I have to confess that my attitude toward November has been negatively influenced by one of my favourite childhood books . . .
November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year, said Margaret, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden.
That’s the reason I was born in it, observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the blot on her nose. . .
This first week of November has lived up to its rather dismal reputation – it’s been grey, cloudy and dull. October’s blaze of colour is over and winter’s lovely bright sunshine and sparkling snow haven’t arrived yet.
But, today is Friday, and you all know what that means. We’re looking for blessings. With that in mind, I noticed something in my re-reading of Little Women – Beth’s response to Meg’s gloomy November attitude:
If something very pleasant should happen now, we should think it a delightful month, said Beth, who took a hopeful view of everything, even November.
Now that’s a statement that beautifully expresses the heart of Susanne’s Friday’s Favourite 5 ~ a hopeful view of everything, even November! 🙂
So here goes –
1. A root canal might not sound like the best place to start counting blessings but I have a wonderful dentist, who goes above and beyond the call of duty to get her patients out of pain. She and her assistant squeezed me in after hours and made my day a whole lot happier.
2. Roger and I raised a household of lego-loving boys. This commercial brings back a lot of happy memories.
3. The beginning of the cosy season
4. A record breaking bread making session. I never measure when I make bread. I use a huge bread bowl, mix in the flour, salt, fat and then add the liquid. I can tell when the dough is ready to knead by feel. I usually get about 8 or 9 loaves a batch – but this time? 12!
5. A very special event for my boys’ band Paper Lions.
They were featured this morning on Q, Jian Ghomeshi’s popular CBC radio talk show. Roger and I joined 1200 enthusiastic Islanders at the Confederation Centre of the Arts last night for the recording. You can listen to the show here. (If you’d like to listen to the Paper Lions segment only, it will be posted on CBC later today.)
I can’t believe I forgot to add this! Paper Lions’ latest video release. Filmed at a hockey rink – the iconic Canadian experience 🙂 Roger makes a cameo appearance, chatting by the boards with our neighbour Baxter.
Thanks so much for coming by.
PS – For more Friday Favourites, visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story.