Well, here we are once again into the fall season. While we look out at the beautiful changes in our town and all the wonderful colors in the trees and shrubs, plus all the birds flying around enjoying the cooler air, it brings to mind that the holiday season is here.
My neighbors have started decorating for Halloween with bright shining decorations in the yard and on their doors. Having had a full knee replacement recently, I am limited on what I can do this fall with decorating. It is a joy seeing as we drive to my physical therapist and other doctor visits all of the decorations as well as the lovely God-given decorations in our community.
With the cooler weather comes the thoughts of different meals from what we have during the hot summer months. Already, Thomas has suggested chili and soups with cornbread as well as pot roast. So I guess most of us are thinking along the same lines.
Cooking is indeed an art. My mother didn’t like to cook and my stepfather was a picky eater so she managed to learn to fix what he liked. You knew what day of the week it was by what was on the table for dinner.
I fell into the love of good food while living overseas and made a point of learning to cook. I made a real effort to learn the foods of the places I lived so that my family would enjoy coming to the table. I took many classes while I had the chance to learn about foods I had never eaten or seen before. I found it a joy to cook from scratch, which turned out to be a good thing as my oldest son had many allergies. Now we have Food Network and the Cooking Channel so we can learn sitting in our own homes. Much easier and much cheaper!
We had wonderful times sitting around our table and talking about our days and plans. We made a point of requiring our children to be home for dinner. Sundays were always a special meal and we used our china and they learned their table manners and how to set the table. Each of my children took to cooking, including my sons. Their wives have thanked me many times for teaching them to cook and basic skills such as doing laundry and ironing. I wonder if families still take time to sit down to dinner together with so many activities for the children and working outside of the home. Everyone always talks about having no time and being too busy to cook. I know the local restaurants sure stay busy so I guess families are too busy.
Just a note to remind you that we have really nice shops in our town for shopping for the holidays, one of which is the gift shop at the Arts and Heritage Center that will be open every Saturday in December until Christmas. Holiday Open House and Artisans Market, in partnership with Beta Sigma Phi’s Tour of Homes, will be Dec. 7-8 at the Arts and Heritage Center.
Upcoming exhibits and events at the arts center include: Nov. 4, the Augusta Photography Festival, free closing reception from 3 to 4 p.m.; and the North Augusta Artist Guild exhibit Nov. 12 to Dec. 28.
Don’t forget to stop and view the Artist of the Month at the arts center, The Beveled Edge, the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the North Augusta Family Y, Jim Bush Flowers, Quality Printing and in
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Remember, keep a smile on your face and art in your life. A world without art is just, eh!