Saturday, November 1, 2014

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My kids have been digging a hole in the backyard for the past couple of weeks. They said they wanted to dig a hole and maybe we didn't take them seriously enough because we said sure, go ahead, and now we have a hole big enough that they can both get into together. They sit down in the bottom and they can barely see over the top edges. It's a big hole. I don't mind; they shoveled the dirt into a neat pile against the back of the house and it can be filled in a few minutes. I'm just surprised at their diligence; who digs a gigantic hole for fun? I don't think it would have occurred to me as a child. But then I remember how much I enjoyed raking leaves as a child - seriously, it was enjoyable to me - and I can understand it better. They've also been working on a cardboard roof to put over the top when they're inside the hole. They're hoping I'll allow them to stay outside in the rain with their cardboard roof over their heads. I haven't ruled it out.

The Bear and I watched a documentary about the Eagles, the band, last weekend. It's currently streaming on Netflix. I think it's called "The History of the Eagles," if you're interested. I like the Eagles; my father is a fan and I grew up listening to them. I own their greatest hits albums on CD. The Bear is less of a fan; generally, he shares Jeff Lebowski's (unprintable here) sentiment on the band. But it was a good film. There's a segment which sort of depicts how ubiquitous their music has become, shown with people driving while listening to their music and hanging out in public places where their music is playing. I started paying attention: in the past week, I've heard them on the radio nine times (including four times in a single day), plus once in Starbucks and once in the thrift store. I was really surprised. Good for them, that's all I can say.

November! This stretch, now through New Year's, is my favorite time of year. There's a lot to look forward to: my birthday, then Thanksgiving, then all the Christmas preparations and the holiday itself. I like the weather now; it's cooling down and soon we'll have the cold, sunny days I like best. I've been preparing my winter wardrobe, such as it is. I finally have a real winter coat now, after spending many years layering on multiple sweaters to stay warm in the winter. I used to really care about clothes, then I had kids. I stopped paying attention, I guess. I could have taken the time, or spent the money, but I didn't. I picked up yet another cotton scarf in the thrift store this week, for 99 cents. One more for the collection. I love me some scarves. That's not it up there in the photo; that one was hand-woven for me by my mother-in-law. It has sparkly red threads in the weave, kind of fancy.

I've been baking more lately, now that it's cool out, and lighting my candles in the evenings. The furnace has been on twice now, albeit a little later than most years. I came home from the store after the first time, that smell of singed dust still in the air, and it seemed like summer - the hot, dry slog and the unpredictable monsoon - had never happened. I think we have two real seasons here - summer and winter. Fall and spring are tiny slices of the year. Winter and summer set in and mean to stay. I hope there's good snow this winter, it makes the cold winds worthwhile. I want to get lots of use out of my coat too; it was a long time coming. 

37 comments:

  1. I like the hand-woven scarf, and the colours in it. I also like the photo of the apple crumble (crisp?) in the oven.
    Kids often display a strange need to construct something, or create something, that takes a lot of time and effort. We didn't dig holes but we'd stockpile leaves and cut grass in huge piles for some reason... Maybe the hole is just a variation on den-building?
    I'm hoping for a good snowfall this year too. Now we're living up in the hills it should happen, although it's unseasonally mild at the moment. Windy but not at all cold.
    Have a great weekend.
    S x

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  2. I wonder how long your two little bears will stay in their newly dug hole, when it rains :-)... do they realize it will soon turn into a mudpit ? Or maybe that is just what they want ;-)
    Like you, I love this time of year. But this year, everything seems "off-balance" ! E.g. today, we have a stunning 21 °C (about 70°F), ink blue skies...
    Normally, at All Saints Day, people are worrying about their chrysantemums freezing on the graveyard...

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  3. Your recipe looks so good !! What a nice way to spend time with your children! Have a happy weekend. :))))

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  4. Hello! I found your blog via Gillian at 'The Colour Cooperative' and have really enjoyed looking through it at the snapshots of your family life. I love the orange border on your crocheted granny square - very appropriate for this time of year. I remember my 2 loved digging giant holes on the beach, but we never tried one in the garden - what an opportunity missed. I imagine it will be quite cosy in the rain with a roof on but watch out for flash flooding! x

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  5. Who digs a hole just for fun? Don't know; but it sounds like a good use of time!
    I love this run into the new year as well. Christmas officially gets interesting from now on, and I have my making mojo this year so there is plenty to do!!

