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Counting My Blessings

Counting My Blessings

As much as I enjoy Halloween, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving Day. Celebrating it on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is great time to reflect on the good in our lives and in the world. It is the holiday when families and friends large and small get together to share the joy of being with one another. Millions will travel miles to get back home. While the meal and football is at the core of the day, it is being together that makes it truly special.

I hope we can all pause to reflect on what makes Thanksgiving Day special. I am most grateful for:

- I survived a cerebral aneurysm in 1987 while jogging. 25 years later I am still “ticking”. In July I had a mild heart attack – the only health issue since the first. At this rate, I am good to go until 2037. Or so I hope. Health is everything and I am grateful for may good fortune.

- Generosity. We saw it after Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina and more recently after Sandy. Time and time again Mother Nature can throw indescribable destruction our way. But it pales by comparison to the outpouring of generosity we see over and over again. Americans have written the book on giving back. Years after the Haitian earthquake missionaries continue their work to rebuild where little stood before. Thanks to the Red Cross and all the organization helping to rebuild after Sandy.

- I am grateful for my family. My dad, Ray Geiger, passed away on April 1, 221994. But, my mother is still vibrantly alive. She maintains a house, drives and shows me true generosity as she approaches her 91st birthday.

- I have a job. Many aren’t so lucky. I am grateful not only for my job but for all the people who make the Farmers’ Almanac a national treasure. I am also co-owner of Geiger a 5th generation family business . Many of us spend almost as much time with our co-workers than with family. This “work family” is critical to our health and wellness. Here is a healthy and improved work environment and economy in 2013.

- A shared meal. This holiday is a wonderful opportunity to share food and warm memories with each other. If you cook a little too much turkey this year, be sure to search turkey recipes on our web site for some tasty recipes and ways to use up this Thanksgiving tradition.

What does Thanksgiving mean to you. How will you spend the day and what are you grateful for? Enjoy time together no matter where you live.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.