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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, November 12, 2015

DAWN On T h e FARM

by Dawn Dawn Thomson Thomson by

of Reuben's Reuben's Rescue Rescue Ranch Ranch of

November in the eye. Then he lets out a deep sigh and replies: “That’s itâ€?. November is traditionally This man’s response, my least favorite month of at first glance, may seem the year. It’s that in-be- overly simple. But isn’t that tween season, when most what really makes us all of the fall colors have dis- happy‌..simplicity? The appeared, and the crisp problem with life today is white snow has yet to fly. that it’s often too compliThe days are short, cold cated, which translates and often dreary. And with into harried or stressed. I sunshine being limited, my find the secret to my own energy level starts to wane, happiness is when I simmaking barn chores at our plify my schedule and take rescue farm seem more time to appreciate the small burdensome than at other things: a cup of tea with my times of the year. son, a lunch date with my But November’s shorter college age daughter, a few days and colder temper- moments alone to hold atures offer the perfect hands with my husband, excuse for slowing down or time spent being in the long enough to count our presence of the wonderful blessings. So it’s befitting farm animals I take care that the special holiday of each day. My life is filled of Thanksgiving falls in with blessings, but I have the month of November. to take the time to notice. Thanksgiving is my very It is in those moments, favorite holiday, because it when I have slowed down lacks the craziness and fi- enough to just be in the nancial pressure of Christ- moment, and remember mas, yet it brings families to be consciously grateful, and friends together for that my life feels the most just that‌..simply to be to- satisfying. gether and to give thanks. Yes, November can be In today’s world, we often dreary at times. But it also get caught up in the day to reminds us to take its cue, day chaos of work, school, slow down, and appreciate juggling schedules and the simple things in life. So struggling to pay bills. It’s if you find yourself feeling all too easy to let stress get overwhelmed or a bit blue the best of us and forget to this month, remember to focus on what’s really im- focus on the smaller things portant. I know I am guilty like: being curled up in a as charged. blanket by a warm fire; Mitch Albom’s book, sipping a hot cup of cof(Set in Dom Casual, or some“Have A Little Faithâ€? con- fee with a friend; enjoying similar ifthe possible) tains a passage thing revealing fragrance of apple pie one man’s insight when baking in the oven; and asked his opinion as to the looking forward to Thankssecret of happiness. giving Day surrounded by Visit usThe on Facebook man answers with: “Be sat- loved ones. These seemisfied.â€? “Be grateful.â€? “For ingly simple moments are what you have. For the truly what matter most! love you receive. And for Happy Thanksgiving! what God has given you.â€? Happy November! The person asking him his opinion is surprised by the Dawn Thomson is an insimplicity of his answer, dependent columnist who, and further questions the with the help of her husman by saying: “That’s it?â€? band and two children, The man looks him directly runs a private animal sancby Dawn Thomson Contributing Writer

tuary, called Reuben’s Rescue Ranch, located at 161 Route 104, Danbury, NH. Their mission is to provide a permanent safe haven for animals in need, as well as offering educational opportunities for the public to share hands-on experiences with these beloved creatures. Reuben’s Rescue Ranch is open to the public for visitors during the winter season by appointment or by chance. Farm-fresh eggs are available for sale year round. Please call ahead to reserve yours! Although the farm does not have regular open hours this time of year, we do still gratefully accept donations, to help support the animals, since operating costs are even greater throughout the winter months. Donations can be made directly to the farm, or to the Reuben’s Rescue account at Osborne’s Agway in Belmont. For more information, call 603-630-2239, or email ReubensRescueRanch@myfairpoint.net. Be sure to check out the farm website at www.reubensrescueranch.weebly.com and/or like them on Facebook. Thank you for your support!

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