Though we haven't really seen or felt winter's full effects as of yet, make no mistake that the season has arrived. The weather over the past few days proves that point.
Temperatures can drop quickly and weather conditions in a snap of the fingers can turn hazardous.
With the new year upon us, sooner or later we'll all settle into our cold weather mode, with the end result being to stay as warm and comfortable as possible.
We get our driveways shoveled as quickly as possible so we can go back inside and warm up with some coffee of hot chocolate, or sit next to the fireplace and relax.
Keep in mind there are those who need assistance or can't take care of themselves during these colder months. There may be a neighbor who is elderly or handicapped and cannot shovel the snow from his or her sidewalk or driveway, or maybe he or she just needs someone to talk to and a hot meal. Why not do some grocery shopping for them, or make sure their car will start in the cold weather? A phone call to check and see how they are doing is always appreciated.
Remember, it never hurts to help someone else. A simple act of kindness might just be the thing to help brighten a neighbor's day.
And don't forget the pets this winter. Whether dogs, cats, rabbits or even horses, there are pets that have to stay outside. This cold weather is just as difficult on them, if not more so, since they are exposed to dropping temperatures and blustery winds at all times.
Remember to provide shelter and warmth for furry friends. A pile of hay or straw with some blankets will help, along with a dry place to keep them out of the wind. And keep their food and water fresh and close by. Better yet, if at all possible, find a way to keep them inside during the winter.
These simple acts of kindness can help make a difference during this cold time of year.