Easing the shock of yet another month all but concluded, I rejoice in a glance back at my October Offerings joining Heather Gerwing as she hosts a monthly feature called, Share Four Somethings, where writers share the fourth Saturday of each month something in each of four categories from the previous month.
The four categories remain the same, something loved, something read or heard, something treasured, and something ahead. The premise delights me, falling right in line with my one word 2021 journey with joy; especially my recent joy lesson learned. Looking back over the previous month through these four categories helps me linger with joy, and ignites my gratitude.
A unique and utterly delightful experience at Meadowbrooke Farms, in Carlisle, PA, easily headlines my “Share Four Somethings” for October! Known far and wide for their unique gourds, their story is even more unique. The owner started his whole operation from two seeds, which he found by accident!
After falling in love with the gooseneck gourds he came across on a visit to New England, he decided to try his luck growing them in Central, Pa. A huge hit, with folks, he cultivated large fields only to learn other farmers in the area did likewise.
Knowing crops rot in the field over the winter if not harvested and sold, he watched his new fettish end as fast as it started. But he quickly learned of the special quality of gooseneck gourds: instead of rotting, they harden like wood.
A craftsman at heart, and trained carpenter, the gourds provided him with a creative outlet over the winter months, which blossomed into an amazing and beautiful shop. In addition to their gorgeous gourds, they grow fields of sunflowers in various colors. One of their fun fall events is their sunflower festival, where you roam the field and cut your own sunflowers for FREE!! What’s not to love???
For my Something Read contribution to the October Offerings of Share Four Somethings, heading to the Gretna Theater in Mt. Gretna, PA thrilled me in more ways than one. Attending the “Nevermore” live presentation on a chilly October evening found me wandering through the quaint village of Mt. Gretna after dark randomly encountering characters from Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous stories, “reading” provocative scenes, stepping out of the dark on porches, stairs and dark pathways.
We delighted in actors in full dress portraying bizarre scenes from The Tell Tale Heart, Fall Of The House of Usher, The Black Cat, A Predicament, The Masque Of The Red Death and The Raven, while strolling at our leisure. Guessing the story from which the performance ensued was almost as enjoyable as wondering where we might find our next “friend”!
My “special girls” win the treasured spot in this month’s share four somethings. Spending a recent Sunday afternoon with my youngest daughter Rachel and precious granddaughter, Grace, reminded me of the special bond we share.
All three of us spread out on the floor coloring on a huge plastic mat designed for use with water filled markers, laughing, sharing and creating together; JOY colored my world. Without noticing, each of our creations complimented the others’ and grace loved when I wrote her name next to hers so much, she insisted everyone’s name be written. Holding hands together we sang while surveying our artwork!
As Halloween falls after the writing of this month’s post, I eagerly anticipate seing my “Sweet Busy Bee” in her costume! My daughter lets her visit her closest neighbors in her community and she gets treats from them and also at her daycare.
Smart mom, found out her dentist does a “candy buy back”, offering parents the opportunity for allowing kids a few treats without the huge sugar haul. The candy is then sent to troops overseas, so a win for everyone!
October goes out with a bang as I also plan on attending my hospice’s annual book sale fundraiser! Who else loves book sales? My daughter and I absolutely thrive surrounded by books: throw in a basket raffle all for a good cause, and our JOY is complete.
October offerings:Share four somethings
Thank you for taking a walk back through my October Offerings with me! I am grateful to Heather for creating such a creative way to review the moments of our days which often slip by so quickly. Sharing Four Somethings is a way to savor one more time those things we love, read, treasure and anticipate!
But you don’t have to be a writer or blogger to enjoy this practice. Why not take a few moments and think back over YOUR October Offerings and share four somethings with me in the comments! Meet me back here at the end of November for more joyful somethings