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  6. I love the photos of your little girl playing with her dollies. It's a familar sight to me and I always like how little girls like to be mummies. I think the hole-digging is impressive, a new, funky way of making a den. Well done to them both! I like your new winter coat (I bought a new coat recently too) and your scarf is lovely. Hope you get a lot of wear out of both. x

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  7. How lovely! Everything seems to be wonderful and that is always a good thing. I absolutely love baking this time of year. -The warm baked aroma of apples in the home..ah smells wonderful. I love that your children are enjoying digging their hole. -Kids have such a big imagination. Our oldest is currently doing everything mama does. -Feeding, diapers and soothing her baby doll. She's been watching me with her baby sister. :)

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  8. I enjoyed "visiting" at your house today. Your daughter is a little angel.. enjoy this age as they grow so fast! Your boy is also very handsome and industrious. I'm glad you let them have their fun - it's good to let them be creative. You have to model your coat for us! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. I enjoyed all your happy pictures today, Jennifer. I love that you let the children dig the hole....so nice for them to do something they really want to do, such a creative thing :) I love your crochet square too.
    Hearing songs by the Eagles always makes me nostalgic and reminds me of my college days.
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  10. Hey Jennifer,
    Oliver spent most of yesterday diggibg holes and dams on the beach. There's something very absorbing about a task of this kind. We have a song about it in the UK sung by Bernard Cribbens. Loving your coat and scarf combo. I am still tramping about in my old wax jacket. And my wellies have a tear. Marc said I looked scruffy. I probably do! Oh and in this house Marc loves The Eagles while I stand with The Bear ;))))
    Leanne xx

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  11. I have to admit there was an area in my backyard while I was growing up that my sister and I dug a big hole in. Of course we were going to dig to China, but we hadn't figured out how to avoid the hot center of the Earth. Obviously we were missing a few screws.
    Love the bears inventive play.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  12. Hello Jennifer
    Your crochet looks great I really like the colours perfect for this time of year x

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  13. I'm hoping for a little snow this year as well. I bought sledges last autumn and of course there was no snow at all. I was dying to wake up to a white day and go, "Ta-dah, look what we've got". Sometimes we go years without any proper snow though, so it was rather a gamble. How nice to see a candle lit, it all looks so cosy. Enjoy your Sunday Jennifer. CJ xx

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  14. I loved reading about the small bears digging a hole for fun. I think you should let them try it out in the rain. It probably wouldn't last long, but what a memory!

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  15. Too cute that your kids dug a big hole to sit in - love it! Unfortunately, I don't share your love of winter. It is very depressing here (northern IL) for me. Bitter cold and gray and dark most of the time. Not much sun - which I crave and need. Sometimes we get a ton of snow; other times hardly any. You just never know. I really like the Eagles but I can't say that I "love" them. Sounds like an interesting documentary though.

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  16. Oh I love the Eagles!! Love the colours of your granny square too!
    What a great mum you are allowing your kids to have good old fashion FUN.
    V x

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  17. What a fun post today. I truly feel that we're sitting at the table sharing a cup of tea and chatting about life. :-). Love the hole the Bears are digging. How fun! It's good to be creative. I like the Eagles. I grew up on their music. We have had several hard frosts already in Spokane. Right now I'm at Mandy's new house just outside of D.C. It's just about a block off of the Chesapeake Bay and the wind is howling across the water. Cold and frosty!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  18. Loving that coat Jennifer! The color is so pretty! I just started trying to put myself back together a bit by getting rid of things that I don't wear and just having some easy basic pieces that can take me through the day comfortably...oh and washable too! How fantastic that your sweeties are working on making a little cozy spot outside with their hole! Those are the moments that I don't ever want to go away but know one day they will. I can feel the warmth coming out of this post! The sky and the baking shots are fantastic! Happy celebrations to come dear friend! Nicole xo

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  19. Love that your children play and work so well together, such fun to dig an enormous hole. Your coat and scarf are beautiful, Love the colour of the coat. I love to bake this time of year too, there are such a lot of celebrations to bake for.

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  20. I think I should like to have a hole big enough to sit in!

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  21. Oh, yes, you have to crotchet with orange wool at Halloween - perfect, Jennifer.
    You have shared some lovely pictures today, and it is so sweet to see a little girl playing dolls, just as I used to do. What fun they must have had digging the hole, children have such imaginations, and like to be in cosy dens they create. Your coat is very smart, and great with the scarf. You are all set for the snow!

