Well I doubt anyone is going to raise a fuss that I’m changing the subject matter this week. Just a little…
The pumpkin season is still going but then it feels like it’s going…. away… This is happening a lot faster than I remember. Maybe it’s just me?
Something feels different. But to you maybe it feels like par for the course or business as usual. For me, I know what has changed. A lot of has changed this year for me. So the sentimentality has grown yet it feels different. I’m not that young yet I still feel like a kid around this time of year.
I write this as my cat lays on my lap. As she usually does. She’s a bit older now too, but is just as cute if not cuter than ever. We’re a week from Thanksgiving so a lot of this is heightened. The love and sadness is growing all at once. Maybe this is how it was always meant to be…
While I love tea, and I will always love tea (and many holiday themed posts are coming the rest of the year), something about fresh apple cider warms my heart too. There’s no pun here. As much as I love warm cider, and will be having my fair share in the weeks to come, something about it being cold just does it for me as well.
Trader Joe’s does it for me too. It always has and each time I walk into one, I just feel good. I feel like a kid, and it feels like the holidays all year round. I wonder if that’s what they intended, or is it just me? I think I just said that. Maybe it’s all encompassing.
Their Organic Cold Pressed Spiced Fuji Cider containing just three ingredients (organic apple juice, organic cinnamon powder, organic dried clove) is an absolute hit. I mean that’s it. I could stop writing now and leave on a high note.
Yet sitting outside at the time I sipped this, it was warm, it still felt autumn like, dare I say spring like. This was just a few weeks ago. Now here we are and it’s the first signs of wintry precipitation. That makes me sad to say. But it’s symbolic of so many things. I live in an area where we get four seasons, and that’s a cool thing that not everyone gets to experience. The great memories we have as children tend to resurface now. We reconnect with people we don’t always see, don’t see enough, and wish we could see more.
While I was sitting out on this day, I was thinking about things. When you’re by yourself that can tend to happen. I was thinking about people, friends, family, animals, and so many other things I love. Sometimes thoughts can drive you up the wall, but sometimes they can keep you humbled. I like the latter.
What also keeps me humbled and honest are the treats that Trader Joe’s comes up with. You’re getting things here you’re not getting anywhere else. The Spiced Pumpkin Madeline Cookies might still be on a shelf at a store near you. If you can, get them all! They’re habit forming for sure.
As an added bonus, I also sampled their Green Cold Pressed Juice. I know this has been a thing for a while, with juice cleanses, and to assist in physical and spiritual healing. I’m no expert on that. It had a great taste to it, and I hope that whatever you’re drinking is bringing you joy, no matter what time of year.
Maybe that’s for after the holidays when more of us will be wanting to get back into a healthier lifestyle. I would say that we can enjoy food, drinks, life, friends any time of year without having to worry too much about trying to make up for it in the new year. This is not meant to be sermon. I’m just getting sentimental as I tend to do.
We’re not even at Thanksgiving yet but my mind like this post is all over the place. I hope it brought you some joy, just like the cider has and will hopefully do for you.
More to come and Happy Early Thanksgiving!