Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Week in Tallahassee

Even though it was raining yesterday,  I just had to get my umbrella, grab my camera and walk around the yard trying to capture some of the beautiful Fall leaves of these colorful Japanese Maple and Ornamental Pear trees. These were planted by my husband many years ago.

There is more extreme cold weather in the not too distant forecast,  and before too long the trees will be totally bare,  and sleeping for the long winter.

Living in North Florida just about 10 miles from the Georgia line, we definitely experience a change of seasons.

 In this photo you can see a little fog in the air from the rain.

It would have been nice to have had more time today to capture more colorful photos around town, but today was the day to take care of Thanksgiving errands.  I showed you some of the trees in town a few posts ago, but now the trees are even more colorful. 

There was a Holiday feeling in the air as I drove to take care of my errands.  While visiting the grocery store, shopping for Thanksgiving Day dinner, the shoppers were almost elbow to elbow.  When we drove out to Costco it was the same way.  I am always amazed at the availability of all the wonderful food choices in all of the grocery stores.

In the below photo you can see the rain water glistening on the colorful leaves.

Tallahassee is a fun town during the holidays.  Thanksgiving Day begins early with what we call the "Turkey Trot."   This will be the 39th year the city has sponsored this fun run.  Last year 5,000 runners finished the race.  Nine members of our family were there and crossed that finish line. 

No, I did not run with them.  I was home cooking and when they finished the race they returned home to help me with the cooking.

For those folks who may not have family in town, have resource problems,  or for whatever reason will not be having Thanksgiving dinner at home,  there are so many places in Tallahassee where they can have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner absolutely free.

I saw where the Salvation Army will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner as usual this year.  Also, the local American Legion say they usually serve between 800-1300 folks each year.  Dinner is free.

Many churches in town will be serving Thanksgiving meals as well.  Our church collects food donations from the church community.  Then a  group of members get busy and put together several hundred "Meals on Wheels" dinners.  Additional members from the church deliver these meals to many who may not be able to do for themselves.

 I'm so glad to know that not one family in town must do without Thanksgiving dinner.

An then, the icing on the cake for the little ones in the family, and the big ones too on Thanksgiving Day,  is watching the wonderful Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, live on the ABC television network.

Did you ever see the movie Miracle on 34th Street?  It is an extremely old movie, but if you have never seen it, it really is worth watching.  It was filmed in New York City and is a wonderful story about a little girl who does not believe in Santa.  Part of the story includes the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Great Movie!  It is still available at Amazon and if you are interested you can find out more by clicking on the below link:

For the sports enthusiasts in the family on Thanksgiving Day there will be lots of football to watch on TV later in the day.

It should be a very nice Thanksgiving week here in Tallahassee.  And, of course, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of turkey and pumpkin pie and everything else you enjoy,  wherever you may be.

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