I haven't done a very good job of posting a photo a day in November.  Life kinda got in the way.  I had good intentions....

Last week was a busy one at work.  I had full clinics and as the holidays creep up on us (or rather rush at us at full speed) people get more anxious and need more reassurance and support.  I was tired when I got home from work at night. 

Our tree finally dropped most of its leaves.  We had a few days of rain and wind in the middle of the week and Thursday morning, this was what our front yard looked like.  They're crunchy right now and I love scuffing through them.

They also smell really good.

I spent some time this weekend trying to figure out a crochet pattern for one of my group members.  It wasn't difficult but I had an idea what I thought it should look like and it wasn't coming out right.  I finally realized that it was a v-stitch row and a dc row and it just repeated. 

This is yarn I spun myself and instead of making a baby blanket (which is what the woman wants to make), I cast on enough stitches for a scarf.  The yarn is polwarth/silk and I love the color.  And I always love knitting with my own handspun.  I figured I'd work it up and take it in next week.  We have a short week because of Thanksgiving this week so no group.  Pk and I are taking half days on Wednesday and going out for lunch.  Then we have Friday off so it's a nice sort week. 

Last Friday I attended a seminar on protecting oneself from the trauma we hear about from our clients.  It was a good seminar and I knit a good bit during it.  And for the first time, there was someone else there with knitting.  She was making a hat.  The women running the seminar didn't mind since the training was about dealing with stress and knitting is a good way to do that (unless of course you're involved in a complicated lace project which isn't working.....).  I have now finished 3 pairs of socks for the holidays and have a good start on the fourth.

Pk spent most of today with Emily.  He brought me a souvenir.
It's a 22 caliber shell from the gun he used to shoot.  They spent some time at a shooting range.  He enjoyed it.  Shooting the gun was fun but mostly spending time with Emily was the fun.  I have never held a gun and don't have any desire to do so.  If the zombies come, I'll have to take my chances and stand behind someone who can shoot.

I made fruit relish today and moved the turkey from the freezer into the refrigerator.  It takes up so much room.  Right now we are involved in "creative shelving" to make everything fit. I'll make cornbread and pies on Wednesday night.  This year it's pumpkin and mincemeat.  El and Pk love mincemeat (they're the only ones) and I've been promising them.  I also made sure we got a large bottle of rum for the hot buttered rum for desert with our pies. 

I like to cook so Thanksgiving is a perfect holiday for me.  It's all about the food and the family.  We are not having any company.  Kate and Patrick are going to his mom's and Em is fixing dinner for Jim's family.  It will be just Pk, Elanor and myself.  I didn't even invite my cousin.  I think the idea of just a quiet meal feels good. 

I have a lot to be thankful for.

Comments

amy said…
That sounds like an excellent topic for a seminar, considering your profession. I'm glad it was good!

We alternate, too, with Thanksgiving. We've often done just a quiet one, but we're having guests this year. One of the reasons I ordered a turkey to pick up on Wednesday is because I have no idea where it's going to go in the fridge. Five people live here--the fridge is usually only spacious the day before I go to the market!
Roxie said…
You are SUCH a good teacher! And hooray for a short work week.

We are going out for Thanksgiving dinner, as usual. Neither of us have happy family dinner memories and would just as soon avoid all that stress, so for Thanksgiving, I make reservations for the two of us, and we enjoy being pampered.

And, as usual, DH will also cook a turkey because we LIKE turkey.
Edwards said…
You are SUCH a good teacher! And hooray for a short work week. We are going out for Thanksgiving dinner, as usual. Neither of us have happy family dinner memories and would just as soon avoid all that stress, so for Thanksgiving, I make reservations for the two of us, and we enjoy being pampered. And, as usual, DH will also cook a turkey because we LIKE turkey.

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