It is November.
Where did that time go? We had Snowloween this year. We definitely overbought candy -- this year, only eight little ones came to the door. If we'd known, we would have given them handfuls!
All my Halloweenies have been put away, leaving pumpkins and other non-witchy fall things in their place. This little guy was new this year...
...and this one, both from the wonderful Vintage by Crystal sale. I started a small collection last year and I'm hoping they have a Christmas sale too -- then I'll have one for all the biggies!
I sometimes think November is the craziest month of my year. It comes with the last of outdoor clean-up, my annual art sale, and a good deal of holiday preparations.
While I don't like to decorate for Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving (I'm still in my PJs when I start bringing out the holiday cheer on Black Friday!) I'm doing a lot of the holiday prep -- Christmas cards need to be created and ordered; out of town/country presents pulled together and mailed and shopping lists reviewed. Dishes to wash! Hello, turkey dishes -- welcome back!
And then there is Thanksgiving. We can never seem to get our Thanksgiving act together early enough for me. I like a plan. Most of the time I don't care what the plan is, but I just want one. For the kids, juggling three families who all want kid and baby grand time, is a challenge. It often means we don't know how the arrangements will work out till closer to the date. This year is different. Hooray! We can make a plan!
A week or so ago, Rick and I went to baby sit the Toddler Twosome for the weekend. There was time for play...
...meals to make... and devour!
When they tire out you know it. They just stop.
But little monkeys who are almost three and 16-months don't tire out often!
Mostly, there were big smiles.
And when all was said and done, we were exhausted! But they aren't! (Do you remember when you could do that? And smile at the same time? I can't.)
As I write this I'm thinking I should get on the stick and finish cleaning the house and wrapping birthday presents for my friend Suzanne's visit later this afternoon. We'll have good times hitting the movies, eating at her favorite restaurants and staying up late to talk over old times. Really old times.
There are still watercolors to mat and frame and cards to slip into their sleeves for next week's sale. (If you're in the mid-Michigan area, stop by! Feel free to email me for more specific directions!)
This photo is from last year but I'll have a similar set-up this year (but also include some of my felties, and of course, the framed or matted watercolor originals).
I'm having a hard time falling back. I always do. The time change in the fall is rough for me. It doesn't help to look outside and see this.
Meanwhile, someone is wondering if she'll get enough attention.
I don't think we have to worry about that!
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