A Nod To November

It’s been warm and it’s been cold, it’s been sunny and we’ve had rain, but through it all, I have enjoyed every (well, almost every) moment of this time of year.  I looked out my bedroom window recently and marveled that the leaves had fallen off all but one beautiful tree.


When I looked out again, just a few days later, this tree was bare too.


I honestly don’t mind spending more time indoors on the cold rainy days. I’ve been quite happy puttering around the kitchen, crocheting and reading. No, I don’t have a cleaning service coming in to clean the toilets and wash the floors, but I relegate all these fun chores to early morning, or skip them altogether when the mood strikes. Yes, I make my bed every day and I don’t usually have any dishes in my sink, but on those cloudy mornings it’s very hard to notice the tumbleweed floating across the floors or the dust on the tables.

I’ve had time to wade through some wonderful magazines. Taproot from Amanda Soule is always inspiring.


This month there was a feature on making bowls out of clothesline. She made a pile over the summer that she dyed first and they were all fabulous.



She made it look so easy that I may have to give it a try. I also made it half way through Stampington’s latest issue of Where Women Create.


I love peeking into these womens’lovely studios and seeing what they’re making.


One of my new faves is called Prairie Style.


The warm cozy homes featured on these pages are right up my alley. Nothing too fancy, just plain comfortable and lived in.


There’s been a bit of catalogue perusing taking place these days too, as well as some list making. I’m getting a nice head start on my Christmas shopping.


Of course, there’s the beginnings of a couple of hand made gifts too. I had a few request so I thought I’d better get moving. I enjoy working on these projects in the evenings while I watch any one of the many Real Housewives shows that, for some reason, I am hooked on.



And look who else likes getting cozy this time of year. She hops into our bed at around 7 and warms it up for us.


I’ve been doing lots of cooking lately. Of course, most things I make are simple. I wouldn’t have it any other way. How about a baked potato topped with sautéed onions and peppers or any other veggies I have on hand. It’s really so delicious, healthy and filling.


And, I love a quick supper of pasta with oil, garlic, shrimp and spinach. I add a bit of red pepper flakes to add a real pop of flavor and it can all be done in the time the pasta takes to cook.




Though things may get hectic around here at times, as it does in everyones life, I really do enjoy the down time. Reading or craft projects or trying a new recipe are simple pleasures that really bring me joy.

What have you been up to? Planning your menu and shopping for Thanksgiving – working on Christmas gifts? Whatever it is, I hope you’re enjoying yourself.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by.

Susan xoxo


  1. says

    Watching the fall leaves turn and fall to the ground, leaving a new landscape is always fascinating in a peaceful way to me. Your days are blessed as are mine! Its pouring out. First rain since halloween. Im only too happy to be puttering today too. I made a simple black bean salad from Julie’s Cafe in Door County’s recipe. I have afternoon coffee once the weather gets cold, so that’s in mycuppa right now. :)

    • says

      I find peace in the changing scenery as well, Kathy. And, yes, we are definitely blessed. Enjoy your afternoon coffee. I’m sipping on a hot cuppa ginger tea – perfect on a chilly November evening.

  2. says

    Love learning something new.
    Clothesline bowls . . . who would think! I might have to try some.
    Magazines suggestions and dinner ideas are wonderful . . .
    I enjoy this weather, enjoy being in my home, doing projects and fun things.
    Redoing dining room chairs and painting an Old Oak leaf were my “fun things” for today.

  3. says

    Hi Susan, you have such a beautiful blog, love this post. I want to try felting. I have a 2 year old granddaughter and would love to make some stuff animals for her, have any ideas?

    • says

      Hi Cheri – Felting sounds like fun, but it’s something I haven’t tried yet. Why not check out Youtube and look for felting for beginners. I hope this helps.

