Sunday Thoughts ~ “November Comes and November Goes”

“No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening ~ still all is Beauty!” ~ John Muir

pagewoman: “ Geese in the Mist by Grunvald ”

Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  I don’t know about you, but today finds me desperately trying to hold onto these last beautiful days of autumn. November, like October, is moving way too fast for my liking.  While autumn has been glorious in the ‘Mountain State,’ we are beginning to see signs of ‘Old Man Winter’ with the arrival of his good friend, ‘Mr. Jack Frost.’

“Of yellow leaves and gossamer In autumns that there were With morning mist and silver sun And wind upon my hair.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

A storm blew through our area this past week and most of our lovely yellow leaves are gone.  But I treasure the few which remain.  I thought I would share a few golden beauties, just in case yours may be gone as well. 

“Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.” ~ John Muir

“November at its best ~ with a sort of delightful menace in the air.” ~ Anne Bosworth Greene

With November in such a rush,  I must also rush to attend to a few remaining things in the garden before I can say, “She is tucked in for her long winter’s sleep.”  You probably wonder, “Doesn’t she know November arrives at the same time each year?”  Oh, but let me tell you what I have been doing.  Our sunroom looks like a drying shed.  I decided to dry our limelight hydrangeas and they have behaved beautifully, along with a few roses.  My plan is to make an arrangement for our Thanksgiving table.  I want to make the table extra special this year, as I feel the fact that we are well is so very much to celebrate.  If the arrangement manages to resemble the picture in my head, I will ask Mike to take photos.  He is quite good with a camera and you know, I am not.

Also, Mike found the candied fruit at the grocery store yesterday,  last year it was not to be found in any of our markets.  So, the good news is,  I will be making our fruit cakes the day after Thanksgiving.  A long-standing tradition for me.  

Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit and hearing about what I have been up to.  I should add to my list that much of our Christmas decorating is in the works.  However, we never have our ‘Grand Illumination’ until after Thanksgiving.  To us, Thanksgiving is far too special to be rushed through, and especially this year.

Know I wish you and yours a lovely day.


May you see the light in all the little things along your path.  Stay Well!


“Novembers are for softest sleep when skies are dark and grey. They do not mind the time you keep when night looks much like day. They do not mind the rain that falls so warmly down your cheek. ‘Rest easy now’ is what they’d say if months knew how to speak.” ~ Ellis Nightingale



Images:  via tumblr
















Leave a Reply

28 Comments on "Sunday Thoughts ~ “November Comes and November Goes”"

Notify of
Pam Richardson

Good morning Sandra. November is passing too quickly. This past week our autumn color was at full peak. Your images and quotes are perfect for this time of year. I will begin baking fruitcakes right after Thanksgiving, my Daddy and I love them. There has been a little start to Christmas decorating in the Sunshine Cottage. EM couldn’t be more excited, she has all kinds of ideas, more than I can possibly do. Have a lovely Sunday!

bonnie morgan

Thanks, Sandra for the beautiful November images and quotes. Our leaves have fallen quickly and are short-lived but I have enjoyed them.
I like to enjoy and savor Thanksgiving also. I’m not sure why so many rushes each season.
I look forward to seeing your dried limelights for your Thanksgiving table.

Penny Carlson

Since moving to Naples, Florida at the end of September, the days have flown by. It is a little funny not to have “fall” and cold weather for the first time in years. I loved your post today.

Laura Ingalls Gunn

It is hard to believe it is already the middle of Thanksgiving. It has been a gorgeous autumn and I am trying to savor every moment. Love your lovely and soothing images.

Lu Bush

Such a beautiful tribute to November and all her beauty. You are correct, the past couple of months have moved quickly. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I look forward to seeing the table arrangements.

Louise Stronach

Good morning Sandra, you are so right. When flowers fade outdoors we crave their beauty indoors and you’ve made a perfect choice with Hydrangeas. “The Amen! of Nature is always a flower”, said Oliver Wendell Holmes. What wonderful plans you’ve made and fruitcakes are such a nice traditional choice. Have fun and enjoy the your days in peace filled with joy, you deserve it. I always look forward to your writings and appreciate them tremendously. 🎄🎄🎄


I try to hold onto it too since November is my favorite month of all. I’m sure your Thanksgiving centerpiece will be lovely! I always make my fruitcakes on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, which often falls on Stir-up Sunday but not this year. I’m afraid that the day after Thanksgiving always leaves me too exhausted to do anything other than put the house back in order and eat leftovers!

Bobbi Duncan

Oh, I so agree to not rushing the holidays, for the days seem to go quickly now that I am 70, and I wish to savor every minute. Looking forward to your Thanksgiving arrangement, Sandra, which I know will be lovely. Thank you for the beautiful last vestiges of autumn photos. Hugs!

Rita C at Panoply

Sandra, looking forward to seeing your arrangement. How special that will be, and then you can save the dried flowers and reuse! I still have some hydrangeas (and, of course, lots of lavender) that I dried from ours. November is coasting right by, but the wonderful news is it has been beautiful!

Linda, near Seattle

Sandra, this has touched my heart and soul. I am so thankful for safety and health this season of thankfulness. Like you, we have put the garden to bed (mostly), and though we will be alone this Thanksgiving, I will set a beautiful table, and we will be with family in spirit.

Thank you for another reminder of what is good.

maria dolores velasco vidal

My dear friend, I see your photos and I am in love with such beautiful places. They are very beautiful images… I have copied some of them to put them on my computer. Autumn is very beautiful, its colors are wonderful … I love them. Your messages are always interesting and beautiful.
I send you a big hug only virtual because even if you were here with me it would also be virtual since one arm is disabled …
with love, Dolores

I love your update, Sandra. I’d love to see photos of your dried blooms. They sound wonderful. You remind me I need to cut a good bunch of thyme before the snow comes and new fresh oregano that popped up recently. I long to see your table display and know it will turn out beautifully. I’m feeling much the same, so grateful to still be alive here. I will decorate big time beginning the day after Christmas but before then may gently slip a few of the autumn things into storage (not all — don’t want a bare house on… Read more »
Good morning, Sandra. It’s a soft grey morning here on our Island in the Pacific, with rain drizzling down and birds flitting about the feeder outside my window. A few leaves remain on some trees, while others are bare. I like the John Muir quote about God and beauty. Truly, He created a beautiful world. I usually don’t do much decorating until the first of December, but this year I’m feeling in need of a bit more cheer and will likely begin this week with the china cabinet. We always have a real tree so that doesn’t happen until well… Read more »
Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life

Another glorious post to savour. Thank you, Sandra. Your dried hydrangea bouquet for your Thanksgiving table was stunning. I noted it in your other post. Thank you for all the beauty of photos and quotations you share in your posts so faithfully. Best blessings, Brenda xo