While browsing through last April’s posts, I stumbled upon this post I wrote. It’s about how New Englanders thrive in all the seasons and the extremes. It takes a strength and pereseverance to live here, to remain content while the harsh conditions can test your endurance. As winter shuts its door and welcoming spring gradually begins, I wish to share this once again.
This month of November it’s common to hear in podcasts and other media the theme of gratefulness. Thanksgiving reminds us all of what we have that we cherish…our family and friends, our health, a roof over our heads and food for meals. Although being thankful is truly what this holiday is about, I’d like to think that being grateful is my mantra every day of the year and not just the third Thursday in November!
I used to have a practice of listing five things I was grateful for. Sometimes I listed Tom and the boys. Others my job and friends were included. I listed my health more than once, for despite a few health scares I’ve always managed to stay strong and healthy. Most times I thanked God for having Tom and the boys healthy too.
I learned this habit from Oprah and did it religiously for a few years in my journals. Slowly it faded away yet I mentally go over my grateful list most days and continue to thank God for all the good in my life as well as the difficult challenges. It’s plowing steadily through those barriers that has built my character and fortitude. It comes full circle and after experiencing the rough bumps on this road of life, I am aware that the hurdles have strengthened me. I am extremely thankful for the gifts hidden along the way, for they have made me the person I am today!
Now that I’m approaching 50 this coming year and my family is raised, I have ample time to reflect. Being grateful every day doesn’t mean a joy ride or perfect circumstances but to me, it is finding special and maybe little things that can brighten my day. A kind smile or phone call from a friend or family member, feeling the rich soil of the garden and planting seeds for future days, being able to walk on both legs and cherishing serenity in nature are all things I’m thankful for.
The more I think about this the more I realize that being grateful in some way every day is the key to happiness. If you notice what you have( such as being healthy or having a beautiful family) and not dwell on what you don’t have, you’ll truly appreciate what God has gifted you. I believe everyone has something to be grateful for and if you ponder over this you can generate quite a list.
What are you grateful for? Do you reflect on this just in November or everyday of the year? The more we notice all the good things in our lives, the richer your experience will become.
I’m busy getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. Today I’m vacuuming and shampooing my rugs, generating a last minute grocery list and planning my table setting. I’m grateful that I’m able to do this at home and Tom’s sister Bev and her husband Chris are coming, as well as my youngest son Branden. Dylan and his wife Lexy will come later for dessert , so both my sons will be here together. Excitement is in the air as the big day approaches!
All My Best,
Heart and Soul 🦃
As October comes to an end
I reflect back on my past posts
of this month of years ago.
Scenes of vibrant sunsets
and changing leaves
bring back precious moments.
Carved jack-o- lanterns
and little costumes dominate
October photos of years past.
enormous bowls of gushy
flesy squash guts,
hearty laughs and crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds.
All these moments are close to my heart.
I recollect putting costumes together,
cowboys, flitting ghosts and Power Rangers
There were pumpkin buckets of candy,
crying tired kids
and a doorbell or two of neighbor trick- or- treaters,
young children who grew up
and are making a difference in this world.
I’m truly grateful for what October has blessed us with…
times of autumn days in a small town.
Family and friends
who have shared all the laughs
These are innocent
and carefree times,
I hope you all carry vivid memories in your heart, lovely times of togetherness and fun.
All My Best,
Heart and Soul ❤️😁
A memory I wish to revisit every October. The pumpkin patch. My boys when they were young. ❤️❤️❤️
Whirling winds swept crinkled leaves
here and there.
The mid day sun gleamed
as warm temperatures reached 60,
batheing me with contentment.
Teeny chickadees flitted from branch to branch
of an old gnarled
Suddenly I spied
an orange hue from the compost pile.
A radiant glow,
tangled within greens and browns,
the pumpkin vine.
Upon close investigation
the globe shaped fruit
to feed a wild belly.
Its readiness for winter.
Tom cut the rough stem
and swiftly rolled it
down the pile.
I hoped the hungry creature
would return to finish.
We harvested the green lil guy,
the squash we knew about.
No sudden surprises.
No orange color yet.
This spontaneous discovery
turned into slight disappointment,
but a fulfilling opportunity
for our visitor!
He/ she needed it more.
I am hopeful
the critter will survive the winter.
Maybe our pumpkin made a difference.
All My Best,
Heart and Soul
It’s my autumn wish to completely express my adoration of my home state, New Hampshire. Being born within its boundaries and breathing it’s fresh country air 49 years entitles me to personal experience. It’s the many years of waking up to majestic mountains and living my life with a scenic background, enough that I should pinch myself that I’m this blessed!
Many years ago Autumn stole my heart with its vibrant gold and red elegance.
Sunday afternoon Tom and I cruised the infamous Kangamangus Highway with twists and turns through the White Mountain forest. As we began our journey we were fortunate enough to trail a parade of Corvettes. Even though the day was raw and chilly in the 40’s with a whipping wind, the pleasant sun brought some heat to our enclosed car.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit our stunning state, make sure to wander up north and take a ride on the highway. Every few miles are lookouts, picnic areas, hikes and some campgrounds to vacation in a rustic scene.
Here we stopped to stretch our legs and absorb the glory of Autumn. The C.L. Graham Wangan Grounds lookout is in Lincoln. I’ve never seen as many cars and tourists crowding the area, but even so we found our tiny space to enjoy.
If scenic mountains could be royalty their elegance would sparkle within the court. Their colorful leaves resemble precious jewels, even as the glow wanes. The monumental scenery takes people’s breath away as they absorb it’s unbelievable majesty.
I’m thankful for the quality time Tom and I spent on the road. We followed the Kangamangus for a few hours towards Conway, NH. Then we stopped at a rest area bordering a brook and ate packed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.To wrap up the day, we cruised home slowly with no expectations. We had heard foliage was at a peak a week ago but even so, the colors popped here and there. It’s these Autumn days that fill my bucket overflowing!
All My Best,
Heart and Soul ❤️
This is a stunning view of Waterville Valley from the Kangamangus Highway. No more words are needed.
All My Best,
Heart and Soul