  4. says

    oh how i love to visit here.
    finding notice of a new post in my mailbox is just the best!
    i’d have to take two planes a bus and a taxi to get there… but i wish i were sitting down to lunch with you! LOLOL!
    have a wonderful thanksgiving dearest bean.
    our trees have finally turned a bit… but most are still green! still it’s a lovely little taste of autumn. XO♥

    • says

      Thank you for the kind words, Tammy. We’ve lost all our beautiful colored leaves and the nip in the air is a reminder that winter is on its way, though we haven’t had any snow yet. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. says

    The rhythm of your days sounds lovely, Susan. We have had so much wind and rain today I imagine I will notice more bare trees tomorrow. I’m glad you are enjoying your crocheting and preparations for the coming holidays. I have found some treasures for my grands, but want to make a few things as well…we will see :) I made a little cloth heart ornament today starting out with Helen Phillip’s pattern from her latest book, but then going my own way. My stitching is very uneven, but I kind of like it anyway. Where Women Create and Prairie Style are new to me. Thanks for mentioning them. Thanks for your good wishes for Thanksgiving as well. I hope you and yours have a happy celebration, too. xx

    • says

      Hello Gracie – I love the beautiful cover of Helen’s new book. I think I’ll put that on my Christmas list. Thanks for the reminder. I love the little cloth hearts too and am anxious to try making a few. Her patterns and beautiful color choices are always heavenly, aren’t they?

  6. Blessed and Thankful Mom says

    Thank you Susan! I love your appreciation of “home” and some of the simple joys of daily living. I too, find joy in this time of year….With the days ending earlier, my children tend to come home earlier as well…which inspires me to make a warm meal for everyone to enjoy together! Last night was chicken, mashed potatoes, and asparagus baked until it was crispy…everyone loved it…and I loved having the family at the dinner table!

    • says

      That sounds like the perfect dinner! I love roasted asparagus too – the perfect compliment to chicken and mashed potatoes. Having your family all sit down to dinner together is such a blessing.

  7. says

    I love your pup. What a sweetheart to warm your bed. I have 2 havanesse pups that curl up and keep me warm. They do hoag the bed at times and we have to have a little talk. You certainly described the weather perfectly. We have had flood stage alerts down in town ( I am high up) and the rivers are raging. Today I see snow on top of the mountains, a welcome sight for the skiers . I have neglected my blog because on election night I fell down the stairs at city hall landing on my face on the concrete. Ended up in the emergency room, getting stitched up and cat scan, etc. All this because I was doing my civic duty. I am healing up nicely and no longer look like the person who lost the fight. No more liquid diet either if I am careful. Stitches removed from my lip but still sore. But life is grand and I,m loving it.

    • says

      It sounds as if you’ve surely been put through the wringer, Sharon. That was a quite a fall you took and I hope things are a little better now. It’s the perfect time for you to cuddle up indoors with your two pups and just take care of yourself. I hope you’re back to your old self soon. xo

  8. says

    Oh what a fabulous last hurrah from the trees! And you’re not the only one seriously contemplating acquiring a bit of clothesline to turn into baskets!

  9. says

    Hi Susan! It was great catching up with you and hearing how you’re spending your days. What a gorgeous view out your windows. We have lost most of our leaves with the high winds so I really haven’t even done much raking and that’s good exercise (which I sorely need!).

    I love curling up with my magazines…most of them have been catalogs and I do like to get ideas from them but boy, they sure do pile up fast. I didn’t know about the Prairie Style magazine. I have the very first cookbook. I subscribe to Fifi’s blog so I’m wondering how I missed it. Do you get your copy at the usual stores?

    I love your crochet. Someday I’ll find someone who can teach me. I’ve tried via books but it doesn’t make sense, better to have someone right there with you. And your meals sound fantastic. The potato sounds like a great timesaver and I try to make pasta without the need of a heavy sauce so your shrimp and spinach version sounds very healthy and light.

    Is your little pup a Boston Terrier? My daughter has one-his name is Rusty but I’m always calling him Rascal on accident but it sure fits!!

