Sunday Thoughts ~ Welcome, November !

“November comes And November goes,

With the last red berries

And the first white snows.

With night coming early,

And dawn coming late,

And ice in the bucket

And frost by the gate.

The fires burn

And the kettle sings,

And earth sinks to rest

Until next Spring.” ~ Clyde Watson


Good Sunday morning, everyone.  Our beautiful and brilliant October is leaving us but, we welcome frosty and lovely November.  I sometimes have a hard time knowing what to think of November ~ not autumn and not exactly winter.  Rather like a middle child that can often be a bit moody ~ happy in the morning and out of sorts by evening ~ or the other way around.  

However, November brings its’ own beauty and joy.  Often the first snow arrives in November,  we bake and cook a wide range of tasty deliciousness, and most of all we gather around a lovely table and give thanks.  And then, usher in another dazzling holiday season.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~ G. K. Chesterton


“As they entered November, the weather turned very cold. The mountains around the school became icy grey and the lake like chilled steel. Every morning the ground was covered in frost.” ~ J. K. Rowling

“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.” ~ Cynthia Rylant

“In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures. The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.” ~ Cynthia Rylant


November, by William Cullen Bryant


Yet one smile more, departing, distant sun!

One mellow smile through the soft vapoury air,

Ere, o’er the frozen earth, the loud winds run,

Or snows are sifted o’er the meadows bare.

One smile on the brown hills and naked trees,

And the dark rocks whose summer wreaths are cast,

And the blue gentian-flower, that, in the breeze,

Nods lonely, of her beauteous race the last.

Yet a few sunny days, in which the bee

Shall murmur by the hedge that skirts the way,

The cricket chirp upon the russet-lea,

And man delight to linger in the ray.

Yet one rich smile, and we will try to bear

The piercing winter frost, and winds, and darkened air.


Dear friends, thank you so much for your visit.  Know I wish you and yours a beautiful and peaceful day.

And. . .

A magnificently gorgeous November, full of love and joy!


P. S. ~ Wonderful things are coming !  




“November is that interesting transition from cozy fall to brisk winter. The leaves on the trees have fallen off, the sky stays an abrupt shade of grey and Christmas decorations begin to appear. How strange it is that time passes so quickly.” ~ unknown






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14 thoughts on “Sunday Thoughts ~ Welcome, November !

    1. Good morning, Pam. I agree October left us all too soon. And, I well understand fall arriving in November in the south. In Virginia, there is so much pine that one doesn’t get a real taste of autumn glory. However, around Thanksgiving the maple and gum trees are magnificent. I always wanted them to last a good while, but the wind from the ocean would whisk them away. Wishing you lovely November days and have fun playing in your cottage. ❤

  1. So beautiful! Since moving back to Florida season are totally different. We have hurricane season (which ends November 15). November and December are bracket seasons, then tourist season starts in January, lol. November is my birthday month!

    1. Hello, Penny. Living in the South is different. There are pluses and minuses to every area. Living on the coast is another world by itself. November was pretty in VA. Beach and our tourist season didn’t really begin until May/June. Wishing you a Happy Birthday, Penny and a happy November.

  2. Although I loved all your photos, Sandra, I was especially smitten with the wintry fields of hay bales. Makes me think of my childhood with fond memories. And that Christmas cake looks amazing – ’tis the season for that too. I’ve had such a lovely autumn and I’m now ready to relinquish it and embrace November. Did have a chuckle at your comment that November can be like the moody middle child. True!

    Wishing you a beautiful month ahead!
    Brenda xo

    1. Hello, Brenda. I love the photo of the hay bales too. That photo looks so much like the part of Virginia where we lived for so many years. I always bake my fruit cakes the day after Thanksgiving. I think that tradition was started as I had that day off from work. The weather is usually “True November,” so it is a good baking day.
      Happy you enjoyed the post and I thank you so much for your visit. Wishing you a beautiful month, as well!

  3. Happy Sunday, Sandra! Such a beautiful post for this lovely autumn day. Our autumn is just getting started here in Oklahoma. Fall colors and cooler temps are finally starting to arrive. Wishing you a most happy and blessed week ahead, sweet friend!

    1. Shannon, I believe your area is much warmer than ours. When we lived in VA. autumn would arrive in November and I was always thrilled. We had low 2o’s this morning and snow in the mountains. Winter is on the way here.

  4. Your description of November is absolutely spot on. I resonate with it so well. It’s a month that flies by for me as there is always much to do — when I’d much prefer to be snuggy! I’m so looking forward to seeing what’s in store with that glorious photo of the cake at the end~

    1. Jeanie, these next few months do pass way too quickly. I always make my fruitcakes the day after Thanksgiving. That rings in the Christmas season for me. We had snow in the mountains last night – so winter is on its way. Hope your art sale goes well. I know once you are there and set up you will enjoy yourself and all the people.

  5. October passed by so quickly, and I know that November will be the same. I don’t mind these quietening days when the earth drops into dormancy on the surface while life carries on behind the scenes.
    The image of the few golden leaves against the snowy lake is just stunning.
    Have a wonderful new week.

    1. Hello, Lorrie. I have never minded colder days and winter. It has its own beauty. It is always such a peaceful time as well. I know your little ones will soon be getting excited for Santa – such fun.

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