November 2020 - Give Thanks11/14/2020
While November in SE lower Michigan requires the furnace most nights, there are still plenty of days when we can switch it off and enjoy sunny days, mild temps, and Michigan beauty. While most of the leaves have dropped, the landscape is aglow with the golds of autumn.
Colder temperatures make us appreciate the comfort of home. Now’s the time to make sure the furnace, snow equipment, and winter sports equipment are in good working order and ready to go when they are needed. With the pandemic protocols in place, many homeowners are improving the home office and/or home classroom for students; and an outdoor meeting space is a new “must-have” for safe socializing in small groups. November is a great time for home improvements.
In the current, seller’s market, homeowners looking to sell are in a good position, even as winter is around the corner. Homeowner’s looking to sell should spruce up the place and call a Realtor, pronto. Likewise, buyers need to be ready to make their move when they meet the home that’s right for them; with some buyers offering more than asking prices, there may not be time to “sleep on it.”
As we reflect on wonders of fall, we can practice gratitude and appreciation. We can take a moment to breathe deeply and feel thankful; we can thank our health care providers and essential workers; we can thank the sun, the rain, and the land. We can thank our loved ones for sharing themselves with us.
As we practice gratitude for what we have, we have an opportunity to practice generosity toward the members of our community who are suffering the effects of unempolyment, poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness. As the pandemic continues and winter is around the corner, the need for assistance grows. We can ease the suffering in our community by donating to organizations such as Associated Charities, The Daily Bread of Lenawee, and Share the Warmth. Donations are needed at this critical time--and are greatly appreciated.