Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Indian Summer Election Day

I voted two weeks ago, having been forewarned of the possibility of waiting 4+ hours to vote on election day, so I missed the excitement of being at the polls today. (And seriously, I did miss it!) My phone was sadly silent today too- I guess all the campaign volunteers figured their time had run out. (Or maybe the word got out that I had already voted!)

The weather here is unreal. We're experiencing a true Indian Summer. Two weeks ago we had freezing temperatures, and even hold-outs like me had no choice but to turn on their furnaces, yet today everyone is wearing T-shirts and shorts outdoors- in November! I hope this is a good omen. At least nobody in this part of the country can use bad weather as an excuse not to vote. I hope each and every sound-minded individual votes in this election- it's so much healthier for our country's citizens to be involved- informed and involved.

This multi-colored tree stands but a few feet from my house. These days I really am trying to stay in the present, with appreciation as my goal. That way it's impossible to overlook sights such as this one. And it IS possible to overlook things that I choose to NOT focus on. Some would call that conscious living. I call it a big improvement.
I have come to realize the degree to which my "problems" are of my own making. As an example, I just called my bank in a panic after checking my account online and seeing no evidence of a deposit I made on Monday. The woman from the bank explained that it's bank procedure- nothing has gone wrong- the deposit just won't show until 7 am tomorrow. My panic was pointless- I didn't need that money for any particular reason. I've just fallen into the trap of worrying about money along with the rest of the world! Yet I'm not starving, not in danger of foreclosure- I have a job and everything I need. Why on earth would I choose to panic over money? "Because everyone else is paniced" is not a legitimate answer. The truth is that all is well, here and now.
Happy Election Day!!!! May the best man for our country win (and may Wall Street reflect that!).


Laurie said...

OH THE COLORS!!! Such beauty!

I voted last week :) I did it
while the boy was getting his
braces on...I'm happy with the
way I voted :)

I know the feeling of panic when
it comes to deposits...Several
years ago we had a check stolen and
we were wiped out of over $1500.
Now I watch my account like a
hawk! I question everything in it.


Betty said...

Dear Laurie,

Glad you got that voting out of the way last week! And I'm sorry to hear that you can relate to the deposit panic. After your experience, it's understandable. And yeah, this fall has been exceptional color-wise.


Monogram Queen said...

Amen Betty - Amen!

We had a cold snap but now it's supposed to go back to the 70's. All this week has been very dreary and rainy weather-wise! I'm ready for some sunshine.
Oh so happy to be posting again, for however long I can!

Betty said...

Dear Patti,

I'm so glad that you too are enjoying Indian Summer. May it last until April!


Big Dave T said...

Well, the day after the election and the stock market is down, at least at noon. Don't know if that means anything. I hear they were celebrating in your town there.

I did vote with the masses yesterday but had a short wait. I was more perturbed when the election worker waiting on the guy ahead of me decided to strike up a personal conversation with the the guy. Wanted to strangle the dude.

But I got to participate in an exit poll so that was something new for me.

Betty said...

Dear Big Dave,

Yep, this city was rockin' last night. My house shook a few times from the celebration downtown. I was just kinda numb, reluctant to place Obama on a pedestal and expect him to solve the world's woes. Until quite recently, this was a Republican town, and if the city's main newspaper had its way, it still would be. The many activists here worked way overtime, however.

Well, I don't understand the stock market, and one of my life goals is to learn to accept that and behave accordingly (ie. not invest any money in it)!!!!!


Lynilu said...

Wow, those colors are amazing! What a view you have from your house!

I voted early, too. And yes, I kind of missed the excitement, but I wasn't taking any chances. And I'll tell you, I'm not, NOT missing the persistent ringing of the phone! Today has been blissful; the only calls were from "real" people!!

Betty said...

Dear Lynilu,

Yes, it's good that things have calmed down, especially regarding the telephone and the doorbell.

I'm glad I voted early too because I waited in line a really long time 4 years ago!


Mary Ann said...

I really like your new banner photo. Very nice. And that tree is lovely.

Am also enjoying the absence of campaign commercials. An entire evening without one!

I'm optimistic about the future again and I hope the stock market will bounce back up soon.

Betty said...

Dear Mary Ann,

Yes, it's time for some optimism, for sure, although yesterday's stock prices did not reflect that! I think I'll just enjoy the silence of my telephone and the fall colors while they last.


Kel-Bell said...

Wonderful photos.

Betty said...

Hey Kelley! It's great to hear from you again!


Loving Annie said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous trees ! Thank you for taking the pictures of them - your blog always has such beauty on it :)

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