November is such a quiet month. I think of it as the proverbial "calm before the storm" of merry-making that is about to descend upon us. In fact, I do believe it is fast becoming my favorite month. Routines are established, the fire is crackling, and there is much holiday dreaming and scheming....but still from a safe distance. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and we will look forward to a happy feast with friends.
It isn't even such a bad month to be sick, I told myself when recently all four of my kiddos recently tested positive for strep throat.
But even with a few house-bound days, we have still managed some peaceful, quiet and fun times. Painting around the table, a field trip with friends, getting in some last fall hikes, and a visit from Aunt Melissa.
And then there is the Christmas knitting and crafting that is taking place little by little, slowly but surely. I glance at the calendar and realize how numbered the days are between now and then...and take a deep breath.
As we gear up for the coming festivities, I fully embrace right now....this lovely gentle and quiet November.