Mid- October and Thanksgiving is here.
Where did summer go? I hear you- what summer?
It seems we have gone from having the fireplace on to…having the fireplace on.
Wasn't it Canada Day last week?
Walking around the neighbourhood I see pumpkins on doorsteps and autumnal Mum plants in containers next to front doors. There are corn stalks and bales of straw on verandahs and porches. Fallen leaves are everywhere, waiting to be raked or sucked up by a lawn vacuum. Just think, in a couple of months there’s a good probability that snow will return!
The poor folks in Calgary and northern Manitoba have already seen that white stuff.
There have been slippery roads, snow-covered trees and assholes on snowmobiles with only a few inches of snow on lawns and fields.
Some days, I hear the Canadian Geese flapping their wings overhead. When it's a quiet you can hear the "swoosh" of their wings as they honk and pass by overhead.
Flower gardens are being put to bed. I hate that task. My back hates it too!
Lawn ornaments and garden gnomes are put back on shelves in garages and garden sheds, to doze away the cool days and cold nights that lie ahead.
Ponds are drained.
Eave troughs on our homes- clogged with colourful leaves, need to be cleaned out.
There's wood to pile alongside the garage for colder days and nights ahead.
The best part of Thanksgiving is the aroma of turkey and ham, pumpkin pie and roasting apples wafting from the kitchen. We take the easy way out. Tom and I have our Thanksgiving dinner at the Casino. Lots of food and no cleanup afterwards.
Does it get any better?
Those who want to tag along with us are more than welcome. If not, we go it alone.
In our home, a fireplace once again becomes the centrepiece. We sit next to it in a favourite wing chair, reading a book or thumbing through a magazine or maybe just to take a much-needed snooze. I love to take a long walk near the lake or through a nearby conservation area on a crisp sunny day. It’s fun to make a brisk morning visit to the farmer's market for a special Jack-O-Lantern that will be carved with care and placed in a front window or on a verandah railing.
Of course our friends, family members and neighours wish us the best of the season and we are all "thankful" for small pleasures found in this troubled world of ours today. There's thoughts of loved ones who are no longer sharing our table but always share and hold a special place in our heart.
Here's to a great Holiday. A Happy, Joyous Thanksgiving.
Peace. Love. Being together. Good times. Smiles and hearty Laughter.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.