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This weekend, the weekend before Thanksgiving, I did some shopping here and there, getting ready for the holidays. Everywhere I went I left with a smile on my face because of how friendly and nice everyone was. The clerks were friendly and smiling. In the grocery store, people laughed when we bumped carts and made light conversation with strangers as we picked out or favorites for the upcoming feast. One lady and I almost collided as I left an aisle and she joked that she shouldn’t be texting while driving.

At one store, some lovely people were handing out papers asking shoppers to purchase goods on the list to help with Thanksgiving dinner for men at a shelter in town. I gladly did so and was greeted with smiles and genuine gratitude from the volunteers. People were talking to strangers about the big game that night and laughing about the cold outside while they went about their shopping. The people handing out samples of food were laughing with the customers. It was the same everywhere I went. When I picked up a prescription, the lady commented that our birthdays are both coming up in a week or so. We talked about that.

It shouldn’t seem strange or unusual, but it really kind of was. Nobody seemed in a hurry or annoyed or frustrated. Everything was moving smoothly in all places. People pointed to their cars so I could follow them to get a place, people thanked clerks, clerks thanked customers. It was nice out there, running routine errands.

I hope everyone stays this sane, this relaxed during the coming weeks. I’m going to try and do my part and make sure I shop with a smile on my face. Aren’t we supposed to enjoy the holidays? Aren’t we supposed to be shopping for people we care about and doing extra things for people who need us? Isn’t this season supposed to be fun?

Remember during the coming weeks, when you feel rushed or pressured, to slow down, relax, hum a holiday song, smile, and do what you can to make this season, no matter what holidays you celebrate, what it’s supposed to be. . .the nicest time of the year!

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We have a drought going on in Oklahoma, which made it a question of whether we would have fall colors.  Sometimes, in droughts, the leaves just dry up and fall off.  Or we have wind that blows the leaves from the trees just as they have turned.  This year, summer seemed to not want to leave.  The temperatures were warm and the leaves stayed green.  Then the calendar turned to November and the leaves had just had it.  Overnight, the colors came out.  When I went walking yesterday morning, the sun was shining through the leaves on a cloudless, still day and the colors were just incredible.  Here are some phone shots I took.  Look for the mistletoe in one of the trees.  My husband used to shoot it down for me when he was out bird hunting and loved bringing it home from his treks in the fields on those crisp fall mornings.

Tulsa…Oklahoma…

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Get out and enjoy it!

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