    Take care—I thought I subscribed to your blog by email. I have to go check.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Susan!

    Jane x

    • says

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Jane. I think I picked up Prairie Style at the grocery store. Its such a fun magazine. Yes, Molly is a Boston Terrier. She’s a real sweety pie.
      Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. I bet you’re setting your beautiful table right now.

  10. says

    Dear Susan … our weather has been much the same. Warm, cool, dry, wet. Today is feeling very much like winter may be on its way though. I was out on our patio a little while ago sweeping away the few leaves that had fallen. When I came in, I told my husband that I just love the winter time. The reason being that I love being inside where it is warm and cosy where I can spend my time piddlin’ and putterin’ and he just chuckled. I do love homey days tending to all sorts of little things around our cottage. I love slow and easy inside winter days. I am so thankful for sweet pleasures and simple blessings. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

    • says

      I’m with you Teri, I think I’m basically a homebody at heart. I always find little things to do to keep myself occupied and content. We are blessed, aren’t we. xo

  11. says

    That pasta looks delicious! I’ve not bought a magazine in years. I used to subscribe to Victoria and Country Living. I think I still have issues from the 90s in the house somewhere. The Country Sampler one looks like it is right up my alley. :-)

  12. says

    I so agree with you… I love this time of year. Great rope bowls so very interesting! I’ve not seen that before so ingenious. I am gearing up to make some Ginger bread houses for some friends. Making these houses takes three days but is so worth it in the end when you hand it to someone… Just the look on their face is so pleasing.

  13. says

    Two magazines that were new to me: Taproot and Prairie Style! I will certainly be checking them out. Those rope baskets do look very interesting–please let us all know if you decide to give them a try this winter and the outcome. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • says

      If I attempt the rope bowls, I’ll definitely include it in a post. Hers come out so perfectly and she dyes them the most incredible colors and makes them in all shapes and sizes. I will probably just start with something simple.

  14. says

    Your recipes are always so inspiring….You’ve motivated me to be more creative in my own cooking! And I love the rope bowls. What a great project!

  15. says

    Ooh, I love the sliver of (your?) house I can see in the first two pictures! I’m a bit of a sucker for wooden-clad North American houses (especially if they have a verandah) – coming from the land of red brick and stone, as I do! My ideal home would be the one in Anne of Green Gables!

    • says

      LOL – Darkness and soft candlelight hide the dust beautifully. And when you’re sitting around the table enjoying good food and good company, nothing else really matters. I’m really enjoying my crochet projects – simple pattern, but rather meditative.

  16. says

    beautiful crocheting :) you have a lovely view and a pretty neighborhood!! I love taproot and now I’ve got a few more mags to look for when I’m out and about next time. Our trees are done, the leaves are gone and I miss the colors!

  17. says

    What lovely photos, the colours of your autumn trees are amazing. Maybe we should all do a blog about our work spaces just like the magazine photos, but I would need to do lots of tidying up and making colour coordinated piles before I got my camera out! Thank you for sharing your menus too, simple things taste better quite often. Thanks for visiting my blog,
    Kind regards,

  18. says

    My work space is definitely not ready for a photoshoot, Sue. It’s a mish mash of guest room and work room. I’m just grateful to have this room to hang out in and do my thing.

  19. says

    The weather has been the same here and I’ve been loving the rainy days. I think we’ve had more rain than sun since we’ve moved. We definitely need it and I so love the sound of it. : ) Aren’t those Stampington magazines just like eye candy?? Oh my goodness!! I’ve saved every one that I’ve bought over the years. They’re rather expensive but worth every penny I believe!! Have a beautiful weekend, Susan!! xoxo

    ~ Wendy

    • says

      Hi Wendy, Hope you’re getting all settled into your new home. Yes, I love all the Stampington publications too. I have a stack of them here that I enjoy going thru over and over. I should probably have a giveaway and pass some of them on one of these days.

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