Monthly Wrap Up

November Wrap-Up

MonthlyWrapUp @ UnfilteredTalesI have written this post million times in my head, usually just before falling asleep. I have finally bit the bullet and will try to put my somehow chaotic thoughts into words.

November brought me back my favourite fantasy genre. I thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by mythical creatures whilst discovering new worlds (here and here).

I also participated in the Nonfiction November – a celebration of everything nonfiction (week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4).

Nonfiction NovemberI have found some amazing blogs and will be writing a post on which nonfiction books I want to read based on all those fantastic posts from fellow bloggers I read last month.

I am an avid reader that enjoys living on different planets, solving crime mysteries, learning new skills and theories, imagining alternative words and much more.

i am a reader

Books have always been my safety blanket and I am forever grateful that there are here for me to read. With that said, I haven’t read or listened to a book for more than two weeks.

A few weeks ago, me and my family lost our beloved grandmother, whom I was very close to. I am still processing all those emotions that range from anger, sadness, grief, despair, hope etc. I am finding it hard to read right now as my attention wonders a lot and I just can not concentrate.

Side note: I’m at utter peace with not reading. I am focusing on feeling what I need to feel right now.

Before I end this post, let me tell you a little bit about the person I miss everyday.

My grandma was the type of person, who would not use heating to save money, but then she would give that money to her children and grandchildren. She taught me how to see the good in everyone, how laughter and singing can heal us and how fulfilling it is to serve others.

I lived with her during my late teenage years and learned so much about her childhood during World War II as well as our extended family history. She always cherished peanut butter as it reminded her the end of the war – when the American soldiers brought it with them whilst freeing our country.

She was my favourite person and I am so angry she had to go. I sometimes forget she is no longer with us – for example when I see something I think she would like, I immediately think ‘what a great Christmas gift this will be for her’. I sometimes think ‘I need to tell her xyz next time I talk to her’. And then I remember… Moments like these can rip our hearts open and sadness comes in another wave yet again.

I know I’m not the only one feeling a loss. Our lives are precious. I am reminding myself to let my loved ones know how much they mean to me on a regular basis.

I’m not writing this post to make you sad. I am writing it to celebrate one wonderful life that touched so many hearts.

And to let you all know how glad I am that you are here.❤️

Happy reading my friends!

24 thoughts on “November Wrap-Up”

  1. Oh, Sweetie, I am heartbroken for you and your family on your loss. There are so many conflicting feeling overwhelm us when any family member dies, and that you were so close to your grandmother just makes it’s all the more difficult. I hope you continue to sing and laugh in her memory, and relish the fond memories you do have.

    My love and hugs to you. ❤️

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      1. I know how hard it is, having lost both my parents many years ago, Vera. The range of emotions we feel is so draining. Just take good care of you, and let yourself grieve. You’re in my thoughts, Sweetie! ❤️

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  2. I am so very sorry, Vera! I know what it’s like to lose someone so precious. It never really goes away but gets better with time. The “I should do this for her/him”… turns into… a beautiful memory later. I was extremely close with my grandpa and it was very hard for me, when I lost him. It will be 6 years in February. There’s this saying, that when you see a red cardinal, it’s a loved one visiting you. Frequently, we have two red cardinals that are in our back yard, every spring and summer. I always smile and tell my self, it’s my grandpa and grandma. It is also our state bird, so there could just be a lot of them. who knows. lol! I prefer, to go with the more sentimental theory. 🙂 What I’m trying to say, take your time. A loss is tough and there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. Thinking of you and sending you lots of love. <3<3<3

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    1. What a beautiful way of thinking of your grandparents Leslie. ❤️ I am so sorry to hear about your own loss. 💕 I believe our loved ones are always with us, not just in our hearts though, also during those moments when the light shines extra brightly, when nature smiles at us at its best. Somehow that brings me also a lot of comfort. ❤️

      Thank you so much for your kind words, I really appreciate your support. 💕

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  3. Oh, Vera, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss! ❤ Losing a loved one is never easy, and I'm sending all my love to you and your family! I think it's wonderful that you chose to share some fond memories you have of your grandma, here, and hope that you'll continue to always smile upon and recall the joy she brought to your life! ❤

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  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your grandma sounds like a truly special and wonderful person. Grief is so personal, and there’s no formula or timetable. Be kind to yourself! I hope you can take comfort in knowing that your memories and all you’ve learned from your grandmother over the years will always be with you. Hugs to you.

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