The meaning of Thanksgiving …

I want to wish everyone I know (and don’t know) a happy Thanksgiving. I know that there are those out there who are down on the day because it “disrespects” one culture or another, but if you really look at why the season occurred, you might understand it more. a.) the pilgrims had survived b.) they had befriended some of the locals who shared their food with one and other and c.) even though it was many years and a (once better) government later it was put on the calendars as a holiday.  It was a day to reflect on all that has happened to us during the year. The good and the bad, and to count our blessings for that which has been good while thinking about what we could improve upon to make the next year even better. Sure people pig out on this day. Sure they tend to sit around the TV and scream obscenities at it when their team isn’t winner, but it is a time for family, and thankfulness. So I say again to you all, Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. Have a great day!

Calling Halloween a bust this year.

Yeah, I give up. I really enjoy dressing up in costumes and the like, but this year I can’t find ANYTHING to make the costume I wanted to wear. Nor can I afford to purchase one. We have no costume shops in the area I currently reside in. it is over 100 + miles to the nearest mall and that is not saying much because the nearest mall has a small Penny’s, Herbergers and lost their Kmart. The most you can hope for is western wear which is what everyone wears so it isn’t really a costume. I wanted to go as something other than the traditional witch, vampire, “sexy” what have you, or ghost. And my application of elf ears never works. So this year I am breaking tradition (and my heart) and not going to dress up. I will do a little decoration in the window, but it isn’t the same. For me this is the beginning of the end of my fun and so to the season I bid you an early ado and fond fair-thee-well. I mean why bother when no one else cares enough to at least try to make the day fun.

Ahhh… the nuts are gathering the squirrels er or the other way around!

The first real sign that the weather is changing. Are the nuts gathering the squirrels or is it the other way around? I just happened to look out the door and saw this little guy trying to get at the bird feeders. When I went outside, he (or she) looked up and stood there for a moment before scurrying up the tree the first time then through our fence the second time. Mom has one that steals the bell shaped bird seed by actually undoing the wire she uses to tie it into the tree!  She has lost 3 so far and found one by the road, the wire still attached but neatly unwound where it had been tied to the tree branch!

Cleaning up what was dropped.

Cleaning up what was dropped.

Up the pole we go

Up the pole we go

Decision time

Decision time

Battling the winds!

Battling the winds!

 

The start of my fall musings.

The leaves are just starting to change to yellow. Today was cold and ugly out. My husband went out into the garden and came back saying my tomato  plants are actually still producing tiny green tomatoes. So far he has counted about 5. I didn’t go out today because it seems I have a pinched nerve in my hip. The last time this happened in was in my teens! Decided on Blueberry sour-cream pancakes today. As usual I asked our friend to join us but he was in Aberdeen so didn’t make it. <Sigh> At least I got a little rest. Working on sewing this next two weeks, and maybe an apple pie or two. If they turn out I will post photos.

Autumn

My favorite time of year, or at least one of them. When the leaves seem to catch fire, as the air becomes crisp, not only when you breathe it in, but when it touches you as well. The smell of fire places being lit for the first time all season. Kids are heading back to school and parents are happy that they don’t have to worry about them from 8 – 3:30 At least in some states/towns. Sweaters are being brought out to be aired out, long pants, tights, boots, and long sleeved shirts. Straw hats are being replaced by those styles with flaps, or woven from wool. Soon the final harvest is complete and pumpkins are being displayed. Children (and adults) will be going out in costumes, to have fun, trick-or-treating and sharing laughs. Ah, my kind of fun and a great beginning, of a new year!