Monday, November 16, 2015

November world







So dull and dark are the November days.
The lazy mist high up the evening curled,
And now the morn quite hides in smoke and haze;
The place we occupy seems all the world.
-   John Clare, November


These darkening days at home are filled with activity and togetherness, the outdoor games moving indoors (provided they can be played with Nerf balls), cooking good, warming things, lighting candles, crocheting the afternoon away, going to bed early with a good book. We made a fall-themed mural this weekend, blazing trees and fallen logs by a clear stream. It rained all day on Sunday and we stayed inside, lights on, the radio playing as we each pursued our hobbies and worked together sometimes too. Today, we're having our first snow! There's a big holiday feast to make next week, and my birthday to celebrate just before it; lists and recipes and plans are crowding inside my head. I love this time of year, in spite of the grayness and chill. It's packed with things to do, places to go, people to see, dates to keep. But looking outside is important too, especially now. Recent events make me stop and think about gratitude, living intentionally, holding on to small things. I am living in the moment in this happy and peaceful place, holding my little family close, remembering those outside our small world, this place we occupy.

34 comments:

  1. That is a fantastic mural- do tell the children I think it's beautiful. Happy birthday in advance for next week. x

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  2. Wow - your children are so artistic; their mural is beautiful! Your candle looks interesting too - I've got a 'warm gingerbread' one on the go at the moment but I'm not overly fond of it. Birthday wishes for next week; have a good one. xx

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  3. lovely thoughts.....hoping you have a wonderful birthday filled with all the fun, family, and meaningful moments. xo

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  4. Love the mural, it's BRILLIANT, well done small bears. I'm always aware of the rest of the world too, while we're happy and snug here in our safe home, I know many aren't so lucky. Your Sunday sounds blissful, you do autumn so beautifully, it's always a pleasure to come here and find someone else who loves the cold dark season. I hope you have a fantastic birthday. CJ xx

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  5. Have a lovely birthday when it gets here, Jennifer. :o)

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  6. I loved seeing all your photos!
    You have snow?!! Well, I am just a wee bit envious, I really
    hope we get some this year!

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  7. Lovely, cozy photos! They say November to me. Your children are both so adorable. I love the mural! I am also excited for Thanksgiving next week. And it's also your birthday - Yay!!

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  8. I love the cozy feel of November, and it looks like you guys are soaking it up. Such a beautiful post Jennifer. The mural is amazing! Have a great week.

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  9. We stayed by the fire today and I knitted on my hitchhiker shawlette.. it's very challenging! You kids are so adorable and bright.. I know you're very proud of them. It's rainy and cold here.. lucky you to get some snow. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. The kids did such a nice job - they are talented! Your hensfoot is coming along so nicely!

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  11. The small bear's mural is beautiful as is your appreciation of this time with your family. More snow is falling on Mt. Hood although the clouds are hiding it from our sight. We are getting rain in the valley and are cozy at home with mostly indoor pursuits and appreciation for our safety, too. xx

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  12. I love your words 'living intentionally' Jennifer. You are a profound thinker, and give me something to ponder. The mural is so gorgeous: I hope you have it up on display in your house...especially with snow outside, so soon! Your little Girl Bear looks adorable in her pretty bed with sweet crotchet rug. Happy Birthday to you, and have a beautiful day.

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  13. Another lovely post to read while I'm awake with my babe in the middle of the night, x

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  14. Hey Jennifer,
    What a wonderful mural! Olly is teaching me to draw Minecraft figures at the moment; he's very strict.
    Leanne xx

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  15. Stunning mural, they are very talented bears. Getting snow so early, I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. Have a good week.

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  16. This is a lovely mural Jennifer! I am looking forward to the weekend, when we will be able to do things together and beside each other. x

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  17. I love your mural, it's gorgeous. Your time together sounds perfect, living intentionally is how we like to live too. Happy Birthday for next week!

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  18. Home, family, warmth, love – all these emanate from your blog Jennifer. It's a comforting and uplifting place. I wish you the happiest of birthdays. Sam x PS That mural is fabulous :-)

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  19. Recent events do make you very thankful for what we've got. Snow already, eeek. Although it's beautiful as it's falling it isn't my favourite thing, I'm hoping we can avoid it this year though I doubt that somehow. The mural is beautiful, such talented children you have.

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  20. Such an excellent post ... your words so right for these present events that are surrounding our world. I think at these times we all give our families that extra hug.

    Lovely photo's you've shared here too - the mural looks beautiful.
    Early Happy Birthday Wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  21. What clever bears you have. You are so right, recent events have made us all appreciate each other so much more.
    Beautiful photos Jennifer

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  22. This post was lovely, Jennifer, and gave me something peaceful and warm to read today in the midst of continuing horrible news headlines.

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  23. It's cold, wet and grey here but still lovely. We had a tiny sprinkling of snow last week on the tope of the mountains beside where we live.

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  24. That's a fantastic mural, I really like it. November here has been wet and grey with two storms in one week. I'm thankful to be warm and dry indoors with my little family and I'm looking forward to my husband's three day weekend and ox tail stew!

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  25. Lovely photo's Jennifer, it's quite dark and gloomy here with lots of rain. :) xx

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  26. I have missed the Link Up Party and loads of other things. Lovely thoughts about your weekend and Autumn,
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  27. Hi Jennifer,

    Your post is so lovely - and evokes a cozy, happy family and the perfect time when the weather starts getting cooler to do all the things you enjoy.
    Stay warm and have a great week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  28. Forgot to say - wishing you a very happy birthday
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  29. It looks and sounds like November bliss. In this grey month, beauty is hard to find - but you seem to have captured it with your camera!

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  30. Your home looks so cosy and joyful. Sarah x

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  31. Hi Jen lovely post and I really love your kids work xx

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  32. Such an absolutely lovely post. Yes, this is why we have November. And wise words too - I also want to hunker down and be safe when the world is so scary. Xx

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