The most wonderful time of the year.

I know I have no right to reference “winter weather” given the storms apparently going on in other parts of the US this weekend, but we do have our own kind of winter here and I love cozy family dinners when the temperatures go all the way down into the, um, 40’s. Okay, it’s been a warm week. We’ll get to the 30’s soon enough, but it still FEELS cold when the sun goes down at 4:30 in the afternoon.

Taking a break from cooking

Taylor and Victoria made a lovely dinner for us last night and Granny joined us. We hung a few more ornaments on the tree – very handy to have 6’4″+ Taylor to reach the tall branches! And Granny enjoyed visiting the coop and seeing the chickens’ Christmas decorations.

Autumn is Granny's favorite, too

There are many things to love about this time of year. One of my favorites is the “year-end giving” lunch the CE and I will have today where we write a few annual checks to support organizations that touch our hearts. If you’re doing the same thing this week, you may want to check out Charity Navigator. I have found it to be a helpful resource for making decisions about charitable giving.

Charity Navigator calls itself “America’s premier independent charity evaluator” and “works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,400 of America’s largest charities.” If you go to their web site at you will find information on top-rated charities and guides to choosing charities. Best of all, their “star” system rates charities according to how much or little of your donation bypasses administrative overhead and goes directly to the services you are helping provide.

For example, I got an email the other day notifying me that Angie and Bobby have made a donation of two chickens in my name through WorldVision – what a great gift for me and for the family that will receive the chickens

" Fresh eggs raise the levels of protein and other nutrients in a family’s diet, and the sale of extra eggs provides money for other household needs."

If you go to Charity Navigator and look up WorldVision, you will find that it is a 4-star charity, which is a rating of “Exceptional: exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause.” Good to know, and what a great gift to give and to receive!

With so many worthy causes out there, Charity Navigator is a nice way to survey the options.  As the saying goes, we can’t help everyone, but we can all help someone. Happy giving to you and yours!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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One Response to The most wonderful time of the year.

  1. nikkidog says:

    Granny and Autumn…..Two lovely chix !

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