October 5, 2015

Have you picked up everything you need for any gatherings you have this Thanksgiving weekend?  The turkey, the vegetables, cranberries, the pumpkin pie and of course the whip cream?  Or are you taking it easy and just enjoying a long weekend away from work?  Whatever you are doing, stop and think about a few things that you may be thankful for.  Your health, good friends, a close family, or even a roof over your head?  There are so many things that we take for granted that it’s nice to stop every once in a while and remember how lucky we do have it.

The pumpkins are all ready for picking, and decorating.  I’ve seen several places that you can pick up all sizes, Harris’ Farm, Barrie Hill Farms, a private family on George Johnston Road have them for sale in their front yard too as you drive down the highway.  I found it interesting to see one of the grocery stores with small “drills” for carving the pumpkins.  I had to laugh because I usually find one of my biggest kitchen knives and carve the pumpkin top in a way that makes me wonder if I’m going to slip, miss and end up in Emerg with a knive sticking out of my hand, arm or stomach.  I may have to take a closer look at one of those drills I think.

I’m sure there will be a lot of travel around the province to visit family, attend special functions, fall fairs (Elmvale has one this weekend), and for those students are making their first trip home from school, I hope every travels safely and leaves plenty of time for heavy traffic.  For those students who have been cooking on their own and living off of Kraft Dinner and grilled cheese sandwiches, I’m sure they will be digging out the Tupperware containers for care packages full of left overs.

There isn’t a whole lot going on in the village lately but I do know that hunting season is approaching so if you are out walking, be sure to wear plenty of bright colours (preferably bright orange) and also look into protecting your pets with bright coloured collars or vests as well.  We want everyone to enjoy nature safely.

Until next time enjoy time with family and remember to take the gizzards out of your turkey before you cook it!

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