Another November, another opportunity to express the compulsive part of my OCD affliction.

I don’t know if I’ve written here before, and I’m too unmotivated to go check, but I have the “Pure O” variety of OCD.

I’ve done this every November since 2010.

Obviously, the middle part of that sequence was rather tumultuous, but I finally feel like I can really just focus on relaxing writing.

This year’s writing, however, is going to be a bit different than it has been.

My November (and I really hate putting it that way…if I’m here, and you’re here, doesn’t it make it our November, Mr. Hand?)

But doing this every day helps keep me focused on what’s to come.

National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
1048 AM EDT Wed Nov 1 2023

District of Columbia-Washington-Frederick MD-Carroll-
Northern Baltimore-Cecil-Southern Baltimore-Prince Georges-
Anne Arundel-Charles-St. Marys-Calvert-Northwest Montgomery-
Central and Southeast Montgomery-Northwest Howard-
Central and Southeast Howard-Northwest Harford-Southeast Harford-
Frederick VA-Warren-Clarke-Nelson-Albemarle-Greene-Madison-
Arlington/Falls Church/Alexandria-Stafford-Spotsylvania-
King George-Northern Fauquier-Southern Fauquier-Western Loudoun-
Eastern Loudoun-Northwest Prince William-
Central and Southeast Prince William/Manassas/Manassas Park-
Including the cities of Washington, Hagerstown, Frederick,
Ballenger Creek, Eldersburg, Westminster, Reisterstown,
Cockeysville, Elkton, Baltimore, Bowie, Suitland-Silver Hill,
Clinton, College Park, Greenbelt, Laurel, Camp Springs,
Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Severn, South Gate, Severna Park, Arnold,
Odenton, St. Charles, Waldorf, Lexington Park, California,
Chesapeake Beach, Huntingtown, Dunkirk, North Beach, Lusby,
Prince Frederick, Germantown, Damascus, Bethesda, Rockville,
Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Lisbon, Columbia, Ellicott City,
Jarrettsville, Aberdeen, Winchester, Front Royal, Berryville,
Lovingston, Charlottesville, Stanardsville, Madison, Orange,
Gordonsville, Culpeper, Reston, Herndon, Annandale, Centreville,
Chantilly, McLean, Franconia, Arlington, Alexandria,
Falls Church, Falmouth, Fredericksburg, Dahlgren, Warrenton,
Turnbull, Purcellville, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Haymarket,
Dale City, Manassas, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Montclair, Paw Paw,
Martinsburg, Charles Town, and Shepherdstown
1048 AM EDT Wed Nov 1 2023


* WHAT...Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 26 expected.

* WHERE...Portions of central, north central, northeast, northern
  and southern Maryland, The District of Columbia, central,
  northern and northwest Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West

* WHEN...From 11 PM this evening to 10 AM EDT Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other
  sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor


Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent
freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should
be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have
in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-
ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

So tonight’s the night it gets really cold for the first time.

Thanksgiving dinner ordered and paid for from a local restaurant. Travel to see family up next. Events scheduled. Any day now, there might be snow flying.

I’m ready.

But can I do the stuff I’ve planned to do, and relax some?

It’s going to be difficult. On the other hand, I suppose I could be in a much worse situation.

I shouldn’t think that way.

Takes commitment to change that way of thinking. So, too, does doing things like avoiding worty dirds. I was listening to Based Politics earlier today, and Hannah was talking about how she doesn’t watch her mouth.

I’ve put forth an effort, lately, to clean up my language. Not because I think that there’s anything inherently wrong, but I worry (part of the myriad mental issues?) that doing so reduces your message’s effectiveness.

So the writing is just another thing I can do to improve myself.

Maybe there’ll be something to give thanks for towards the end of the month. Maybe, not.

But I’m going to try.

And we’re off…..