Doing lots of menial labor today...labors of love, actually...trying to get myself back into an "Attitude of Gratitude" and start this month off right. So far, I have got bread going, vacuumed, straightened and cleaned slipcovers, taken down the sheers and washed them all, done another load of laundry that is dog blankets and afghans and such...I've hauled pumpkins out to the compost pile, gathered eggs, tended my flock and am getting ready to go out and sweep the front porch in that futile exercise to try to keep some of the leafy crap making it's way back into my living room. One of the blessings of living out here is that there are so many trees...and one of the curses this time of year is that they are EVERYWHERE. lol I have changed the dining room tablecloth to a new one I bought last year at an end of the season sale (January, maybe??) that is quite pretty and has a border of pumpkins and l;eaves all down the front and back of it. I got out 2 of the newer placemats that are that beautiful russet color ( maybe not russet--not all that much brown in them, but definitely a beautiful fall color.) and put up my little Give Thanks pumpkin between the candles to remind me to be grateful every day. It is a warm-ish day here on the Prairie...at least 60. It partly cloudy, and all the critters but one cat are outside enjoying the weather. (They hate the vacuum too, of course). lol
Ah--the dryer has stopped. Let me get those things out before they re-wrinkle. Okay. Folded and put away, transferred another load from washer to dryer and started the last load. Time to get out there and sweep that porch...but, maybe I'll sit a spell first.
Going to a womens meeting tonight at 7 and meeting up with a couple of friends. That will be nice and much needed. I don't go out much at night if I can help it...usually just too much with supper and all. And I'm tired. lol But in a minute I'm going to throw together some spaghetti for supper and I'll eat and be gone by a little after 6. I need to make myself get out of here sometimes or I'll find myself not leaving Honeysuckle Hill for days and days at a go. That's only a bad thing if I've let my panties get in a wad about something, like I have this trip. This non-trip. The getaway. lol And it has robbed me, this resentment,( the way resentments have a way of doing), of any peace in this life of mine. And nothing is worth that, really. And I was thinking this morning that I need to let it go and lose this headache I've had since the event.
Sigh...I know better than this.
SO now my little home is cleaner (still a lot to do) and the world a little better for it. My world, anyway. I really need to get all those deck plants out of my mudroom and bring in the ones I think can survive in the house and just let the rest go. The rosemary is definitely coming in. And the big coleus and the geraniums. They all are in dire need of watering...
And today is the first of November, which means that NaNoWriMo has begun. I wrote for a while this morning and am happy with what I have so far. Even have a title already, which surprised me, because that doesn't always happen for me so early. I wrote maybe a thousand words. It's like that sometimes...the words just fly out of you and then other times, you can't string together a sentence. Wish me luck--we'll see how it goes.
I'm starting to smell the bread...made a multigrain french bread to go with the spaghetti. I guess I'll nmake a salad too--had salad last night with white chili and buttermilk biscuits. It was quite good. If I make another salad today, I think I can go pick more lettuce for the fridge. There's a lot of good looking stuff out there...and beet tops and chickweed and kale and spinach and chard...and pea greens...I had no idea how tasty those leaves off the snow peas are ! Great stuff for salads. In a month or two, we'll surely be missing that stuff...
Last night I beefed up the salad with sunflower seeds and fresh sliced pear. I found one poor little carrot in the garden and had some green onion tops that I used too. Tonight's salad will be a simple green salad...nothing fancy. Salad, spaghetti and warm french bread...does it get any better than that?
K--I'm off to sweep the porch and then I shall take a shower and fold more clothes and and watch a soap opera while waiting to eat my dinner. Then I'm off to meet up with the girls....
Happy November, everyone !!