Lists from The Swamp: 10 reasons I love autumn

  1. Even before autumn starts I love seeing the leaves on the trees fade and grow tired. It signals to me that the hell that is summer is almost over.
  2. I can enjoy the sunny days without being overheated.
  3. The local food scene in Maple Ridge is to die for! Lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and meat.
  4. The crunch of leaves under my feet.
  5. Watching the trees turn brilliant colours. Where I live, we have lots of blueberry farms and the bushes turn brilliant shades of purple and blue.
  6. The cold bite of the air in the morning.
  7. Temperatures going down to single digits so we can ditch the air conditioner for the year.
  8. After a long summer break, new movies and music are released.
  9. The first smell of someone burning wood in their fireplace.
  10. THANKSGIVING!!! My favourite of the turkey holidays.

What is your favourite season and why? I love autumn and spring the most. Winter comes in third; I loathe summer.

Things I love about Autumn

It is no secret that autumn is the favourite season for most of us here at the Swamp – both human and canine. So here in no particular order is my list of things I love about autumn:

  1. It is no longer hot nor is it cold yet. The temperature is usually just right that you can wear a light jacket.
  2. It is cool enough to wear scarves and hats – my new found fashion accessories.
  3. Our bed is hard when I get into it. We have a memory foam bed that gets very soft in the summer. When we have the door open in our bedroom the bed is actually so cold it is hard. I like this feeling.
  4. The pillows are colder when I flip them over.
  5. The dogs can go out and run and not get overheated and pant for hours.
  6. We can turn off the A/C and rely on cold air from outside to sleep comfortably.
  7. Having our outside bedroom door open all night means I get to see the mountains in the morning. This makes me very happy.
  8. I can use a heating pad all night without getting over heated.
  9. I adore Thanksgiving. I love making the turkey. It is my favourite statutory holiday. It is about celebrating things that are important to us without the baggage of the holiday season.

10. I love snuggling down into the bed with all the blankets pull tight around me.

11. I love the feeling of warm socks and shoes.

12. I love looking at the hordes of birds that land on the fences and telephone wires.

13. I love the hunkering down feeling I get as we move away from light foods to more comfort foods like homemade soup.

14. I love the colours. The trees here turn such lovely, brilliant colours. Every piece of vegetation is beautiful as it dies.

15. I no longer feel oppressed by the weather.

What about all of you? What are your favourite things about the changing of the season?

Zoe and Gemma Joy’s First Thanksgiving!

Every time a new dog enters our lives we celebrate their ‘firsts.’ Their first roast beef dinner, their first chicken dinner etc. Holidays are no exceptions. We generally fast the dogs on turkey days so they do not get sick. This year was no different.

Zoe and Gemma waiting for turkey dinner
Zoe and Gemma waiting for turkey dinner

In this pic you can see the bandage on Zoe’s abcessed paw. We also found out why one of her eyes is smaller than the other. Apparently she is blind in her right eye and it is quite noticeably smaller than her other eye.

Notice how her right eye is smaller than the left.
Notice how her right eye is smaller than the left.

The vet thinks that she was injured and it was never treated which is why she is now blind in that eye and it is significantly smaller. I hate hearing this kind of thing. I can’t stand to see her in pain because of her foot. Even though we were doing a big Thanksgiving dinner and had a guest coming I ran her into Vancouver to the vet so she could get some relief. The thought of our precious Gemma and Zoe living outside, having litter after litter of puppies, being injured and not getting proper vet care is horrifying. We can’t do anything about their pasts but we can sure as hell make sure that they have a great life! I think I will adopt an idea that my friend Heather had – we will make Thanksgiving Zoe’s birthday. The vet said she was 9 or 10, so today is Zoe’s 9th birthday. Zoe will go in for a dental on Wednesday, she will have her foot drained and an ear flushed. She will be good as new! The best news was that her heart and lungs were good and she does not have mammary tumors – always a worry with former puppy mill dogs, actually in any dog that has not been spayed.

So, back to the topic of this post. This is what they were waiting for:

Thanksgiving turkey 2009
Thanksgiving turkey 2009

We had our usual turkey from Hopcott Premium Meats – who also donated 50 pounds of ground beef to the not for profit where I work. Their beef is awesome and all their meat is high quality without all the hormones and antibiotics. If you are ever out in Pitt Meadows drop in and see them. They also have great, in season, local vegetables, preserves and other things in the store.

Thanksgiving 2009 was a great success! Deb made every kind of vegetable possible: squash, candied yams, carrots, green beans, brussel sprouts, turnip, parsnips, mashed potatoes and we had homemade stuffing too! We had our friend ME over and enjoyed lively, informative conversation. Oh and the dogs? Well the dogs ate their body weight in turkey and vegetables. None of them went to bed hungry!

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays. It is one of the few without religious overtones. I love the idea of taking time to be thankful for what you have in your life. Telling people how much you value them is a cathartic act as it makes us grateful for what we have rather than always looking for what we don’t. I think we are all richer when we take a moment, appreciate it and value it. I know that I have done that this weekend and I feel refreshed and rejuvenated for the week ahead with a better attitude.