It’s easy to feel festive, creative, and fun at the end of the year, with the lights, music, food, friends, and holidays stacked like dominoes from October through January first.
Come January second, though… the weather is iffy, it’s time to take down (and store!) all the holiday decorations (and find a place to take the Christmas tree before needles find their way into every corner of the house), and it feels like we need something to get us through till Daylight Saving Time. (March 12, by the way. Just 8 weeks away. We can do this!)
Do you remember your first trip to the Public Library? That little thrill of having your very own library card, which was the key you could use to unlock the world? As Active Adults, we can feel that same thrill of discovery, whether we visit the physical Public Library, access titles online, or simply conduct a Google search for the topic we wish to learn more about.
The baking aisle is hopping this month, as people celebrate Cookie Cutter Week (the first week of December), and prepare for Cookie Exchange Week (December 19-23) – and let’s not forget Gingerbread House Day (this weekend – December 10).
Wait – you weren’t aware of these sweet holidays and observances? Well then, surely you have sent out your Recipe Greetings (the first full week of December) when, instead of traditional cards, you send recipes to friends and loved ones.
Turkey: check! Mashed potatoes and gravy: check! Pumpkin pie: check! Wine pairings: check! Bottle of water: ch… wait, what?
Thursday is the official start of the Holiday Season, which means lots of food, parties and gatherings, travel, and disrupted routines… all of which lead to forgetting to drink water, and that can take a toll on everything from our sleep patterns, ability to focus, mood, and more.
Yes, you read that right – stress-free Thanksgiving. If you are hosting in your new home this year, consider these tips from the experts at TheKitchn.com:
1. Find your serving platters, bowls, and utensils – as well as the festive wine glasses, water goblets, and other specialty dinnerware – this week, so you can clean it, and evaluate what might need a refresh (as in, purchasing something new).
While every day of the year has at least a handful of holidays or observances, celebrating gratitude is a great way to work toward Thanksgiving, giving us a sugar-down period after October, as well as time to put our priorities in order for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the New Year.
30-Day Gratitude Challenge
Getting started with the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge is easy. You may choose to do it for yourself, with your family, with friends and neighbors, or with an organization you belong to.
We all talk about our “Dream Home” from time to time, in terms of location, features, and “must-haves.”
At Windsong, listening to what home buyers are dreaming about - and delivering the home they’ve imagined - is our superpower.
Football. Sweaters. Fires in the fireplace. A nice bowl of chili. A good book.
After the hectic activity of Spring and Summer, Fall offers an opportunity for respite, cocooning, and connecting over activities and events that occur indoors.
This first full week of October is Great Books Week, so it’s the perfect time to launch or rekindle (no pun intended!) your community Book Club, perhaps with one of these titles, written by and about Boomers:
We may not be sure how to dress for the weather each day: it’s chilly when we wake up, sweater-weather as we run errands, then downright sweltering after lunch.
But if there’s one thing we do know how to do well in Georgia, it’s celebrate Fall with flair!
It’s the month of Oktoberfest, with festivities across the state. And if you’d prefer to stay closer to home, check out these ghost tours and corn mazes!
You know you’re living your best life when you hear its World Gratitude Day (September 21) and you think, “Hmmm… I’m grateful to be living my best life in my dream home where I have some truly great neighbors.” And then – lo and behold – exactly one week later you hear its National Good Neighbor Day (September 28) and you think, “Cool! Those neighbors I was grateful for last week have a day to remind me just how good they are!”