Monday, November 14, 2016

{ My November so far....}

"November comes
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."
- Elizabeth Coatsworth

We're about halfway through November already, and I haven't blogged anything this month, or the month before, or the one prior to that.

I don't count my Happy Homemaker Monday's or my Book reviews as actual blog posts because it doesn't really reflect what is going on in my life, on a day to day basis.

I thought it was time I came in and did a little post, showing you just a few pictures from the past 2 weeks.  Nothing fancy, nothing super exciting really, but just life, in all it's glory.

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The weather has finally cooled down and we often wake up to frost on the grass and beautiful crisp mornings.  I do think Fall is one of my favorite seasons, without a doubt.

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My not so baby girl is driving, or rather, learning to drive.  Where has time gone, I can still picture her ready for her first day of Kindergarten, all excited with the backpack on her back that seemed to engulf her little body.  Oh friends, time flies so quickly.

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This guy has been hanging around our yard, so we're taking extra care whenever we let the puppy out to potty.  I don't want him to grab him, even though puppy has all but doubled in size the past month, still, would rather not take a chance.

He is huge, the hawk, not the puppy hahaha  He decided to walk around on our grass the other day and both Curt and I were shocked at how big he was, I mean it was like the size of a cat or dog.  Scary, but beautiful and powerful none the less.


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Our baby boy Marley.  He is growing so much, calming down in his demeanor, taking more naps and really getting to know the house.

I'm not going to lie the first 2 weeks were awful, you go from not having any little babies of any kind, to having a little being completely dependent on you.  It felt like I had just had a baby, the sleepless nights, the having to watch him 24/7.  I was exhausted hahahah

But we're getting past that, even though the puppy crazies and the nipping at hands and ankles and feet are still very much an every day occurrence.  And boy do those sharp little piranha teeth hurt.

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I've also made my Winter batch of Lemon, Honey and Ginger to keep in the fridge.  I love this stuff so much.  If you want to make your own, be sure to check out my how to on this post.

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The crochet blanket is coming along nicely, I will say that I haven't had the time to work on it nearly as much as I wish I did.  The past few days I haven't been able to really do much than one single row a day and that's bugging me hahah

But I'm trying to get more done today.  The picture you see below was taken last week before I added a few more rows, I'll try to get another recent pic taken and show you tomorrow.

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I haven't exactly been the best at decorating for the seasons, like I used to.  Life has just changed so much the past few years and it's made me change along with it, which to be completely and truthfully honest with you, has made me quite unhappy with myself.

I miss decorating and making things for the home and really working hard at it, I feel like I've lost that mojo and the worst part is that I'll myself to go ahead and do it, and then when the time comes I just don't have the energy, or the motivation or the patience OR the time, as has been mostly the case lately.

But I need to make a change in that area of my life too.  It's really time to get back to ME!!!

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It was so cold in this house yesterday, that we lit the first fire of the season.  The good thing about living in the country is that we have plenty of wood available and before long, we had the most beautiful fire going and the house was cozy and warm.

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Other things going on.....well hubby is back at work, which he is thrilled about.  My Jasmine is away this week visiting her boyfriend and his family, my Nicholas is growing like a weed, he is now taller than his dad who is 5'11, and this boy is only 13 years old.  My word!!!

My brother in law dropped by as a surprise visit on Friday night, it was great seeing him.  He doesn't live too far from us, only about 30 minutes but between his busy work schedule and our busy life, it seems that weeks will go by without seeing each other.

We drove up to Oklahoma City this weekend to drop off my daughter and enjoyed a visit with Curt's Aunt and Cousin.  It's never long, we literally just go up there to drop off my daughter and then drive back home, which is a bit of a drive since it's 2 hours away.

So there you go my friends, I'm just here, living life and going on about my days.  I don't have anything exciting happening but I think it's still important to document it all right?

Oh I completely cleaned out my daughter's room and reorganized her closet.  This girl has so many clothes and just throws things around.  Drives me completely bonkers but she's a typical teenager, when I tell her her room is a mess, she tells me it's not, it's organized how she wants it.  Hahahah

Well I'm going to go and make myself a cup of coffee, and then crack on with some more crocheting.  Have a wonderful rest of Monday friends :)

PS....I'll be coming around to say hi to the Happy Homemaker Participants today, it's been forever and I feel that I need to come see you all and thank you for always staying by me, even if I am sucking at being a blogger.  Really, thank you :)

9 comments:

  1. So good to see a post from you again dear Sandra ~ Your Jasmine and Nicholas are growing up so fast. I've not seen any photos of Nicholas in ages so it's hard to imagine him being 13 and taller than his Dad.

    Your new puppy is adorable. The hawk is beautiful.

    Your crocheted blanket is a real work of art.

    The honey, lemon, ginger mix sounds great!

    Happy Fall and keep enjoying your country life ~ FlowerLady

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  2. Your blanket is just beautiful! Crochet (and knitting) is the only thing keeping me sane these days!

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  3. Beautiful pictures and crocheting! God Bless you.....your daughter learning to drive (and I pray she is always safe!). When my youngest daughter learned to drive I was so nervous. I guess I was too busy to be nervous over my other kids. Cute puppy...my favorite movie is "Marley and Me!" Andrea

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  4. So lovely to see another post in the same day.....love seeing your daily life......Marley is adorable........your blanket is beautiful.....

    Thank you for sharing.......

    Blessings
    Rhonda

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  5. So lovely to see another post in the same day.....love seeing your daily life......Marley is adorable........your blanket is beautiful.....

    Thank you for sharing.......

    Blessings
    Rhonda

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  6. its nice to see a post from you and pics..love that..hope it all falls into place and you post more often..

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  7. So fun to see one of your "daily" kinds of posts Sandra! You and your posts of those in the past are truly what drew me to the blogging world in general - so thank you!

    I love seeing your beautiful and wild country back yard. That hawk was amazing!! Yes, better keep a good eye on that sweet Marley baby. ;)

    I know what you mean about those seasons of our life when it's almost more work to enjoy those things that make us happy. Our kids getting older and things seem more work and less magical. But I think it's so good you want to get back to it all for YOU! We need to take care of ourselves just as much as everyone else.

    Your blanket is looking so beautiful! I can't wait to see the progress.
    Blessings my Friend. xoxo

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  8. Your crochet is gorgeous!!! That little puppy is so adorable!!! Jasmine driving?? Where does the time go....I have a 15 year old that will be learning soon too, so not ready for it, lol!!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  9. Always Love reading about your daily life, NEVER A BORE...I can relate even though I'm older (56) and my daughter (22) is graduating college next year --- BUT oh how I remember (as you do of yours!) her first exciting days off to elementary school and the size of the backpack. It was yesterday, haha. I'm sure of it!

    Thank you for sharing....
    hugs,
    Elizabeth

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