Wow! It's been a different past couple weeks to say the least. I guess the biggest topic around the area has been Storm Sandy. No matter where you went, the question on everyone's lips was, "Do you have electric yet?"
At our house, the electric was off for 10 days, but some people had to wait even longer for the power to come back on. Oh, the things we take for granted! How many times did we walk into a room and flip the light switch that no longer worked?
I've heard that people are like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong you are until you're put in hot water. The frustrations ran high and tempers were sometimes short, but the trials also brought out the best in people. It was good to see neighbors checking on each other and people working together to clear the trees out of roads, and to bring water or food to those in need. It's nice to know that people care.
For most, the loss of electricity was just burdensome, but for others it was devastating. Our hearts go out to the family of John Rose, who was tragically killed by a falling tree branch.
Despite the storm, many turned out for Election Day to cast their vote. Some were happy with the outcome, and some not happy at all. No matter who our leader is, I do pray for America, that we would bless God in our actions, and not just ask for God to bless us.
What's your favorite season? For some people, it's spring, with all the freshness and beauty it brings. A lot of people love summer with the hot weather and trips to the beach. I love fall, with the beautiful leaves and cooler temperatures. But, for a lot of people in West Virginia, the best season of all is starting Nov. 19: deer season!
A lot of folks love fresh tenderloin or a good batch of jerky. There will be a lot of guys and gals in the woods next week. I hope you get that trophy buck you've been waiting for, but most importantly, be careful out there and stay safe!
Thanksgiving is also fast approaching. Regardless of the storm results or even the election results, we have a lot to be thankful for. Take time to spend with those people in your life that are most important to you. We are blessed!
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Until next time: "We don't need more to be thankful for - we need to be more thankful."