A Favorite Christmas Pastime

Image may contain: one or more peopleAh yes, Christmas Eve is almost here. Everyone is just finishing the shopping and schools are getting ready to close. There are families who are getting ready to have the famous annual family dinner. Everyone has their favorite pastime, mine involves a certain story. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has been told over and over again from movies to plays to music the story of Ebenezer Scrooge still lives on.

Image may contain: 3 people, people smilingThe story of an old miser who hates Christmas having the epiphany over one night after being visited by four spirits. The first one Jacob Marley his business partner in life who was just as bad as him. Jacob comes to warn him of the forthcoming spirits and his the importance of changing his ways. The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge hist past. This is the first time we are introduced to a happy Ebenezer who found love and life with the holiday of Christmas but lost it through his own fault. The Ghost of Christmas Presents shows Scrooge the plight of his employee Bob Cratchit’s family. Through him seeing the Cratchit’s he meets Tiny Tim becoming distraught upon hearing that he will die if he is not cured. From there on he is shown his only living relative Fred happily celebrating and raising a glass to his health. Then the dreaded Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come arrives. He shows Scrooge the consequences of his actions. Tiny Tim has died leaving a miserable Bob Cratchit. No one, not even his nephew Fred who continued to meet with Scrooge cared. No one cared that he died in the doom and gloom of the Christmas season.

Image may contain: one or more peopleOnly after these visits does Scrooge wake up donating to the poor and singing Christmas carols to the shock of his neighbors. He makes a surprise visit to his nephew Fred where he is warmly welcomed. Finally, he helps Bob Cratchit and his family with the finances for Tiny Tim. In the end, Tiny Tim does not die as the book clearly states leaving to a happy Scrooge and the world around him.

Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoorThere are reason’s A Christmas Carol lives on with us today. There are those who think it is because the rich and poor coming together. There are those who believe it comes from one man’s journey to finding the true meaning of the holiday season. Then, there are those who like a good spooky story. Then there are those who love watching the Muppet’s sing and dance in the popular 1992 film a Muppet’s Christmas Carol. The film adaptations and plays have added their own spin on the popular book.

For me, reading A Christmas Carol before going to bed is on Christmas Eve is something I love. I curl up in my bed before starting to watch 90’s Nickelodeon Christmas specials and read the book. It is not too long, in fact A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken’s is just the length for a quick read before Christmas morn. Being reminded of the importance of the holiday season comes from this book as it transformed the way we look at Christmas many years ago.

Gone with the Holiday Season

No automatic alt text available.A week from tomorrow is Christmas day. A week from tonight families all over will be gathering for special dinners, going to church and children to bed anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa Clause. The malls and department stores are filled with last minute shoppers grabbing last minute things for preparation.

The month of December is one that is filled with joy and excitement. However, like many others, I find it hard to find time for myself to rest and relax. I had blog posts planned to post, but the time got away from me. Alas, December is filled with rushing around that can lead to stress. Between the decorating and finding the perfect Christmas tree to getting the gifts and baking the cookies December is one hectic month.

As 2018 closes for good, a new year approaches. December is ending with holiday cheer. Hopefully, come January, things will go back to what they once were. December is a month filled with joy and delight combined with stress and rushing around. Never the less, the holidays are almost over at the end of the year.

Pearl Harbor

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Yesterday marked seventy-seven years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. On December 7th, 1941 the United States was attacked launching the country into World War II. Years have passed since the Japanese surprise attack and the United States has since made their peace with Japan. Never the less, December 7th, 1941 is a day where many men died.

Thanksgiving Thoughts

IMG_9596.JPGThis past Thursday in United States the annual holiday of Thanksgiving was held. Family and friends from all around gathered to enjoy a feast with: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, turnip, and pumpkin. Others, like me, got up early in the morning to watch the Macy’s Day Parade in their pajamas on the couch. But, Thanksgiving is about more than food and a parade. It is about being thankful.

IMG_9595.JPGThink about all that you have in your life that others don’t. Do you have a roof over your head? Food on the table? Do you have a place to lay your head at night with heat? The meaning of Thanksgiving is being thankful for what we have. There are many people around the world who do not have these things. There are people who are living here in the United States who have to worry about where their next meal comes from. There are those who have to live pay check to pay check just to make sure they have a roof over their head at night. Just today I saw an article online where they talked about states with the highest homeless population. Some of these places like Washington D.C. and New York face frigid temperatures below zero in the winter. Other places like Hawaii and California face relentless heatwaves in the summer.

IMG_9805.JPGIn this digital age sometimes it is hard to remember that we already have enough. Think about it for a minute. Think about the fact that when our grandparents were growing up they didn’t have a television in their house. When my parents were growing up there was no such thing as computers. And lets face it, the usage of block where you can make phone calls, watch television, keep up with social media, and take videos on only came out a little over a decade ago. I can remember being a teenager with texting charges being a problem among my classmates who blew up their parents phone bill. I can remember having a iPod and a flip phone. There was no way I could listen to a watch a video, let alone listen to a song, without getting charged. In other words, unlike teenagers today, I couldn’t do either of those things without my allowance taking a hit.

IMG_9600.JPGAll in all, Thanksgiving is a day where unplugging happens. There is so much more to be thankful for that we tend to lose sight of it with technology. Technology that is really brand new to this day in age. Being thankful on Thanksgiving is a time to remember what we have, rather than what we do have.

Veteran’s Day

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To all those who served, THANK YOU! These two words are not enough for those who served in the armed forces to protect this great nation. I am forever thankful to those who served, and those who are serving. Happy Veteran’s Day to you for your sacrifice for keeping America safe and the free country it is today.

