totally agree with Don when Patrice said:
    " I asked him to clarify how he "calls" fall. He says it's almost a spiritual attunement. He was walking to the shop and heard a heavy silence. A pregnant pause. A frozen moment in time."
    Spiritually in tune.
    Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord;
    Be strong and let your heart take courage;
    Yes,,,,,,, wait for the Lord.

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