Oh November, why do you go so quickly in my mind? Already we are on the fifth day. I cannot remember when I started to love November - well first of all it's my birthday month but I love the days leading up to Thanksgiving and witnessing the leaves dropping and the weather whispering winter temperatures. I love how Christmas creeps in before you've celebrated Thanksgiving too. November is usually a coat wearing month and a wool wearing month.
I've been receiving emails from all the stores giving me birthday presents for the month. Ikea sent me such an email and we made the trip yesterday to visit the store in Pittsburgh. He needed a new office chair and I picked up a few things for around the house. They were in the process of decorating for the holidays and my last photo of the gnomes on the counter was one of their rooms in progress.
Every month I give my self a little challenge. I've done daily haikus and daily sketching but this time around I am carving out one hour a day to do some cross stitching. I used to be an avid cross stitcher when I was newly married. I'd say the past 10-15 years or so I rarely stitch since knitting is my passion.
I had an outing with my aunt and cousin a month or so ago to a cross stitch store in Ohio and I purchased a baby sampler for the grandbaby-to-be so I am priming myself to get into the daily stitching habit. After all my holiday gift knitting is finished, I'll start the sampler. I'm making progress on those mitts.
My other monthly challenges that are easy for me are to read daily, knit daily and to journal daily.
Do you have any challenges for the month? Is there some new skill you are wishing to add to your arsenal? I'd love to know.
My daily walks are so beautiful - I tried to snap a photo on yesterday's walk just to show you part of it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by and reading my blog!
|Ikea display in progress|