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Heartwarming Small-Town Romances and Thrilling Mysteries

I love this time of year. It’s such a happy season and people seem to be in a better mood than usual. It’s what we need, especially this year. The day of giving thanks set the stage for the season of giving. The Christmas spirit makes its entrance and cheers everyone up. Opportunities to donate to the less fortunate are everywhere, on angel trees, food drives, Toys for Tots, and donation boxes. Be generous if you can and share the joy.

Last Saturday, Hubby went bike riding, and I drove the support vehicle. He rode on the Mickelson Trail so he wasn’t in traffic, but it had been a long time since he’d been biking, and he wanted someone there in case he bonked. I didn’t mind supporting him. It was a warm, sunny day, perfect for getting outside.

While we were driving to the drop-off spot, we passed a lot of families out in the forest cutting their Christmas trees. I didn’t count how many cars and trucks went by with trees on or in them, but there were a lot. They all had orange permit tags wrapped around them. When I worked for the Forest Service, I was in charge of the Christmas tree permit program for our district. It was fun seeing them again, but I’m glad I don’t have to audit sales anymore. I always hated auditing.

Watching all those vehicles with trees on them made me happy. We got pictures from our son and his family getting their tree today. Tonight many families are decorating those trees and having a ball while doing it. There will be lots of laughter and smiles. Pictures will be taken. Kids will be getting excited about Santa coming. It brings back memories of when my children were young.

Hubby took off on his bike, and I drove to the next trailhead to wait for him. I took a walk, read a book, and napped until he got there. The air was fresh, and the sunshine was warm. When he came, he was doing fine so off he went while I drove on to the next spot. And thus we continued for most of the day. I got a lot of reading done while he wore himself out.

The day reminded me that while I’m an indoor enthusiast, it’s nice to get outside sometimes. There’s a great big sky up there and a great big earth under our feet. We all need to touch the ground and look up at the sky every once in a while, like I said in my 2019 blog about touching the earth. Those simple things really are rejuvenating.

Enjoy the season!

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