Thursday, 31 October 2013

Who's up for this year's November?

In November of last year I needed to hide in the Forest Of Toon (Tellegen) with my to-do list and a daily foray into the Land of Blog to remain sane. The year before that Frances blogged every day in November and demanded prizes for the achievement. I think the sausages were a later demand, but they have become all tied up with blogathons now in my tired and increasingly warping mind.

Reasons why I have announced to at least two people (both of whom I knew) today that November is my favourite month:

1. The slate skies and the wet footpaths are beautiful.

2. The slate skies and wet footpaths mean that winter is here,ergo it's now ok to get out everyone's thermal underwear, replace outgrown thermal underwear, and wear thermal underwear. I am wearing mine right now underneath my witch's dress.

3. November is the gloriously, peacefully, greyly empty month. It sits vacuously with the colourful riot of Autumn and its conker collecting needs on one side and the colourful riot of Christmas and its activity needs on the other. November is festival-free and serenely colourless in my book, and is my time to enjoy the advent of winter with no glittery strings attached.

4. November means that it is nonetheless time to be preparing for Preparing for Advent, our now annual retreat morning for stressed women. Preparing for Preparing for Advent is not the same thing as preparing for Christmas, oh no, mightily indeed. Preparing for Preparing for Advent means a month of my sitting quietly thinking up ways to facilitate other mums thinking quietly and catching a quiet thought with which to survive the preparing for Christmas. I love Preparing for Advent, the event. I also love sitting at home preparing for Preparing for Advent.

5. November is about catching a quiet thought that will sustain.

6. There's usually someone who decides to blog daily in November and I really like that thrill of logging in to see just what they've been up to, or not as the case may be, today...

So, my question is: who will take a turn at blogging daily this November? There could be prizes! This November's blogathon bloggiste will be...


8 comments:

Pom Pom said...

Okay, okay, okay. I'll try. For you❤️.

magsmcc said...

Oh yay! Pom Pom!! I'm putting on my Hawaiian garland right now!

M.K. said...

Oh, alright. I'll do it too :) I generally manage a post each day, so this month I will make a concerted effort NOT to miss ... even if it's just a little photo and a phrase of hello.

Your November sounds so lovely. We Americans must (of course) cram yet another major holiday/family gathering into late November, which crashes the month and totally disrupts getting ready for Advent quietly. Ah well. Thanksgiving, here we come!!

Kezzie said...

Ok, me too!!! I need to try and get back into it a bit more!!! You had me confused at number 4!!!! Like a paradox it the plot of a Grecian play!!! I like your reasons for liking November. All noble and interesting ones! X

Fat Dormouse said...

I will also try - goodness! That's rash of me! - but it will be shared between the Teapot and the Fat Dormouse. And I am not announcing it anywhere other than here, in case it all goes Pete Tong (as the yoof used to say but probably don't say anylonger!)

I've linked to you from the Teapot today

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Yay! Glad Pom is taking up the cause, because I'm not sure I'm up for it. But who knows? Maybe.

I like November, too. We do have one holiday here in the States, Thanksgiving, but for my family it tends to be a quieter, chilled-out celebration and doesn't take much planning (same menu every year, after all).

xofrances

amy danielle said...

I'll try too.

Angela said...

I will try - but right now I just want to curl up and forget blogging, school, sermons and all else and just hibernate....zzzz....