Hello, November!

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Ah, November! I looooove this time of year. I love the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. I love the coziness. I love candles and twinkle lights and blankets and fuzzy socks. I love making soups, and roasts, and hearty casseroles. It’s my season.

So a lot has happened in the last two weeks. I had a birthday! Yes, I turned 42. Kind of crazy to see the numbers in print, but there it is. I had a full, busy, lovely day. I wore my favorite shoes and went out of my fashion comfort zone by wearing leggings and a shirt dress. I think I actually pulled off the look!

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A group of library patrons sang to me at a lunch & learn lecture we presented. I got lots of cards and texts and Facebook birthday wishes. I had tacos and Boston cream pie and totally conked out at the end of the day.

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Isn’t that mug so cute? I have totally jumped on board the Rae Dunn train. I’ve admired her stuff for quite a while and decided that I wanted to start collecting it, so as a birthday present to myself, I set out searching for goodies. I got very lucky on my first day out! I wanted a canister and actually found one!

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I figure I will just add pieces as I find them. I have no plans to over pay online. I would like to get a couple more canisters, a few more of those oval plates with different sayings (I’d love to find “Nibble”) and add some more cereal bowls and mugs, but I want it to be stuff I really love.

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And of course there was Halloween! It’s so different now that the kids are getting older, but it is still fun. The boys had a party at Boy Scouts, and then we went Trunk or Treating on Saturday night (Noah was a magician, Laura was a witch, and Jake was Kurt Cobain). Seems some people have issues with the whole Trunk or Treating trend, that it waters down Halloween or whatever. I don’t really get that. For us, it is an additional event, and it’s a great community event! A local church hosts it and we see so many people and then gather in the youth center afterwards for great food, games, and just chit chat. We cannot trick-or-treat on our street unless I literally drive the kids from driveway to driveway. It is dark, rural, and essentially a one-lane road. This works for our little town.

We still do trick-or-treating, though. We drive into the village of Rhinebeck and the kids all see their friends and it’s a great time. This year, since Laura is in 3rd grade, it was her turn to visit her pumpkin at the Beekman Arms. Every year the Inn donates pumpkins and the third grade classes carve Jack-o-Lanterns. Then, they get a hayride into town, deliver their pumpkins, and enjoys treats. It’s such a sweet tradition, and this is our last time to enjoy one of our little ones participating.

Pumpkins at the Beekman Arms

Pumpkins at the Beekman ArmsLaura decided to be practical and wear an astronaut costume to school instead of her witch costume. It was much easier to put on/take off, and play in!

 

Pumpkins at the Beekman Arms

Pumpkins at the Beekman Arms

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And that brings us up to today! I had a work meeting in Poughkeepsie, ran a few errands, went back to the library for a bit, then got home, did some computer work, made chicken noodle soup…. and I still have to finish laundry, unload the dishwasher, handwash a bunch of pots. Oh, it never ends, does it? LOL! I’m going to get back to it so I don’t have too much to do tonight and I can just relax (hopefully) and we can finish up the last two episodes of “Stranger Things.” Not loving this season quite as much as the first season, but it’s still really good. 

Have a great evening!

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