Friday, October 10, 2008

Thankfulness


Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
It' been another year of blessings.

The nip in the air reminds us that summer is gone.

We need to just stop, look and observe those around us.

For the last few days I have had the privilege of
working with Elections Canada.
My role was to help all the patients in the hospital
cast an advanced poll prior to Elections, October 14.
This opportunity has not only opened my eyes to health issues
that people are facing,
but has taught me to be thankful for a healthy clear mind.
Many days I could of lost it....
But it was so good to come home, put up my feet
and encourage those around my table to be thankful.

Life cannot be taken for granted.
We live moment by moment and it's just a small
twist of circumstances that can change us forever.

I'm reminded to stay strong, eat nutritiously,
exercise, and keep the mind active.

Over the last weeks, I have watched our farmers
making good use of the weather.
I love looking at the "state of the art machinery."
Have you seen the New Holland Chopper?
It's massive and makes farming look like fun.

In hours it's tromped through the fields and all that's left is the stubble.
And next thing, you notice....

(click on pictures for full impact)
A huge manure spreader, comes whizzing by,
the width of the road and I turned around to look at this massive beast,
And decided, "I don't want to ever be caught behind him."
Can you read the words on this machine?
He was just ready to spread his freshly ground fertilizer over the corn fields.
We all loved the smells that filtered through the air...

The next day, I noticed our neighbor cutting his last crops.
This is a rather interesting machine.
It picks up the grass, gives it a swirl of saran wrap and
drops the large bail of grass on the ground.
All in once process.
We used to have so many machines for different operations.
One Stop, One Shop!

This is my favorite.
Did you know that we can grow wheat in the Valley?

Some young smart farmers tried something new.
Farmers are known to have innovative jeans.
We all laughed and smirked, thinking "that's impossible."

Many times my husband would ask me to join him
for a drive out to check the wheat....
As you can see, He loved picking those kernels and checking them
for their quality. Were they dry enough?

Then it happened. Out came the huge combine.
You would of thought that we lived in the prairies.
I love the smell of the freshly dried oats and look at that dust.
I'm reminded of the freshly ground wheat I use in my bread.

The combine drives up to the feed truck and empties it's kernels
and away goes the truck to the local mill.
Farming is experiencing and feeling the earth's productivity.
It looks like more sunshine for the long weekend and
I can just see the harvestors raving up their motors once again.
A little bit of frost this morning won't stop those hard working farmers.

"O, it sets my heart a clickin'
like the tickin' of a clock,
When the frost is on the pumpkin
and the fodder's in the shock."


This weekend we won't be farming.
We will join our family and travel to the lovely Island of Victoria.
My DIL will be running the Victoria Marathon and I
get to play with those little men.

Does this little guy look like a future farmer?

The harvest is coming to an end. This allows more time for reflection.
"When you think about it, everything we do shows in our daily life..."
I wonder what else shows in my life?
Is there a light shining in my eyes which is a reflection of God?

I am praying that you can all find one reason why
you could give Thanks to God our creator on Heaven and Earth.


11 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Marg. . .oh it looks like the weather will be perfect for your dils marathon. . .I'll cheer her in my heart.
    Your little grandson. . looks like he could be anything he wants to be. . so sweet.
    Oh. .the farming pictures do indeed remind us how fortunate we are to live in this land of plenty. . I do hope that the local wheat brings down feed costs. .

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  2. I'm so glad you posted all those farming pic's...I heard about the wheat & now I've seen it with my own eyes. And I'm watching that exact chopper cutting grass and blowing it into a truck across the road right this minute. Soon the fieldwork for this year will be done...we're bringing the last of our harvest home this weekend.

    You have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend on the island...and enjoy those precious little guys that are growing up way too fast! We'll be rooting for your DIL.

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  3. Such a lovely post Marg - I enjoyed reading about the framers in your area. Ours are very busy now too - although our potato crop didn't fare so well with all the rain this summer.

    I know you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family - your little grand(as Lovella says) is a sweetie!

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Marg..I appreciated your post and am reminded to be more thankful indeed! Loved all your pics and yes the wheat being combined really does look like a prairie picture. Oh and I did read what it said in the back of that 'honey wagon'...hehe

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  5. I send you my wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving with your family. I know in my heart that you treasure every blessing in your daily life.

    That little Pooh of yours is adorable. ;-)

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  6. Hi Marg

    Happy Thanksgiving! Good luck to your daughter-in-law!

    The farming photos are fascinating to this city girl. It looks like it was a very good year and that is much to be thankful for!

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrate and enjoy your family and friends! I know that you appreciate and are truly thankful for your many blessings!

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  8. happy thanksgiving to you and your family. we truly have a lot to be thankful for. what beautiful pictures. you have a little cutie in your grandson, how sweet!
    oh by the way, i wouldn't want to caught behind that truck...and the saying is true...=}

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  9. Glad to see another post! HOpe your weekend was wonderful. A bit of a rainy end I am afraid..when was your daughter-in-law's marathon, monday? Yes...we have soooo many things to be thankful for. I always start my day by listing the 'to be thankful' for items and then...suddenly all the negatives dissappear.

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving last weekend! And I know you will love Victoria! Pop in to Murchies and get some tea!

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  11. Hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! One really does need to take the time to think about all the blessings that we are surrounded by and experience each and every day! Really enjoyed this post...the wheat pictures are fabulous and your enthusiasm is a reflection of ours! Oh the excitement of watching the "experiment" grow, some blow down in the rain storms, and then lift their heads towards sunshine and a new day, and the thrill of the harvest...and then into the feedbins by day's end!...lucky chickens!!!

    You little "grandboy" is adorable and so looks like your family...so fun!

    ....and in reflecting on your elections task...thank you for assisting the vulnerable, fragile and ill persons exercise their right to vote!

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