Oh, To Be Thankful

ThanksgivingThis week we get to take a  step back from our daily routine… usually we take a few days to kick back & enjoy family, friends, and good food… and at the very minimum, we enjoy a few extra moments or hours to reflect on all we have to be grateful for.

This has been quite a year. I don’t think there are many who have not been affected, or had a loved one affected by the roller coaster ride that has been our economy. Now that things are starting to turn, and we hear “the recession is over”, we may or may not be seeing big changes in our own lives yet, but we can look around, and take stock. Do we have shelter? A roof over our heads, warmth and food? Do we have family? And if so, do we remember to tell them each and every day that we love them? Do we have friends… real friends? If so, do we remember to let them know that they make our lives richer just by being themselves? Do we have a job? & If so, do we think about all the ways that job enriches our lives, providing goods and/or services to others and supporting our family? Do we have beauty in our lives? Do we remember to actually look at those hanging baskets in downtown Lake Oswego, or the beautiful lights and holiday dressing the town takes on this time of year? Do we see the beautiful little things that cross our paths everyday… often escaping our notice? Ok, I’ll stop, but hopefully this gets you thinking a bit. Maybe this year would be the year to start a Gratitude Journal. I have a friend who records everything that happened that day for which he is grateful every night before bed. He swears that it has turned his life around! Maybe this year we might start a new tradition with our children, and have them fill out two lists… one being everything for which they are thankful, and the other being, well, you know… the one that goes to the North Pole (make sure to address it to City Hall/North Pole this year though : )

I am grateful for so many things, and I know I speak for Dianne and I both when I say we are so thankful for our Property Blotter readers & clients. You make it all worthwhile.

I’ll leave you with a few quotes to start your holiday season off just right:

“Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.” –Phillips Brooks

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
—Melody Beattie

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” –Cicero

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” –W.T. Purkiser

“Serenely full, the epicure would say, Fate cannot harm me, I have dined today.”
–Sydney Smith

Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Events in Lake Oswego

turkeyThere is a wonderful assortment of Holiday Events coming up here in Lake Oswego. It is a great time of year and the community comes together to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Adult Community Center Thanksgiving Luncheon

November 25, 11:30am, at the Adult Community Center.  Enjoy a holiday feast with friends.  Call 503-635-3758, to make a reservation.

Holiday Tree Lighting

November 27, 5pm.  Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the giant sequoia tree at Fifth Street and A Avenue.  Enjoy free coffee and cocoa and listen to choir members from local high schools.  Then, walk to Millennium Plaza Park to enjoy more caroling, refreshments, live music, and several characters to entertain the kids.  Donations of non-perishable, canned food for the Oregon Food Bank and unwrapped toys are encouraged.

Gingerbread House Building

November 30, 6:30 to 8:30pm.  West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way.  Everything you need to build a beautiful gingerbread house is included.  Ages 18 and older. $47 per family/house.  Register at www.lakeoswegoparks.org (#4327200)

5th Annual Lake Oswego Holiday Market

December 5th & 6th, 9am to 4pm, Millennium Plaza Park.  A traditional European Holiday Market where you can shop for unique treasures:  crafts, greenery, eats and treats.  Local musicians will provide a background of Holiday music.  A family-friendly shopping experience.

Holiday Gift Workshop

December 12, 10am to 12pm, West End Building.  Spend a morning making holiday gifts for family and friends, snack on treats, and enjoy a special guest/entertainer.  For children ages 6 to 12.  Cost is $22.  Register at www.lakeoswegoparks.org (#4267100)

Carriage Rides

December 6, 12, & 19, 11am to 3pm, Millennium Plaza Park.  Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy a memorable carriage ride through the streets of beautiful downtown Lake Oswego.  The horse drawn carriage will pick you up at the entrance to Millennium Plaza Park.  Adults $3 and children under the age of 10, $1.

Christmas Ship Parade Viewing

December 19th, 6pm, Foothills Park.  Experience the sparkle of the ships and their reflections from the shore of the Willamette River at Foothills Park while enjoying hot chocolate and a warm fire.  For more information, go to www.christmasships.org.

Adult Community Center Holiday Luncheon

December 23rd, 11:30am, at the Adult Community Center.  Celebrate the season with food and music.  Call 503-635-3758 to make a lunch reservation.

Adult Community Center New Year’s Luncheon

December 30th, 11:30am, at the Adult Community Center.  Honor the last of 2009 and welcome 2010 with friends.  Call 503-635-3758 to make a reservation.

The above information is brought to us courtesy of Hello L.O., the official newsletter of the City of Lake Oswego.  Happy Holidays!