November seems to have a rhythm all its own – darkness by 5pm, a bit more rain and cloudy skies and thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas beginning to stir. I love spending time reading and crocheting and puttering in the kitchen. This time of year I make a lot of roasted vegetables. They’re simple to prepare and taste delicious – slice/chop whatever veggies you have available, put them in a large bowl and add a little olive oil and salt and pepper….
and pop them in the oven at 350 until they’re done. A perfect side dish or a meal in itself
I made an applesauce spice cake this week
and some delicious chicken soup
and salads made with the end of this seasons crop of tomatoes from my friend Marie’s garden.
I got back to work on my afghan again. I’d love to have it finished by the end of the month.
I also set up my yarn winder and made yarn cakes out of several skeins of wool.
I love playing with the yarn winder – it’s almost meditative. I also found a piece of embroidery I haven’t worked on in about 3 years. I have to check out my threads and see what I have so I can complete this piece and maybe use it in a pillow.
November is a time for leisurely walks on crisp, clear mornings, spending quiet time indoors on damp, chilly afternoons, mugs of hot chocolate with towers of whipped cream and filling the house with the smell of cinnamon and spices coming from the kitchen. A time for baking Thanksgiving pies, reading by the fire and snuggling under blankets. I look forward to the changes the seasons bring and hunkering down and spending more time at home.
So, I guess I’m settling into November slowly and comfortably, enjoying the peace, the quiet, and the opportunity and time to work on all the projects I overlooked during the summer. I hope you enjoy your November too.
Have a beautiful week-end.