I’ve been slacking off with my blogging again and I’m going to at least partially blame it on the beautiful weather we’ve still been enjoying, at least considering that we’re halfway through November. Maybe my memory is just so terrible that I forget the weather from year to year, but this year seems warmer than usual for this time. And I’ll take it!
This lengthened stretch of favorable weather has added more adventure time to our calendar. We were able to squeeze in a nice fall mountain hike in hotter temps than we anticipated, took an extra post-Labor Day camping trip, and even managed to make a second trip to Acadia National Park for the year, thanks to an old friend’s wedding.
A few weeks ago we took an entire day to just drive around and check out the foliage and scenery. We stopped at a few sites we hadn’t been to before and took time to stop and take pictures along the way whenever we thought we found a good spot for it. It was wonderful! No schedule, no real plan, just the family and a full tank of gas in the car. Of course, no weekend trip would be complete without some good food, so we stopped at a wonderful brick oven buffet spot.
Many people have a favorite season but I’m not sure I can pick. Even winter holds a special place in my heart. If I had to choose, I think I would have to pick autumn. The colors on the trees are beautiful, fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere, and the air is so crisp it feels like your lungs are waking up.
Another thing we’ve been making into a tradition of sorts is apple picking. Unfortunately, we only got to go once this year, but it was great! Picking apples is so fun and can be done very quickly, if necessary. The orchard also makes a great place for picture taking so don’t forget the camera. I like to make a few pots of applesauce and a pie or crisp of course!
In New England, we know what is coming our way soon. Just around the corner is snow, ice, and months of freezing temperatures. Let’s make the most of what we have left of fall!
And then this evening, I was reminded of another season that is now upon us – the holiday season. This time of year means many different things to different people. It means many things to me also but tonight, above all else, it reminded me to be thankful.
I went into Walmart to grab a few things and they already have an angel tree up with Christmas requests from area children. There were many requests from youngsters wanting the newest video game or superhero toy, but another one caught my eye. A fourteen-year-old had requested a set of flannel sheets. Many tags had a second choice ‘or’ option, but this one did not. All this boy wanted was a set of warm, new, clean sheets. Presumably, he also needed them. It made me wonder what his home life is even like. Does he have enough food? Does he have clothes that fit?
We all have struggles. I dare you to show me someone with a perfect life. It’s easy to get caught up in our own problems. But it can always be worse, and we don’t know the things those around us are dealing with.
This holiday season, and every day: be thankful, be giving, be kind.