Tips For Living (November)

November Is Here

Not quite winter yet;

though snow may fall as leaves fly.

November is here.

Brisk mountain air as the stream babbles on.

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No what? November, and it is unique.

Just as bears store fat for their winter's sleep, November finds summer stores augmented by the treats of Trick Or Treat. The days are shorter and a sedentary time of year is setting in unless we cultivate fitness.

Furthermore, youth have yet to learn that the chill winds and cooler temperatures call for protecting the body's core, keeping the chest warm to guard against cold viruses and influenza that take hold when the immune system is weakened.

There are new threats coming home from schools where the confined heated air incubates sniffles into something worse and children share the microbes each has encountered since last they met.

Yes, November is unique as a season of challenges, for it is traditional that families gather to share stories, food, and germs. The common cautions to "cover your mouth when you cough" and "carry a clean handkerchief for when you sneeze" are not mere etiquette.

Frequent washing of hands, even sanitizing, becomes more important as friends and family gather and sandwiches become almost daily fare, along with finger foods and snacks.

November is a transition month. The temperature in the northern hemisphere is neither hot enough, nor cold enough to keep rhino and other viruses in check. So extra precautions are worth their weight in gold, preventing expensive visits to the doctors, lost time from work, and interruptions in holiday plans.

It takes an effort to bundle up for walks, to dress warmly enough for the early mornings and cooler evenings, and to be prepared for changes in the weather with its chill November rains, frosts, and even snows.

The elders among us know from experience that wisdom dictates adjusting to the seasons, and that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Ads for the latest probiotics will be reminders enough to be sensible and free to truly enjoy the wonders of November.

Full on winter will be coming soon enough, so enjoy the fall sunshine when possible, and lay in a supply of Vitamin D3 for the days ahead when sunshine is limited, bodies are bundled up when outside, and activities move indoors to the human caves where man spends his winters.

"The winds will blow, and we shall have snow, and what will poor robin do then?"

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annart 13 months ago from SW England

Good advice, Demas. We are having an extraordinarily mild week, temps up in the high teens. Not a cloud in the blue, blue sky and it's not windy either so I'm making the most of it. I don't like the cold but I like the rain even less; we can keep warm a lot more easily than we can keep dry.

Next week brings the Bridgwater Carnival on Saturday night so I'm hoping the dry might last a little longer!

A great reminder about November; thanks.

Ann


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Ericdierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A great piece worthy of our time to consider. But we live over here in the desert. 50's are cold for us. But I sure like hearing about the changes.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

annart - We will take all the rain we can get before the ground freezes and the water cannot penetrate. Are you going to take some photos and write about your Bridgwater Carnival? We have just finished rodeos and State Fairs here in the U. S. and now we are watching sons and fathers bang into other sons and fathers as American football holds sway.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - Yo could come here today and cool off. The temperature here at Noon is 63 F. But then again, it is still October. ; - )


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

I already have written about the Carnival, under the general heading of Bridgwater. The town hasn't got a lot but the annual Carnival makes up for that! I'm lucky that it's one of my most read articles.

Ann


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FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

Covering those coughs and sneezes is definitely a matter of health for anyone who has fragile health -- the young, elderly, those with compromised immune systems, pregnant mothers, etc. A cold can translate into so much more.


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Rabadi 13 months ago from New York

Very good advice, informative read, keep the hubs coming. You earned a new follower.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

annart - Photos and all? I will check it out tomorrow.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

FlourishAnyway -In Florida there is still time to enjoy summer, unless a hurricane drops by. The end of October is supposed to be the end of the allergy season and the hurricanes. You should be in the clear, and soon it will be citrus season for some of that great Florida sunshine. Now if folks will just rmember to cover the coughs and sneezes.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Rabadi - Looking forward to another activated follower, and I hope you enjoyed October as well.


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MsDora 13 months ago from The Caribbean

"Season of challenges." "Transition month." I miss those experiences in the Caribbean. Well, I really don't miss the cold.


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savvydating 13 months ago

What a charming reminder of why bundling up and doing simple things like washing hands is so important. I personally love November. It's the perfect transition month---not to mention, I have a birthday in November. Lovely, useful hub you've written here.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - Fall, frost, snow will all arrive here Tuesday into Wesnesday and the last of the garden has been brought in, the brush has been burned, and the first batch of fall leaves raked and swept. Enjoy your warmth, Dora.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

savvydating - Which day is your birthday? I'd like to acknowledge it when it rolls around each year. Wishing you well in all respects, for you are respected, always.


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savvydating 13 months ago

How kind you are, Perspycacious. Thank you for the kind words. My birthday is Nov. 3rd. :)


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

Yep, photos too!

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