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Giving Thanks
November 25, 2019

Blessings to you.

The temperatures have actually been close to seasonal for this time of year.

This weekend temperatures were in the low 40's (F.), and we were blessed with a few hours of sunshine.

Sunshine becomes a rare commodity this time of year, as colder air temperatures cross the warmer waters of the Great Lakes,
creating lake affect clouds that can linger for days.

The next month has a few appointments on the schedule.

For me, a dentist apt., my yearly physical, Karen's eye apt., and a few others.

Thankfully, nothing for Yolanda, except for miner repairs on her wheelchair.

Brandy has yet, another ear infection.

She is on new ear drops, and a vet appointment this afternoon (Monday).

Other than that, all is well.

This week, we celebrate 'Thanksgiving' in America.

Out Friends in Canada celebrate their Day of Thanks the second Monday of October.

So many of you have two Thanksgivings to celebrate.

This week, I will share a few things we are thankful for.

I hope that you too can take the time.

Make a list of the things you are truly thankful for.

Thank your God.

There are so many people that have very little.

Maybe send something there way.

I adore Black-capped chickadees.

They are my favorite backyard bird.

Some readers may not know this about chickadees and other birds.

They have the capability to weigh the seed before they attempt to crack it open and eat what is inside.

For chickadees this is vital, especially this time of year and through the winter as days grows shorter and colder.

You notice that chickadees will find a seed and then fly off to a nearby tree or shrub and then work the seed over to retrieve the high energy food within.

Because they are so busy flying back and forth (while many birds remain at the feeders) using vital energy, it is paramount that they find a seed worth the effort.

In cold weather, all wildlife consumes more energy to stay warm.

Do you notice a lack of feeder action right now?

Especially when it is above freezing, and the ground is bare.

Me too, on the most part.


This time of year many migrating birds have left for warmer grounds.

Though I do have some robins still (pictured above just last week).

Notice these two foraging in the leaf litter.

However, our stay at home birds and the birds that have migrated to your area have found 'Nature's' bounty.

Birds are very busy feeding in fields and woodlands where 'Nature' has left for them a plethora of food.

Besides seeds and berries, there are insect eggs and dormant insects to find.

Not to worry, your birds will return as long as you offer them a good choice of food.

Not cheap stuff, but what they prefer.

For now, even the House sparrows are few at my feeders.

Remember to offer 'Fresh Water' as well.

I wasn't quite sure what to write on this week,

Being Thanksgiving week in the United States of America, I thought and felt it would be good to mention some things I am thankful for.

Maybe getting you to thinking, and thanking as well.

Thank our soldiers, firefighters and police officers.

Our medical personnel,the privilege we still have to vote.

Thank the farmers that help feed you.

Give Thanks for family and friends.

That you have a roof over your head, and a warm meal (many don't).

Be thankful for the little chickadees and the joy they bring.

For all the birds you enjoy.

Don't forget the furry creatures.

The changing of the seasons.

Thank all of Nature for the joy it provides.

As you can see, the list is almost endless.

Give Thanks Daily.

Give Thanks and Blessings to our 'Creator'.

God knows he is good.

God knows He is great.

He likes to hear that from us as we thank and praise Him.

Giving thanks when we don't feel like it, or feel we have nothing to be thankful for or to give.

If you don't have a moment to give, then make a moment.

Step away from the computer.

Turn off the TV.

Even when you don't feel like it, be thankful to God for who He is and what He has given to you.

When you least feel like it, is when you need to offer praise and thanksgiving the most.

That is a sacrifice that he will always welcome.

Is that to much?

After all...............

He gave you life.

He gave you Jesus.

Well, it's time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."

Oprah Winfrey

"We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction."

H.A. Ironside

Bonus, a double dip.

From the word of God.

"I will offer thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord."

Psalms: 116:17

"For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer."

1 Timothy 4:4-5

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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