March Newsletter

In the month of March we see the beginnings of spring!  During the cold winter months the ground is frozen and there is no growth and with March arriving this brings about a thaw which allows new life to grow.  The trees start to blossom, tiny green shoots sprout up from the ground, and birds and other little critters begin to venture out.  I love this time of the year with the sweet smells of the grasses and the sounds of buzzing bees going for the nectar of all the little budding flowers.  

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January Newsletter

January is the beginning of the year and many of us make new resolutions or new goals for the year with the high hopes of accomplishing everything we set out to do by the end of the year.  In the Earth’s northern hemisphere we are experiencing cold, windy, rainy and snowy weather whereas the southern hemisphere is having summer weather with sunshine, warmth and flowers galore.  I do enjoy the changing of the seasons, the gray days with chilly rain and thunderstorms, and the inky dark night skies dotted with zillions of stars.  These kinds of days make me feel like I just want to curl up in front of the fire, read a good book and sip a wonderfully aromatic cup of tea!  What do you like to do during January winters or January summers?

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November Newsletter

November is a month that is filled with many special days.  Some interesting facts: in the month of November the United States observes Native American Indian Heritage, International Family Caregivers Month, American Diabetes Awareness, and Lung Cancer Awareness.  Celebrations are: The Day of the Dead on November 1-2 (a tradition originally of Mexico), All Saints Day on November 1st, All Souls Day on November 2nd, Remembrance Day (Canada) and Veterans Day both celebrated on November 11, and Thanksgiving which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. 

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October 2015

The month of October is one of my most favorite months of the year.  It might be because I was born in October and I love the season of autumn.  Feeling the fresh cool air blowing on my face after the summer heat is so refreshing.  I also enjoy the colors of the leaves on the trees changing from green to reds, oranges, and golds, and then to brown. Most late afternoons a gentle breeze blows these leaves around until they finally come to rest on the ground. When I was a child I would watch the leaves swirling around in the wind and thinking to myself how fun it must be to just swirl around in  the wind! Soon children will be choosing their Halloween costumes to wear and picking out their favorite candy that will be given out on Halloween Eve. Happy Hallo’s Eve to you!

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September 2015

We are now having our wonderful Indian Summer days of early September where the sun warms your face and the cool breezes blow the leaves off the trees! If you happen to get up early enough in the morning you will see a glimpse of the moon in the east and the sun beginning to shine in the west.  This is my favorite time of the year. 

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August 2015

August is a hectic month since many schools are starting their fall semester, and parents are scrambling to get their kids ready for school. Teachers are feeling the crunch too as their summer vacation is coming to a fast close and the stress of new kids and new challenges for the year are hanging over their heads!!!

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July 2015

For me the month of July is filled with wacky but fun holidays like National Blueberry Month, National Grilling Month, National Picnic Month and National Hot Dog Month.  The most familiar holidays of July are: July 1st Canada Day, July 2nd World UFO Day, July 4th Independence Day (US), and July 30th International Day of Friendship. Many of us like to celebrate these special days with parades, picnics and fireworks. There is nothing more exhilarating then watching the fireworks display, hearing the boom-boom explosion of gun powder, and seeing the vibrant colors splashed all over the night-time sky.  Another favorite on July evenings is the summer concert in the park on Friday nights.  Everyone brings a blanket and a picnic supper to share with others while listening and dancing to great music under the stars.  Summer time is a fun time for all ages!

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June 2015

June is such a happy time!  Summer Solstice occurs on June 21st which is the longest day of the year.  Children are enjoying their summer vacation from school and moms are packing up for the annual summer camping trips.  The gardens are filled with baby plants with little flowering buds and bees happily buzzing about them.  Fruit is starting to ripen on the trees and everyone is anxiously waiting to eat the succulent treats.  I wish you all a happy summer!!!

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May 2015

The month of May always reminds me of beautiful flowers, fields of rainbow colored flowers, blowing in the breeze for as far as your eyes can see.  The first day of May is called “Beltane" or "May Day”, where young maidens dance around a May Pole decorated with ribbons and flowers in celebration of fertility.

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April 2015

I love the April showers that occur.  The trees open their branches and lift them up to the sky to drink in the rain.  The roses are blooming and they are so full and beautiful and sweet smelling. The fruit trees are starting to bud and as these buds open the tiny pink and white tiny flowers have bees buzzing all around them.

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March 2015

Happy Spring to all of you!  Are you finding that after all the winter snow, icy rains,  and being kept inside all day, that you desire some sunshine and outdoor gardening this month?  I am finding this too that my mind and body want to get outside and smell the flowers, get my hands muddy and listen to the birds sing.

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December 2014

The month of December is a busy one with many holidays of Multicultural Celebrations:  Ramadan (Muslim),  Eid al-Fitr (Muslim),  Saint Nicholas Day (Christian),  Eid'ul-Adha (Muslim),  Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican),  St. Lucia Day (Swedish),  Hanukkah (Jewish),  Christmas Day (Christian), Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian),  Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish),  Kwanzaa (African American),and  Omisoka (Japanese)

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October 2014

I love October which is my birthday month!  The weather has already changed from hot and humid to windy and cool. The owls fly at night looking for prey and hoot until the early morning dawns. Our “time rolls back” to Standard time which I enjoy because I like to watch the sun set from my kitchen window, that  golden hour brings such warmth into my kitchen. The children are preparing their Halloween costumes wondering if “witches” really do ride their brooms this night.  The little “trick or treaters” come to my door in their costumes and make up and I love to guess who they are while they make sure I give them the candies they adore.

 

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September 2014

Welcome September! This is always my favorite time of year when summer comes

to a close and autumn begins. The fall colors of the leaves of rusts, gold and reds along with the cool breezes blowing the leaves around makes me happy. Children are now starting their new term in school making new friends. High School football games brings back memories of sipping hot cocoa, with warm fuzzy blankets on our laps and those cheery bonfires after the games.  I can just smell all those wonderful “smells” of autumn and feel the cool breezes blowing around me. I welcome autumn!

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August, 2014

August brings about the end of summer vacations for many families.  Young adults are excited about college and scrambling to schedule their classes, shop for their dorm or apartment furnishings while moms are sad to see their “adult” children leave home. Many younger children are not happy about school starting in late August because they feel there will be no more summer fun of lazy days! I enjoy the August’s evenings as the nights are getting darker earlier and I can see the brilliant stars. In early August the “meteor shower of Perseid” puts on a brilliant display of dancing stars across the sky. This is the link with all the information on where to view and when to see in your area: http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/perseid.html

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July 2014

July is a very special month of celebrations all around the world. Many countries celebrate their Independence Day, Constitution Day, Unity Day as well as Family Day.  Weddings and birthdays are also big celebration in July for families getting together and having reunions. Summer is very magical with its hot steamy days, and the “golden hour” at sunset.

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June 2014

June is a wonderful time of year; school is out for the summer and play time is in. Vegetable gardens and fruit trees are presenting delicious fruits and vegetable to eat and share with others.

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May 2014

May, is such a joyful time of year where gardens are in full bloom, Mother’s Day occurs and children are finishing up their school year anticipating summer fun.

May has brought about changes for me too, in “letting go of the old and bringing in the new!”  I decided to have a “new look and feel” to my website

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