Hey Pumpkin!


If there is any time of year that things are looking “merry and bright” it’s mid November.

Fall is quickly fading and the holidays are right around the corner. The colored leaves and pumpkins will be replaced with colored lights and Christmas greens and the busyness and craziness begins.

Family, food, parties and gifts, it’s all a whirlwind of fun from thanksgiving to Christmas and New Years.

Then we are just left with that mid January “after party crash”. All the family and friends are gone along with our extra cash. And with the short dark winter days it can be easy to feel a little blue.

This year be one step ahead of the after holiday, winter blues. Plan now for some fun inexpensive (since you won’t have any money left after the holidays) things to do. But make it things you will look forward to and enjoy. Depending on where you live maybe you want to drive to the mountains and enjoy some snowy scenes or maybe you live in the mountains and want a day in the city. If you live where it’s bitter cold maybe you want to catch a cheap flight to somewhere warm for a few days. And for even easier things try a local play or concert, try a new restaurant every weekend. Try making a new recipe together with someone you love once a week. Take a class, get involved in something new in your community.

I know I am being a pessimist by talking about “after the holidays” when they are just getting started but you will thank me later when you are enjoying that weekend getaway hiking the snowy mountain trails or sitting in a fancy coffee shop in the city instead of sitting at home in the dark at 5pm sulking. Your welcome!




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I am a small town farm girl who has become passionate about challenging myself and others to live authentic lives. Pure and simple and real. I draw inspiration from everything, everywhere, but living on a beautiful farm nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania brings it's own inspiration. I have written skits, plays, poems and curriculum for children's programs as well as Bible study guides and children's books. I currently write for "The Valley Newspaper" in my quant hometown. You won't hit city traffic and there won't be much noise other than the clip clop of horses' hooves as you pass a Pennsylvania Dutch buggy. As a wife and mother of three teenagers, I have been taught great lessons in love, forgiveness and acceptance by the school of life. I find my favorite cathedrals aren't like St. Peter's Basilica in Rome but the woods, full of tall pines, changing maples and calming streams. Philippians 2:4 "Let each of you look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."

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