Our fall seasonal change here in the Finger Lakes was punctuated with many days of rain, overcast skies, and days of waiting for the sun to dry the grass just enough so one could mow the lawn between showers. I took a picture of our neighborhood which for me summed up how things have progressed through November for those of us who live near Canandaigua, NY. The color of fall leaves was not specular this year. Due to all of the rain, the leaves slowly lost their green color and then turned yellow. Then the rains came and seemed to wash off the faded leaves. My next- door neighbor has spent most of his working life building homes, so I regard him as our resident weather expert. About two weeks ago, he put up his snow fence – a sure sign that that winter is just around the corner.
It was on the first weekend of November that Jeanette and I drove to Binghamton to attend a family memorial service. We have not made our usual trips to Binghamton for almost three years due to the Covid 19 pandemic. It was an emotional weekend as we tried to reunite with as many of our Binghamton friends and relatives as time permitted. On our way home, we stopped at the Endicott Cider Mill for some of their wonderful donuts and tasty apple cider. It was here at this place about 25 years ago that Jeanette and I attended the Cider Mill Playhouse which is part of this historic site on our first date.
We want to wish all of our readers a HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Despite all of this fall’s trials and challenges, it is time to return thanks for the many blessings that we have received this year.