Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I have vowed to myself to really enjoy November as the last chapter of autumn. I don't want to rush the upcoming Christmas season as I often do. I want to savour the season for the small amount of time that remains. I want to really see the last of the leaves turning and watch them lazily fall to the ground.
Today, I will be putting my Halloween decorations away for another year. I am going to rework my autumn decorations to make them seem new again.
I 'played' in my living room with changing some things around yesterday while the finishing was done in the bathroom upstairs. We started cleaning it up yesterday and I will try to finish it and do the decorating touches in the new few days. I should be sharing some before and after photos with you this weekend. I have my fingers crossed that I will be finished by then. I am really pleased with the new floor and toilet. I have also used oil on the sink cupboard which has really made a difference. Thank you all for your encouraging words about the renovations. Next week, we hope to get started on the downstairs half bath.
I leave you with this beautiful verse which sums up my feelings on this first day of November:
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
~~ Clyde Watson ~~
Painting by Mary Cassett ~ "Autumn"
A few responses:
Becky ~ When will you be starting on your new bathroom? I am sorry to hear you have had a leak. We just needed to update a bathroom which was finished to cheaply during the build of this house. A few small changes have made all the difference. We have very inexpensive toilets in this house with a plastic reservoir which has turned yellow and grey with age. They also sound like they are on their last legs. Funny but I now find a 'normal' porcelain toilet a luxury in life.
Margaret ~ Guess what? You WILL be here standing in front of my bookshelves browsing at the titles come May! Isn't that a fun idea? I just know that May will be here before we know it and I can't wait until you and the others arrive for the get together.
Nan ~ You are on my mind this morning as I write this blog entry. I hope you enjoy the quote and then wonder if you will have it by chance on your blog too...
Mary ~ What a joy to see your sweet comments yesterday! I am so very glad you are back home again as I really did miss you. Thank you for all you said and I am glad you have caught back up again. I hope you had a fun Halloween day and we will see your granddaughter dressed up and holding sessions in the gazebo? By the way, I can't wait to finally get back to the cottage this weekend and look for more toadstools. We have been unable to go the entire month of October. I am afraid I have a very sad Cranberry Cottage.
*** I wrote this on Thursday, November 1st here in Holland but it dates according to time in the US so it appears I wrote it on Wednesday. ***