dear november

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.
― S. Levenson

I’ve waited until the end of the month again to write this letter. For the first time in a very long time I have gone full on into Holiday decorating. This includes a Christmas tree which I got a super deal on last Sunday. Life spat on me a bit the past couple weeks so I spat back a Christmas tree and glitter and various sparklies. The house even smells like Christmas. I’ve got balsam and a mix of spices mingling with essential oils nightly in my little simmer pot.  And the requisite “spruce” scented candle is doing a great job freshening up the living room. Misha, the little cat, has never seen an actual Christmas tree. He’s snacked on it a few times but it’s still standing tall (day 4, fingers crossed).

I’ve dug into my “eats” Pinterest board and tried a small variety of recipes. Totally in testing stages at the moment but I’m pretty sure I will revisit these recipes next month when it’s time to exchange gifts. I prefer the gifts I give to be 1. Useful and/or 2. Handmade. Food gifts are always a good bet. Last year I gave handmade candles, balsam sachets, scarves, calendars (like these) and bottles of my favorite wine. This year will be the same…except after all this recipe testing I’ve got  a few more tricks up my sleeve.

I’ll be traveling tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with family. I haven’t had a family Thanksgiving since before my divorce. That’s roughly a decade ago. There will be a lot of crafting going on! I’ll try to take pictures, if my fingers aren’t too sticky with glitter glue.

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody, be safe.