November 1, 2013

November - A Look Ahead




This month’s calendar is filled with doctor appointments and radiation/chemo treatments. Everything else is secondary. Our normal, everyday life has been preempted by another, foreign one ever since we got the news in early June. But we will be counting our blessings as Mr. Jim continues to fight and win his cancer battle. Undoubtedly, the Thanksgiving holiday will hold special meaning for us this year.

Cooler temperatures have prevailed in the past couple of weeks. The gas furnaces have been called into service once again. Soon we will be breaking out the cozy flannel sheets for nighttime comfort.

The season is over for our annual flowers and herbs. Fall colors in our valley area are running very late this year and now starting to appear in earnest. But this is one of the least colorful seasons that we can recall. Perhaps it was high rainfall amounts this year. Our landscaping service includes blowing the leaves, so we don’t have to worry about raking the yard. Yeah! Thinking ahead to next spring, we will be planting some additional spring bulbs this month.

No major household projects are scheduled for this month.  But we got the cottage’s crawl space encapsulated a few weeks ago. It will go a long way in reducing the high humidity levels down there. The musty smell immediately disappeared once the project was completed. As a bonus, it should also reduce our utility bills a bit.

The theme for the photo challenge this month is digitally “layering textures” on photographs. It will be fascinating to see everyone’s creative efforts! If you are interested in joining the challenge this month, please check out the background information HERE.

17 comments:

  1. October flew by didn't it? We have milder, but still rainy weather today which is perfect as I need to clean and bake.
    Have a good weekend Donna.
    Judith

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  2. Yes. It will be a different month for sure and one that you will be happy to have behind you. I am smiling to think of the bulb planting that will go on all the same. That sounds pretty normal.

    This photo challenge has whipped me and I mean it. I've read the articles, I am struggling. It's okay. I can always visit pizap and be totally cheesy. =D

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  3. The colors are pretty much peaked around here, too. Suprisingly, a lot of trees have already lost most of their leaves. Must be due to the wetter than normal summer! Will continue to keep you guys in my thoughts.

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  4. We're starting the day with a gentle rain and glad that we've gotten lots of our errands done this week already. Maybe we'll stay home today. Take care and stay warm! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  5. Wishing you a happy, healthy November. You are right - Thanksgiving will have a special meaning this year. You two have been blessed in new ways and you will have much to celebrate. Flannel sheets came out of cupboards about a month early around here! Our days have been, for the most part, sunny and bright but the nights are c-o-l-d!
    ~Adrienne~

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  6. Special family times are made more special when faced with health issues, aren't they. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    We're heading into dreary, wet, cold November (oh, and did I say DARK?) Autumn leaves us early up here in the Northwoods.

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  7. glad you are able to concentrate on what is most important this month. :)

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  8. What a very full month you have ahead of you. I agree Thanksgiving is a special day this year. Wishing you strength, and patience, and much joy in the month to comes.

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  9. So glad things are looking much better for ya'll.
    Still having pretty days but chilly nights. :)
    xo

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  10. Keep on, keeping on. November to me is such a dreary month as it progresses--nothing to do outside, you might as well be in treatment now, rather then in spring or summer.

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  11. A very busy month for you. I wish you and your dear husband strength and, blessings and good health. one day at a time. xo

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  12. Hi Donna, I've said this before but isn't it amazing how fast one's life can change???? We NEVER know, do we? BUT--when things happen, we just have to go with the flow and keep on keeping on. You two are doing GREAT… I'm proud of you!!!!! I'm sure that Thanksgiving this year will be one of the best ---in different ways.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  13. Just keep your strength up and take care of yourself. Get November behind you.
    God bless!!

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  14. Hi, Have missed you and thought I would drop by to see what the two of you are doing. Looks like life is going to be very busy going to and from doctor appointments. Praying for Mr. Jim and you each night. God Bless you both. Hugs, LenZie

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  15. hard to believe we are in to November already. Thanksgiving will have special meaning this year for sure. Try to schedule in some "me" time for yourself throughout the month

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  16. This year, for some reason, has really been flying by.

    Continuing to pray for you both. xoxo

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  17. I guess this is the month that says, Front Porch, Rocker & a Hot Cup 'a Coffee! Bet the view from yours is mighty pretty!
    Praying daily for Mr Jim sweet friend...and You!
    (((HUG)))

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