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TGIF | Hello November.

Y’all, I was beyond excited to turn over the calendar page this morning to see what little boy delights awaited. All of the photos in this year’s calendar were taken last fall … and while Charlie certainly looks older, Sam seems like a whole new person. a little boy with his own personality. *happy sigh* being able to see them change month-by-month is such a blessing. and I love that the rest of this view hasn’t changed. nor has my practice of welcoming a new month on the first Friday! Here’s my TGIF Hello for November:

Thanksgiving. We’ll be celebrating at Katie’s with my mom this year. Katie has the latest Barefoot Contessa cookbook and we’ll be mixing up a few tried and true favorites (cranberries three ways, turkey, pumpkin pie) with a few new recipes (salad with roasted squash, green beans with dill). starches and a fruit dessert still TBD. I’m excited for my mom to share the excitement of turkey decorating with Charlie … and maybe Sam? Sara will be celebrating in England with my sister and her family and I’m delighted – and maybe a teensy bit jealous – for the vicarious experience of “early Christmas” in the UK.

Gratitude. Naming five things for which I’m grateful has part of my morning practice for years. But I always look forward to Michelle GD’s Gratitude Week (signup here – it’s free!) for a fresh take … and Robin at The Balanced Life has made Practicing Gratitude our mission this month (I think it’s behind the paywall, so no link to share) One of her suggestions is to Take a Negative Situation and Flip the Script … and that’s just what I’ve been trying to do since I saw these words on IG stories last weekend.

Instagram. I’ve been using this platform off and on (mostly off) for years, and all that’s transpired there this year has made me more tentative about engaging actively. I’m not sure what changed for me, but now I want to participate, especially with the knitting and book communities. (“I” also works for “investigating” and this might be mostly what I do this month!)

Fifty-seven. as in I will be completing my 57th trip around the sun this month and celebrating another birthday. The celebration will be low-key, but I am a big believer in marking all the birthdays. I’ve been listening to The Lost Art of Mixing and there is a theme running through the book about rituals. As I close in on Sixty, I’m loving the whole idea of rituals to mark all sorts of transitions. Do you have a favorite for birthdays?

Marc and I will be celebrating our 41st Georgia Tech Homecoming tomorrow. The football is probably going to be the low point, but the weather forecast is crisp blue skies … and there is something about a college football game on a sunny fall day that makes me smile.

I hope you’re finding something to smile about this weekend and this month!

Happy Friday!!



  • Kat

    I am so ready for Michelle’s gratitude week! I am in deep need of a gratitude reset! And, Go Georgia Tech!! Have fun tomorrow! XO

  • Honore´

    Enjoy the game; hope your team wins as ours – Nats- did! Go Georgia Tech Go (their nickname?).
    Love the “monthly surprises” with the calendar…and you are right, Sam is definitely coming into his own as that guitar photo revealed! Makes me smile!
    We’ve enjoyed a quiet day for N’s 86th…
    Enjoy the weekend and I’m participating in Gratiude Week and Month!

  • Margene

    My, oh, my those boys have changed! I’m very happy to see November and for my reset from focusing on myself and getting back into life (slowly). I need to put all my gratefulness into thanking my dear Smith for taking care of everything the last month. Your November sounds lovely, Mary!

  • Jane

    Little ones grow so quickly. How fun to look forward to their faces on a calendar. Thank you for the link to the gratitude prompts. I know of this blog but forget about it from time to time. Happy Friday to you too.

  • Carole

    I recently started a gratitude list of 5 things every morning and it has changed my thoughts for the better as I find myself considering what I will put on my list throughout the day. I think birthdays are a great time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we want to go and it calls for extra special journaling time for me as a result.

  • karen

    I will be meeting my son’s new GF and I’m excited to go to thanksgiving at my dad’s just because of this!! Family together is always a good good thing.

  • Patty

    It’s such a treat to watch those boys grow! And I’m glad to hear Sara will have company for the holiday. I’d be a bit jel too! Putting gratitude as a priority this month. My m-i-l has been under the weather for a couple of weeks so there is a lot to be thankful for!

  • Vera

    Happy November! This can be a grey and difficult month for so many, but I always enjoy the shorter days, dining by candlelight, warm blankets, etc. Glad Sara will have family with her for Thanksgiving! I’m not a sports person by any stretch of the imagination, but I hope you and Marc enjoyed the game and had a great weekend!

  • Vicki

    I feel the same about my grand kiddos!! Malina, especially… she was just a baby at this time last year. Your Thanksgiving sounds nice. I’m just starting to plan! (It will be low-key…)