Thursday, November 1, 2018


Lake Winnipesaukee
“​November… was the favorite season in Puritan New England.” 
- David Hackett Fischer, Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America <>


  1. Not yesterday I learned to know
    The love of bare November days
    Before the coming of the snow....

  2. Her pleasure will not let me stay.
    She talks and I am fain to list:
    She's glad the birds are gone away,
    She's glad her simple worsted gray
    Is silver now with clinging mist.

  3. Such simple beauty!

  4. November? Nope. You can make all the rhymes you want, it is still a lousy month. The only good thing about the worst time of the year is that it leads into the most wonderful time of the year. My deepest Ebenezer Scrooge comes out in November. Bah humbug!

    1. To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

  5. Perfect Autumn day here in NE Georgia. Rainy. Gray skies. Colorful leaves. And best of all a REALLY good apple pie I made last night, for breakfast.

  6. Absolutely incredible! Thank you.

  7. Anonymous at 9:52 am. I agree with you. My spirits plummet this time of year.

  8. I suppose the alternative to suffering through November is not being around to see it. As Robert Frost also wrote, "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." I love November—for all the darker skies and all the cold rain, the bright days are among the most beautiful of autumn. And there are Christmas lights to look forward to, après tout.

  9. I too fight the seasonal blues. My recipe is some really great hot tea in the silver service. A delicious apple pie--and as many pieces as I like thank you very much--and some Ella and Sarah blasting on Pandora as I belt them out with the girls.

    "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness shall not over come it."

  10. This afternoon, Nov. 2, 2018, in northern Massachusetts, it was 67 degrees outside, and rather humid.

    Our old house was actually colder inside, so we opened up the back porch door and a couple of windows to let the warmer air in.

    It's actually too warm right now to sip the autumnal tawny port!

  11. Enjoy the Autumn colors while they last! I like Thanksgiving but not the winds that accompany it in the Pacific Northwest. My most unusual November was spent in the Hawaiian Islands. A bit more rain (not as much as January!) but still no occasion to start wearing socks...

  12. It can be a good month here on the coast... as long as most of the outdoor getting-ready-for-winter chores are done. The leaves haven't all fallen yet so there's still that. Hoping they drop before first accumulation of snow. A few window screens still to be washed and put away. Our boat came out of the water today so now the harbor is empty. Floating docks have all been hauled, moorings will all be lifted and set ashore during the next month. The sun is lower and more sparkly on the water. Nice.