Mostly, the weather is dreary. I like that. Today, when the sunshine came out briefly I found myself feeling a bit disappointed. November is not a time to be out; it's time to be in, so let it rain.
I look forward to warm sweaters, comfy tights and cozy skirts. I want the pop and crackle of a wood fire and the warm you to the bone feeling that only comes from radiant heat. I want hearty soups and stews simmering in the crock pot. I want blankets, and fleece robes, and flannel sheets. I want darkness, so I can savor the homey light inside.
November, before the cold gets so raw we can't stand it anymore. November, when snow is still a rare, fleeting, delight. November, no big Holiday, no big stress, just a time to Give Thanks and reflect on all the blessings in my life.
Despite it's busy nature, October really was wonderful. We have so many delightful times with family and friends.
Campfires - just us around the fire on the last few pleasant nights of the fall. Hot Dogs and S'mores make for simple, and inexpensive Friday nights.
For more years than I can count, we've been making caramel apples with some of our favorite friends. Really, the kids just lick off the caramel - most of the fun is in the creation. However, I think it's the easiest dessert I prepare all year.
|The girl's tent was quiet long before lights out. They were reading and talking quietly together.|
|The boy's tent was a different story - it stank. They spent most of the time before they went to sleep having farting contests. I will never understand boys - but they seemed to have a blast.|
We had a great soccer coach this year, and a really hard working team. Coach surprised everyone with trophies at the end of the season. We had a great final game too. It was wonderful to see all of the kids grow and develop their skills.
We made a few apple dumplings and put them in the freezer for cold snowy evenings. Apple dumplings were the last of my very limited processing list for the fall. Now, I can enjoy all of November and enter Advent with (hopefully) a clean house and a rested spirit.
This weekend is the first weekend with absolutely no plans since May. I've been absolutely giddy about it all week. I love being social, and I love traveling. But for now, I'm glad to be hunkered down inside enjoying the last of the fall views on the mountain while catching up on all the small projects that have been needling at me for weeks. The weekend's menu is full of simple foods perfect for fall: sweet potato waffles and sausage, cranberry beans and kale, red lentil curry, raisin bran muffins, peanut butter vegetable soup. Food for the body and for the soul.
How about you? Are you making time for yourself? Are you giving yourself the gift of an empty calendar weekend? We may not go dormant in the winter, but as the months get colder winter is a perfect time to stay in, recharge, reconnect and reflect. Happy hibernating everyone!