The Beauty of Fall Celebrations….

The Fall season is upon us, and school is back in session. (Hurray!)

I always think of this season as a time for fresh beginnings. It’s also the time for regional events, which are always unique and interesting. Here are a few in the U.S. you might want to explore.

  • The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Croton-on-Hudson, New York – The celebration of the Jack O’Lantern is a full swing party here! There are more than 7,000 pumpkins carved by the artisans at the Van Cortland Manor displayed on the grounds of the stately home. This goes on through November.
  • Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival, Shakopee, Minnesota – this annual event runs through Halloween. There are music events, pumpkin sculptures, art installations, and the not to be missed, corn maze. The largest in the state!
  • Autumn at the Arboretum, Dallas, Tx – This event has a Pumpkin Village and gardens full of fall decorations. You can also visit A tasteful Place which is their food, herb, and vegetable garden. Plus, live bands. This exciting event runs through November 1st.
  • The North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival, Whiteville, North Carolina – Here we have everything from musical entertainment to craft vendors, a fun run, in the town known as the top producer of pecans in the state. The festival runs the weekend of November 5-6.

Wherever you live, you can find wonderful activities to celebrate fall my favorite season.

How are you and your family celebrating Fall? Please share your comments below.

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The Beauty of … Honeybees by @JosieRiviera

Have you ever thought about honeybees and what they do? It’s so much more than simply making honey, although creating delicious nectar is special.

Bees play a major role in everything from our food to cotton supplies. A full 70% of the world’s agriculture depends on bees to transfer pollen and help fertilize the plants. If bees were to become extinct, the impact would be felt on everything from the food supply, cotton production, to the global economy.

What can we do to protect bees and save the world?

  • Buy local honey. It supports the beekeepers and helps them to have more hives, with more bees to pollinate the crops.
  • Plant bee-friendly plants such as morning glories, sunflowers, clover, lavender, and phlox.
  • Have a bee bath. A simple dish with water and a place for the bees to sit as they drink the water.
  • Avoid pesticides in your garden.

Be kind to these beautiful little creatures and they will be kind to us.

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The Beauty of a Fresh Start @josieriviera, #mgtab

There are three times a year that seem like natural times for a fresh start. New Year’s, Spring, and Fall.

On January 1st you have a new planner with blank pages, and an entire year to reach your goals and dreams. It’s always exciting to think about what can be accomplished in the 365 days that lie ahead.

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” Brad Paisley.

When Spring arrives, and he days get longer, we think about planting our garden, watching it grow, and enjoying the beauty of nature as it blossoms.

“The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” Harriet Ann Jacobs

And finally, Fall arrives. The weather cools and the days become shorter. As children return to school, we look forward to completing the goals we have set all year while preparing for the winter ahead.

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” Victoria Erickson

We can have a fresh start today. Set new goals, and let’s all move forward together.

What changes do you want to see in your life? Please leave your comments below.

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The Beauty of … being thankful. @josieriviera, #mgtab

November is such a special time each year. The cool crisp air and shorter days bring us to a time where we can slow down. Relax a little. And be thankful for what we have.

This year of 2020 has been both a different and a difficult one. We have seen “unprecedented times,” and tragic situations, but there also have been blessings.

Here are a few:

  • We have come to realize how essential the essential workers who have continued to do their jobs during the pandemic really are. From grocery store workers to the hospital staff, and the agriculture and transportation workers who keep the country running, I am thankful.
  • For healthcare workers who have cared for patients and stood in for their patients’ families when they could not be there, I am thankful.
  • Bringing food to the elderly or singing to the lonely neighbor isolated in their homes, for those who have shown kindness, I am thankful.
  • For the animal shelters who cared for, fostered or adopted pets during this time, I am thankful.

I’m also thankful for my readers who continue to enjoy my books and support me!

Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving full of everything you are thankful for.

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