Posted in Memories

My Favorite Things About #Autumn #Fall

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As My Thoughts Come To Me

It’s my favorite time of year. Cool mornings and gentle warm afternoons. It’s that harvest time to gather and celebrate our crops. Pumpkins are clearly a favorite feast of mine. I grew up enjoying the leaves falling and raking them up. Then jumping into a pile of them. I enjoy the smell of burning leaves. Campfires and roasting marshmallows. Making s’mores. Wearing hooded sweatshirts and even watching football games. We get ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving as well. The dry leaves crunching under my feet.

It is such a joy to watch the leaves change their colors. Tasting all things pumpkin flavored. Driving out to Michigan every year to visit my dad and go apple picking while taking a Fall color tour along the lake front up near Traverse City. Planting mums and pansies and admiring their beauty. Tasting apple cider donuts with a delicious hot cup of coffee, which tastes better in the Autumn for some reason.

Snuggling under warm blankets. Wearing my skull caps. Baking more treats. More crockpot and casserole meals. My favorite TV shows air again in the Fall. So many things to list.

October is my favorite month for many reasons. I look forward to it every year. I was married in October. We are celebrating our sixth anniversary soon. But I really love Autumn so much. The smell of cherry wood burning in a fireplace. My father’s birthday is in October as well as my best friend David and my sister-in-law April.

My favorite holiday of the year is full of ghosts and goblins. Things that go bump in the night. There are decorations everywhere. Neighbor’s turn their front yards into creepy cemeteries. New scary movies to watch. I love monster movies or anything terrifying can make a great popcorn flick!

Dressing up for Halloween is exciting. Pretending to be someone or something else is truly fun and can only be experienced when the moon is full and the fall time arrives. What will I dress up as this year? You’ll have to wait and see. Candy corn is yummy! Waiting in line to go through haunted houses and corn mazes. Telling ghost stories by candle light. Apple butter, fresh bread and homemade chili.

Enjoy all of the music, parties and all of that good stuff happening this time of year!

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Posted in Therapy

To Be Thankful

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To be thankful

I am not just grateful for turkey
I am thankful for these things:
For mom and dad for raising me well
For you teaching me how to ride a bicycle
For helping me with my homework
For showing me the difference between right and wrong
For always being patient with me when I was acting difficult
For providing guidance by taking me to church
For helping me stay physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight
Thanks to the Boy Scouts
For my sister because she is a wonderful person
For her ability to put up with my strange ways
For all the trees we climbed and the bikes we rode
For the tickle fights and drawing on each other’s backs before going bowling on Saturdays
For Saturday morning cartoons…those were the days
For all of those great birthday parties at Funway, Showbiz Pizza and the movies
For all of the sports I was in like swimming and track
For playing baseball as a catcher all those years and even winning trophies
For receiving my high school diploma and a college degree
For all of the support and encouragement from my family
For making good friends and being a great listener as well
For my excellent health condition
For the numerous vacations I have been on
For my love and passion for music and what it has done for me over the years
For the gift of writing
For McDonalds even when they screw up my order because it’s an American tradition
For late night conversations with friends
For good talks with my dad that I will never forget
For bike rides and talks with my grandpa
For photographs and memories
For magnificent sunrises and sunsets
For all of the laughter I have enjoyed
For rainy weather (yes that’s right) because it washes the dirt away
For the hopeful promise of tomorrow
For modern medicine and surgery improving my quality of life
For eventually meeting the girl of my dreams; my wife named Denielle
For the tremendous joy and wonderful experiences we have enjoyed so far
This year is a special year to really reflect and give thanks to everyone for never giving up on me for love outshining the bad for life to go on
I am so thankful for having a solid job with benefits
Having a nice new apartment to live in
And truly being part of a wonderful and blessed family.