Dear Reader: I hope I find all in good cheer. November is almost gone and today we celebrate Thanksgiving. If you like me; find yourself with a bit of time, while the food is ready and the relatives arrive; then I invite you for a quick read.. go grab a cuppa, sit back and chill for a bit. Enjoy!
Weather has changed to cooler days and colder nights. Samhain, our beautiful celebration has passed and here we are, at almost at the end of November. Autumn although late this year, it’s finally felt with is windy days, and preparations for the approaching holidays . Thanksgiving the holiday that marks the onslaught holiday shopping madness, brings for a short while at least, a sort of respite before the rush.
Although Thanksgiving is not a celebration that requires us to spend a lot of money, and is not as much publicized as it predecessor Halloween or its follower Christmas, it does require for us to put our “chef” cap and think of ways of cooking a diversity of dishes that are not only enjoyable, but also money and time savers. Some, who might have company during Thanksgiving celebration, have as well to prepare their homes to receive guests (be it family or friends) plus various other activities that are part of the family routine. To keep sane during these last months of the year, we have to strive and find “me” time. Even if squeezed in the early morning before everyone gets up to start the day or at night, when everyone else has retired for day. It requires a bit of strategy thinking on your part, but it can be done. Think of it as a “must” have time-off for yourself, remember your sanity depends on it, if you are to survive the “holiday” season.
THE MAGIC OF THE SEASON
Yes, we are still in the season of Autumn, no matter what advertisers want to make us think with their “winter-like” backgrounds and stores filled to the brim with Winter items and holiday cheer.
Autumn IS a very magical time of the year. Leaves change color, mornings are filled with a crispy sort of air. Days are starting to grow shorter and shorter and we can enjoy hot drinks in the comfort of home. It is a time that invites reflections on the past months. Where we are at this point of our lives, what we achieved so far.
If you like taking walks in the park or around your neighborhood, this is a good time to collect acorns, pine cones and dry leaves fallen from near by trees. I have many things I made when my sons were toddlers and others I made for myself through out the years. For me, it signifies not only shared memories but a bit of Autumn that I got to keep through things I made with the items collected from nature through out the years.
I refuse to get into the Yule/Christmas-y sort of mood at this time of year. I want to enjoy Autumn, to be able to appreciate the changes from hot weather to suddenly cold, is like only yesterday I was wearing summer-y, light clothing and today a sweater! (which happens to be true where I live) this is why I cherish these short-lived days. I am a coffee lover and in between I cheat on coffee with my love of tea.. This time of year I can enjoy both, with my morning coffee and afternoon tea time. Baking is as well and important part of my life. My waistline may not appreciate it, but my well-being depends on it! Baking is like therapy to me, and I enjoy this as well during the Autumn days. Now I can see as well the fruits of my labor on my balcony potted garden. Autumn flowers are in bloom, no longer do they drip listlessly from all that blustery summer sun, now they show their beautiful lush leaves and newly sprung buds or flowers. So dear reader; ask yourself what is not to like about Autumn?
As I am winding down preparing to close this week’s newsletter, I wonder dear reader, where might you find yourself while you read my musings? Are you perchance a traveler of the wide roads, taking a deserved break in a far from home Diner, sitting at a booth, with smart phone or lap computer at hand, while you sip a cup of coffee? Are you a housewife, taking a few minutes respite perhaps in your room, with your feet up, resting on near-by chair? Are you a single parent, struggling to make ends meet, grateful of a few minutes break? A student or a teacher? Nurse, or nurturer? Whomever you are, and wherever you might find yourself at this moment, I want to say thank you for reading this humble offering, for taking the time to read through it. Perhaps I might leave you with a smile on your face, a thought in your mind. If I have, then my job is done for the moment. I give thanks for that and for you. I wish you a beautiful Thanksgiving, may it be filled with laughter, good food, good companionship. Whether a dinner of one or many.
Until I write again,
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