~ I love the month of November. For me, it signals the end of a busy summer season and the start of more time to enjoy all those inside things I've wanted to do but have put off since I felt doing those outside things were more important.
~ The grower in our area from whom we were planning to purchase our potatoes this year planted 650 pounds of potato eyes and harvested 400 pounds of potatoes. Blame the drought.
~ After I clean, sort and reorganize, putting items in a more convenient, logical spot, why can't I remember where they are?
~ Why does the last of a huge pot of applesauce just made fill only three-quarters of the last quart jar going into the canner?
~ Remembering Grandma and Grandpa's kitchen table when there were nine of us living there and the old-fashioned toaster with two sides that flipped down for you to insert the slices of bread. (Anybody old enough to have a memory of that contraption?) How did we all manage to get toast for breakfast?
~ Remembering Grandma and Grandpa's one tiny bathroom in that house. A toilet, free-standing sink and claw foot bathtub. And no running hot water unless you ran with it from a big pot on the kitchen stove.
~ How do recipes get published that are overly time-consuming, tasteless and just plain awful?
~ I'm feeling such empathy for the folks in our area who are experiencing their wells going dry because of the drought conditions we've had over the last many months.
~ Many years ago when I was out in the "working world," I enjoyed compliments on my long, manicured fingernails. These days I grump and groan about how fast same fingernails grow and too often require clipping and filing to keep them manageable for my lifestyle.
~ Crawling through an 18" opening into a visiting 3-year old's "cave" which has been constructed over our couch with our king-sized bed comforter isn't as hard as then having to back out of it.
~ It's disturbing to know that when my husband and I make a trip over the back roads to a small sawmill to pick up a quantity of lovely sawdust to use in my strawberry bed next spring, we consider it our social outing of the month.
~ I play Christmas music from the first of November through New Year's. (Yes, I do. And I'll fight anybody who complains.)