Count your blessings

Chilling down right? Yard art is put away, you’ve been raking leaves and pine needles for days. Heat is on (did you remember to change your furnace filter from all the smoke we had?), and the fireplace is crackling.

I’m more of a fan of Thanksgiving than Halloween. Thanksgiving is all about family, blessings to be grateful for, and remembering those we love who cannot be at the table.

I absolutely love the smell of our Angus Brands turkey slow cooking in the oven mixed with the pumpkin perfume of nutmeg and cinnamon spices. I don’t think there’s another holiday that measures up to the level of what our senses enjoy more. Talk about a real “foodie” day!

And isn’t it cool when the first snowflakes fall on that night? The kids get so excited! November is cozy, warm, with quiet days and nights. This is the time of year I really have a hard time getting out of my warm and perfect pillowed bed in the dark morning; especially for 7:00 am workouts at the gym (gotta work off that bird!).

Since our girls’ families are 3000 miles away, I find it funny when some of my friends are complaining they’re going to have 10 to 20 people for dinner. I’m thinking how lucky they are! It’s just the two of us. If I could say anything to all of you, it would be this: Embrace the ones you love; hold them close in person, on the phone, or FaceTime/Skype and overlook the minor stuff – it doesn’t matter anyway; say a prayer for those who’ve passed on that they are not forgotten. Sounds corny, but truly be grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving & bless you and your families, 

Leslie Stachecki

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