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.