Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sweet November

"The third day comes a frost, a killing frost."-   William Shakespeare

We survived our first Nor'easter of the season, complete with about 3 inches of snow where I live.........but my hardy pink roses survived without losing any petals!  

The amount of trick or treaters was down from the last couple of years, probably due to the weather.

I am trying to deal with the fact that it is November 1st.  Seems like just a few weeks ago we were bracing for bad girl Hurricane Irene.

So now my thoughts are planning my Thanksgiving menu, how many recipes will I pull from Pinterest, or just do my 'tried-and-true' ones, and sorting through my already pared down Christmas decorations.  I will try not to lose it this season when I hear people complaining about how it is "too Christian" for them, and I will definitely stay within my budget.  No gifts I will buy for myself!! 

But the first thing I will do on this first day of November is honor my family and friends who are no longer with me.  

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace.    



  1. Barbara Is amazing the snow and was so early this year! Is the weather! Here in South america we are in spring but is sometimes hot and others col like today! Your roses look beauty! gloria

  2. It was a crazy weekend wasn't it? I'm not ready for October to end, but I guess thoughts will now turn to the holidays.

  3. Barbara, I cannot believe your rose blooms survived that snow! When I saw them encased in white I thought they'd be gone, for sure! My daughter, daughter-in-law, and myself are all chit-chatting about our Thanksgiving menu, too. I think there will be a good mix of tradition and new stuff! Hugs! :)

  4. Those are some hardy roses! What a memorable Halloween this year. And how can it already be November?? You have a beautiful way of starting it off with your memories of lost ones.
    xo Cathy

  5. I could have written this whole post, from the way I feel about where the time went all the way to plans for Christmas, to the folks who try to grumble it up.

    And I love your plans for All Saints Day, too.

  6. Beautiful Rose! I like your thoughts on this month! xo Linda

  7. My Dear Barbara,
    Oh, what an amazing vital energy, (hope the right word). Sure gives us power to see it♬♬♬
    Well, heartwarming post today, my friend. I repeated the phrase you quoted in mind. Thank you very much.
    Love and Lots of Hugs to you, Orchid*

  8. Barbara...it is a day for reflection and I'm glad you reminded me of that. And amazing how your roses survived...they are beautiful.

    Good luck with the recipe search for Thanksgiving!


  9. I can't believe the roses survived!

  10. May god bless your loved one and grant peace.
    I am so impressed that the beautiful little rose survived. Such a gentle reminder that Spring will come again.
    Have a great week, Ginger

  11. I agree, I'm a little shocked it is November. My mom's birthday is November 3rd, so your prayer at the end really touched my heart.

    I don't do a big Thanksgiving meal...no one around except sometimes my son and husband. In fact, this year I wouldn't mind going out of town for the weekend but it probably isn't in the budget!

  12. It is a day of reflection for many of us. It is good to remember those are now with Him. I hope the day was not difficult for you. Have a good evening. Blessings...Mary

  13. brrrrr....we are hoping for snow as we need the moisture sooo badly.

    I will stick with my tried and true recipes for Thanksgiving. I know they work...scared to try something new with 18 people around the table. :))

    I like to put up my tree the day after Thanksgiving...we have a small, faux one that I love. It just got too hard for us to take down and put up a big tree..the stairs to the attic seem to get steeper ea year. I bought the little 4, lighted tree about 5 yrs ago and it is so easy...I don't dread getting it down like I did with the larger one. But...I still love a BIG tree...:))

  14. Hello Barbara:
    One of the joys of the last few days here in Hungary is that 'trick or treat' is completely unheard of and that the 31st. of October and 1st. November [a National Holiday] are used to take wreaths and flowers to the cemeteries which are illuminated with candles in remembrance of the dead.

  15. Lovely thoughtful post to start the month. Not too many stop to remember; I like that you did that. We don't have snow yet but it freezes every night. We celelbrated our Thanksgiving in October.
    I was taling to my sisiter in law in New Hampsire; they have been out of electricity since Saturday; not easy when you are in your 70s and living alone.

  16. Lovely post... really made me stop and think. With the girls grown, I feel like I have more time to reflect on what really means something to me around the holidays, and act accordingly. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I still have a few roses too, amazing isn't it!
    Yes, toady is All Soul's Day, and I pray for all our loved ones.

    Love your attitude. Let's hope it will be a very Merry Christmas. But first, T'giving!

  18. Barbara Seems too early for snow doesn't it. Where does the time go Nov here and time for thinking Christmas....... had our Thanksgiving but wishing you a wonderful holiday will be interested to see what recipes you decide on.

  19. Hi Barbara! Oh, the final rose - just for you and you've shared it with us! Stay warm! I'm so excited because we have finally got some must needed rain and cooler temps! ;)
    Thanks for popping in to see my little Carter!
    Love your new header.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. Barbara~ Your roses are amazing~ there's something so spirit-lifting seeing something survive and carry on after a slap by Mother Nature!

  21. Hello,
    I visited your blog today - I saw you on 'Note Songs.' Your blog is so pretty, colorful, and full of life!! Your Halloween pictures are wonderful. Me and my daughters started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you. Your blog is filled with beauty, and I am leaving here with a smile. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  22. Your roses are very pretty! I saw a few blooms left on our azalea! ♥


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