The cold is about to hit us. It was a great run with the warm weather. Now the trees are losing their leaves and the raking begins. I know the leaves have been down for some time but with this latest wind storm they really fell.

Happy Birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to John Chandler and Mylena Silva who celebrated Nov. 14; Richard Worley, Nov. 15; Christopher Barbosa, Madeline Delaive Tweedly and Brooke Ward, Nov. 16; Alazandra Navarrete, Nov. 18; and to Harvey Proctor, who celebrated his day Nov. 19.

Here we are one week away from Thanksgiving. Half of the meat section at the Stop & Shop is filled with turkeys. The aisle across from that is filled with the ingredients to make pies, cookies, cheesecakes, etc. So, let the cooking begin. I have a feeling that with all that is going on there will be a lot of baked goods flowing between now and Christmas. Maybe even a cookie war.

So, Christmas reality is coming as we received the poinsettias and Christmas trees this week. We have had some greens, and the wreaths are being made, so now all we need is snow.

Sunday I was out and decided that I would take a ride through town to see what was going on. I was pleasantly surprised to see many stores open and people wandering around. It has been a long time that town was busy this time of year. The harbor was quiet, but the water was beautiful and of course the birds were flying. I always have to remind myself that we live in such a special place and have such beauty around us.

Thanksgiving will be different this year. But however you spend it I wish you a good day. We do have things to be thankful for. And, as always, please remember the service men and women who are away from their families so we can be safe.

Have great week and keep the home candles burning.