When it comes about November I get the queerest feeling, as if the real year is beginning.
Nelia Gardener White
So please tell us...why is this your favorite month of the year?xoxo
That's a fair question, Melanie. November nudged October out of first place when I realized that middle Tennessee really doesn't get beautiful fall color until the very end of October and well into November. And we really can't bring out our winter clothes to wear until November, can't bring out the wool blankets and cozy tartan throws for the sofa until now, can't see lights in our neighbors' windows at dusk until mid November. I even love it when the leaves drop from the trees and the bare trunks and limbs are revealed. And November is the beginning of my favorite time of year--Thanksgiving and Christmas to look forward to, the baking and decorating and plans to be with family. Everything seems to be intensified come November, as if each day counted for more than in other months. It really is a beautiful month to me and full of possibilities. I think I feel more spiritually alert in November too as my heart turns more gratefully aware of God's blessings. My apologies to October but it really has fallen into third place with December being second. I might even have to move January into third place and push October to fourth. But all of this probably has a lot to do with the stage of life I'm in, having reached the great age I am!
I just love what you wrote. And I am, yet again, amazed at how we think alike. Although my northern November doesn't have many leaves left, I just love the spareness, the quiet, the early darkness. It is soothing and calming after the busyness of summer and early fall.
What a lovely view to your porch full of still blooming pretties and your two little fur babies, who look quite happy to be part of this charming, autumnal scene. Unlike the author of the quote, I, myself, have never thought of November as the true beginning of an already existing year, but in contrast, a mostly quiet, rainy and melancholy month before the bustling, snowy days of a festive December. Happy Wednesday, DewenaPoppy
I understand that feeling, Poppy, used to have it myself. What's different now is that how you describe November as quiet, rainy, melancholy is exactly what makes me happy now. As I said to Melanie, this perspective has come with age! Happy Wednesday to you, Poppy!
I had my bedroom window open last night just enough to hear the light misty rain!it was heavenly. it's only 44 degrees now. I keep hoping the leaves will turn color. it's good practice for my patience and accepting things just as they are! and your beautiful picture is a happy one to me. those tiny faces waiting to come in and get warm! sending you much November love. XO
Hello Tammy, so glad you're getting some chilly temperatures there. We covered all those plants on the kitchen porch last night with old sheets and will have to tonight. BreeBree did not like them at all! Anything different spooks her. Love back to you!
I very much agree with you on your love of November. Our leaves have yet to fall, no raking yet, very few days to snuggle under cozy throws. But it will come soon...we are just a bit behind with the rains we've had lately. Fall has also been my favorite in part because I'm a natural auburn redhead. When I was growing up and in my teens, I was often compared to the fallen leaves of the maple and oak trees. And I got that gorgeous har from my mother, and the natural curls from her sister. Then we change. Mom was so disappointed when I went blonde in my early twenties. But I have recently embraced my curls. No matter, fall is special to me. And Tennessee must be spectacular when the changes come!🍁🍁🍁Jane
Jane, I would never have guessed that you aren't a natural blonde! Since I have a beautiful little redhead granddaughter I am certainly partial to them. She also got hers from her mother and I think her other grandmother was too in her youth. East Tennessee, in the higher altitudes, does get spectacular colors on all the hardwood trees. Middle TN is a lot more mellow colors but I've grown to love them so much. Best to one fall lover from another!
Hello Dewena,How did I not know about this other blog? I'm adding it to my feed today! I was wondering about you and thinking I hadn't heard from you for a long time, neither via blogging nor FB. I hope you are doing well and enjoying this new month. hugs,Lorrie