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  22. Gosh how industrious of your kids! And you, so many pictures of yhe things you've been doing, pretty colours in the crochet! I love the look of your scarf and coat together, I hope you get your snowfall wishes fulfilled and get plenty of chance to wear it this winter! Have a wonderful November Jennifer, x

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  23. Its funny how kids like digging holes and sitting in them. Something I used to do, then my children. Ours were on the beach, a long traditional kept up by children today making a walk across the beach somewhat precarious if you are not looking where you are going :)

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  24. The scarf is very pretty as are the granny squares, I remember as a child we always had to see who could dig the biggest hole at the beach.
    Clare xx

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  25. Digging a hole sounds like fun but even if they cover it when it rains the rain will still get in a learning experience for sure, my brother and I used to hollow out places in the bank sides when we were kids, our little den it was great fun. Love that scarf it looks soft and warm, I hope you get some snow, you can have my share if you want. :) xx

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  26. We used to dig holes as children too but it was at the beach across from our house so it didn't last for any length of time before the tide would come in and cover it up. Ahh, fun times! :o)

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  27. Like you, I loved raking the leaves as a little girl, in the autumn, back in Canada, especially since we don't have that kind of North American fall here. On the island, our spring is a sweet interlude to a very long summer, and our winter is characterized by fall temps, which I like, the older I get.

    Enjoy your winter coat!

    Poppy

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  28. Hi Jennifer,
    Gorgeous orange in your crochet :) do you which brand/shade? I've struggled to find an orange I like. Most are too orangey. If you see what I mean!
    I love that the children are digging a hole. Together. That is just brilliant :)
    Jillxo

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  29. The fact that your kids are digging a big hole made me laugh. My daughter did this and we told her she would have to fill it in soon in case a animal got trapped. She did not fill it in when asked what did I find...the cutest frog uable to leap the distance out of the hole. Any way we set it free eventually.
    I bet when it snows it looks pretty on the mountains x

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  30. I hope that you have a great November and that the children keep enjoying their digging! xx

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  31. You didn't say anything about your crocheting - I love the colurs you are using. It's so nice to get a new winter coat so I hope you get to wear it plenty. That's a lovely woven scarf you've been given.

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  32. I love that your children wanted to dig a big hole. BigR spent ages collecting pebbles and rocks at the beach last week wanting to make a huge pile! Girls are the same the world over, both mine play with their dolls. I love to watch them play, especially when they're so caught up in the game they don' see me (before the shouting starts!). I'm loving the crochet, such beautiful colours. Hope you have a lovely week x

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  33. I really enjoyed this post. I love it when you chat about your everyday life. When I was a child I used to like sweeping the floor - it felt so satisfying. X

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  34. Hi Jennifer! I loved reading this post, but even more so catch the glimpses of things you photographed, the tangible things of the 'now'!
    You mention about music (The Eagles), things like that instantly can take you back in time, you remember songs and where you were (I remember sitting in a car, being driven by friends, listening to an entire album and singing along to it when I was a teenager in Germany).
    Your apple crumble looks yummy!!!
    Your crochet square is pretty, your children look happy!
    That woven scarf is beautiful!
    Wishing you a happy week!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  35. I love the Eagles :) Sort of like comfort music ... Eagles and Lynard Skynard are bands we listened to regularly "up north" at friends' cottages. Growing up in the country, we all felt a rapport with the lyrics. I'm amazed that your kids are still in bare feet and sandals. Good for them for digging a hole. "Dig a hole and fill it up" ... a line that comes to mind from Dr. Seus. I hope the walls don't cave in on them during a monsoon rain! We had a warm muggy sort of weird windy day yesterday. I'm glad to see clear air again today, although the wind is bitter. Wendy x

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  36. Digging holes is fun. I'm glad your children can stick to tasks like this. :)

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  37. So glad to catch up on your news, Jennifer. I can't remember digging such a big hole, but I loved playing in the sand and dirt when I was young, and actually still like the feel of dirt on my hands when I garden! I can not bring to mind one song of the Eagles...I will have to Google them and get enlightened:) We still have not had a frost even though Mt. Hood has a new coat of white snow on it!
    It is good to relish the seasons though, isn't it. xx

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