Happy Thanksgiving

This year the Thanksgiving holiday falls on October 9th. In Canada, We observe Thanksgiving the second week of October. This is much earlier than in the United States, but the climate is generally colder ! Many Canadians have the experience of celebrating twice  – in October, then in November with Our  American neighbours.
Thanksgiving offers the opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Reflect on this. Gratitude creates a key which unlocks the doors of healing and prosperity. Replace stress with peace, worry with joy, and sadness with laughter.  Make a list of ten things You                love.  Focus on this list.  Add to this list each day. We spend far too much time focusing on problems and worries.
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Thanksgiving is a great time to get together with family and friends for a fantastic              meal. The fall scenery in Alberta is exquisite. Many people make it a point to get away for the weekend one last time before winter sets in.  Each Thanksgiving I am invited to two different dinners. I am fortunate, indeed.
This year I plan to start My Christmas shopping early. I say this every year, but this time really mean it. Blogging holds a  person accountable !!!  In addition to this, I have         prepared a list of projects I intend to complete this autumn.
  • I will prune all of the trees in My yard.
  • I will clean out My garage.
  • I will organize the storage area in My basement.
  • I will phone friends I have been meaning to phone.
  • I will reorganize My filing system and sort through paperwork.
  • I will read a new book a week.

Taking time out to spend time with family and friends is not a foolish luxury. It is an important way to build family unity and community involvement. Too often We rush about, never taking time to do the things we love to do. Time out on a holiday weekend gives us the opportunity to rest and rejuvinate. This is an essential part of the healing process.. Too often, We are so caught up in responsibilities, We neglect Our health and well being. We choose work over relaxation, material wealth over family, never questioning our strategies. This approach purchases a one way ticket to disease, anxiety, and debt. Remember to have some fun.

  • Listen To Your favorite music.
  • Read a book .
  • Go for a walk.
  • Rake leaves.
  • Spend time outdoors gardening.
  • Cycle on Your bike.
  • Hang out at the library
  • Spend time with a pet.
  • Start a scrapbook.
  • Learn a new langauge
  • Sign up for a course.
  • Play a musical instrument.
  • Watch a favourite movie.fairveiw oct 2008 036Visit a friend.Make a list of all of Your favourite activities. Keep this list handy. When  You are dealing with anxiety or depression, look at this list, and choose an activity or project. Often a  project may provide focus for thought and worry.  All of this thought and worry can be transmuted into a creative channel. See this as an opportunity for self expression. Start a journal and record Your thoughts, feelings and impressions.

 

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Celebrate Autumn.

Autumn is My favourite season. The  vivid rich colours, the fresh crisp air, the first frost – I love the fall.  The pumpkin is wonderful signal that autumn has arrived. One of My personal fall traditions is to prepare a pumpkin soup. The first step in this project is to shop for the perfect organic pumpkin. Once I have accomplished this, I scrape out the seeds and pulp. Starting at the top of the pumpkin, I carve out a circle which will serve as a lid when I place the pumpkin in the oven later on. The seeds may be saved to roast, too. prepare a vegetable broth, comprised of celery, onions, and carrots. I prepare the broth in a pot, in advance. Seasonings are added. When the oven preheated at about 300 degrees, I complete the final steps of My recipe – I add the soup stock to the empty carved out pumpkin, At this point, I may elect to add extra ingredients –  green beans, tomatoes, and brown  rice. When this is complete, I place My carved pumpkin lid back on the pumpkin, placing it in the oven, usually for about two hours. When the pumpkin is ready to be served, the actual pumpkin will be soft. It may be scooped out with the soup.

Five Health Benefits Of the Pumpkin

1. Beta Carotene
2. Vitamin A
3. Vitamin C
4. Potassium
5. Fiber

Homemade soup is another fantastic way to introduce more vegetables into Your diet. Create Your own recipes, with what ever You have on hand. Add an assortment of fresh organic produce. Some of My favorite ingredients include potatoes, cabbage, onions, and carrots. Rice, pasta, or barley may be added in.

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In Alberta, autumn is a time of year when residents plan and prepare for the winter months ahead. Motorists install winter tires because winter driving is hazardous. Home owners install insulation and seal drafts around doors and windows. People everywhere stock up with extra quilts and blankets. In Edmonton, where I live, the first heavy snow fall could occur as early as October. In Canada, We celebrate Thanksgiving in October. This year Thanksgiving falls on October 9th. Although there were snow flurries earlier in September in northwest Alberta, and the mountain parks, central Alberta is now warm and mild.
Despite the approaching winter, many people love autumn. We still have leaves to rake, as trees are pruned, and soil in overturned in gardens. Most of My Clients report a better quality of sleep at this time of year. As the hours of sunlight decrease, nature signals a need to hibernate. October is a wonderful time to catch up on reading. Spending an afternoon or evening with a good book is My idea of luxury.

The rituals of fall continue leading up to Halloween. People love to decorate their personal space. Yards,living room windows, and front entrance receive make overs for the event! I love walking down the street a few days before Halloween to see how friends and neighbors have decorated the front door areas.