The weather in June and July was nothing to celebrate, but here we are at the beginning of October, picking apples, making jam – basically getting ready for what the Farmer’s Almanac predicts will be a crappy, cold winter – and the air conditioner runs all day. Last week on the deck, the thermostat registered 38 degrees.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining. But the insects and animals are confused by the tropical temperatures. They’d better get to storing up supplies, though.

November 2017 to October 2018 … (  Precipitation and snowfall will be above normal in the east and below normal in the west, with the snowiest periods in late November, mid- and late December, and early to mid-March. April and May will be a bit cooler than normal, with near-normal precipitation.

We’ve rounded a seasonal corner. Instead of the air conditioner churning all day, we’ve turned on the furnace and changed to flannelette sheets on the bed. Ummm, so cozy. Fall wreathes are up and autumn vegetables are filling bins in the stores. In another month, we’ll be searching for the boxes of Christmas lights to hang outside.

This is a weekend to celebrate and give thanks for family, friends, health and for living in Canada.

No matter how disappointed we can get at politicians and people in power and no matter what the deficiencies in our governments, our generally polite, unassuming country is the best place to be right now.

We are truly grateful for all we have.