Happy Halloween

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Spooks, frights, and candy delights!! All across America children are getting dressed up as adults prepare to hand out candy. Trick or Treater’s will be arriving soon where I live. All dressed up and ready to go while watching my favorite Halloween movies Halloween (of course) and Hocus Pocus ready to see celebrate this festive holiday! Happy Halloween!!!

Pumpkin vs. Apple

IMG_6705.JPGPumpkin and apple are my favorite flavors of all time. However, where I am from, Connecticut everything apple flavored tends to stay out all year round making pumpkin flavor a once a year festivity. Always around this time of year the memes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram show up asking which one is better apple or pumpkin. To me both of them are equal, so I did a little research on both apples and pumpkins about their nutritious values and why they should be enjoyed year round rather than the Fall.

IMG_6691.JPGPumpkins are bright orange squash that pop up this time of year. A fun festivity is going out buying the best pumpkin you can find and carving a jack-o-lantern. Many houses have pumpkins out on display as a fall decoration. But, pumpkins are good for you, in a healthy way. Loaded with Vitamin A, this squash can help with your vision and boost your immune system with Vitamin C. Another value of pumpkins is younger looking skin that can help protect your skin from UV rays by using the pulp the make a face mask. Pumpkins can also help with cancer prevention and treating diabetes. You can read more on the pumpkin benefits here: https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/6-surprising-health-benefits-of-pumpkin#1

IMG_6702.JPGFor apples they tend to stick out here in New England all year round. I almost never have trouble finding apple cider in the Spring, Summer, and Winter when I want a glass. Not to mention, apple picking is a fun fall activity where you can find all different types of apples to make your favorite treats like pies and cobblers. But, apples have nutritional value that adds to a positive healthy diet. Free from fat, sodium, and cholesterol apples contain fiber that can help with digestion and loaded with Vitamin C. Not only that they contain Boron that helps protect the bones and Quercetin on the skin to help protect brain cells. To add to this, they have nutrients that are linked to helping prevent diseases like diabetes and lung cancer. To read more on apples click on this link: https://www.stemilt.com/health-nutrition/apple-health-nutrition/

IMG_6696.JPGThere is so much more to apples and pumpkins that they should be enjoyed year round. They are more than just fall treats and flavorings that we add to coffee and tea. Apples and pumpkins are real healthy treats that I enjoy all year round. This doesn’t mean that I stock up on all things pumpkin and apple during the fall for the rest of the year. But, I never hesitate to look for them during other seasons either.

Authors disclaimer: Please note that I am not a licensed nutritionist, medical professional, and/or doctor. The facts that I found are based on internet research. If you have any questions about these health facts please contact your physician and/or nutritionist.

October Musings

IMG_6691.JPGOctober is my most favorite month of the year. Fall is my favorite season and Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I can never get enough of October. Today, I made an apple pie for the first time from scratch, crust and all with help from pinterest. Pumpkins are all over for decorations. Pumpkin is my favorite flavoring, I take it all year round ask anyone who knows me. But, the month of October will soon be gone.

IMG_6840.JPGThe festivities that come with October are celebrate all over. Not only do we celebrate Halloween at the very end of the month, but we enjoy corn mazes, apple picking and bonfires. Yes, some of these things do start in September and go into November, but it seems October is the month that starts it all. The fairs are already in full swing, as they start in September and by the time October rolls around there are more subtle amusements, before the holiday season hits.

IMG_6823.JPGOctober, for me, means the calm before the storm. It is the month when the leaves start to fully change. A time to slow down before the hectic holidays come. October is the month where you can wear sandals and sweatshirts at the same time. There is nothing more enjoyable to me than the month of October all over.

Visiting Childhood

IMG_8988.JPGA couple of weeks ago my family took a small vacation to places in Maine that we haven’t been to in a LONG time. Returning to these spots brought back memories from my childhood as we had talked about heading up there for so long. In fact, we don’t think we have been up that way in ten years. This trip brought back memories as we made our way through Maine.

IMG_8983.JPGAll along the way we stopped at spots from my childhood. One of the places was L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine where the big hiking boot is. Another place was a book store in Damariscota a couple of hours away. The bookstore was a frequent place where we stopped because there was no wifi, internet and next to no cable, so we were up there with no connection to the outside world. Although, the books were pretty overpriced it seemed right to buy a couple of books there as they are still up and running while competed with Amazon and the Kindles.

IMG_8979.JPGHowever, quite possibly the most anticipated spot was Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro, Maine. This is the same restaurant that we would end up eating at every single night we were there. In fact, we even had the same waitress from the last time we were there. She didn’t recognize us, but the food and service was still the same. The one part of the menu we all had to look forward to was their pie. Eating each slice of pie brought back little pieces of my memory from childhood. If you are ever in the area, I would suggest going to Moody’s as place to stop.

IMG_8987.JPGAll in all, the point of this blog post is simply about getaways like this being relaxing. Up in Maine, there were no worries we had to concern ourselves with. The only part we had to worry about was having a good time and relaxing. Yes, the times did change with the usage of cell phones and internet. But, the place still remained the same with their stores as it did many years ago.

Authors note: I do plan on posting a photo of the Giant L.L. Bean boot, but am having some problems with downloading.

9/11 Remembrance

September 11 Tribute

Photo from: https://hollywoodlife.com/2017/09/11/celebrities-911-anniversary-2017-tributes-september-11/

On September 11, 2001 is a day the United States of America will never forget. A group of cowardly terrorists attacked innocent civilians going about their lives by hijacking four airplanes. They flew two planes into the World Trade Centers, one into the Pentagon, and on one the plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania because the passengers fought back. There were firemen and policemen who rushed into the burning building to save the victims from burning buildings giving their lives in the end. All over America there were memorials and moment’s of silence for those who passed away.