Tuesday, November 30, 2021

November Photo Album

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You might or might not remember (or care!) that at the end of October we had just arrived in Georgia for a short vacation. So that is where we started November! November 1st was a beautiful sunny day, and our walk took us right up close to a cotton field. Having seen cotton growing only from a distance before, it was interesting to get a closer look - and a few photos.




We enjoyed the hospitality of our friends so very much, and it was hard to say goodbye. Hopefully we'll be able to get together again soon!


We returned home very briefly, just long enough to return the rental car and pick ours up, and do a few necessary errands at home before heading out again. Oh, and we found the Minion!


The end of our vacation week was spent in Niagara Falls, New York. We took an afternoon to visit a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Buffalo.





There are actually three houses that are part of this estate. The smallest, the gardener's cottage, was my favorite.


Of course we visited the falls. No matter how many times we've seen them, it is awe-inspiring every time!







Back home, I went with my daughters to a paint day at church. We were very happy with our creations!


Kennady's was on display immediately at home.


Kennady was able to attend a Diwali celebration with a group of classmates. She's been taking a class learning about Indian history and culture through Bollywood movies!






Found the Minion again!


We'd originally planned to visit our son in Columbus for Thanksgiving, but it worked out better for them to come here. That meant quickly prepping the one basement room for use as an impromptu guest room. Landon and a buddy sanded the drywall, and then Landon and Spencer put together the electric fireplace heater I'd purchased for the room. How fun to see them working together!



The weekend was a whirlwind of activity - and our granddaughter is a whirlwind of energy! I didn't take many pictures, and in a way I'm disappointed. Especially that I didn't get the traditional Thanksgiving meal photo or a family photo when we were all together. Hopefully at Christmas!


See what I mean about being a whirlwind?





We had quite a spread of baked goods, but this is the only photo I took of any of our Thanksgiving feast. 



This was the sunrise as I was driving to work Monday morning. Not quite the end of the month, but I will close this photo summary of the month with this reminder of God's artistry.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

I Spy #47

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Each week Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook shares a set of prompts for photos. On Saturday she invites participants to share their photos in the I Spy 2021 linkup. I had trouble with this set of prompts, but more because I was kept busy and didn't take photos than because the prompts themselves were difficult. 

- festivities - Hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving!



- food - Usually I take at least one obligatory photo of the entire Thanksgiving feast, and I get our traditional family photo as we're gathered around the table (kind of a long story behind that, for another time), but I didn't take any photos this year! This one features some of the breads and desserts we had to finish up after the big day.



- free - I had some trouble with this one, but I thought this photo of my granddaughter running around in my son's living room captured a bit of the joy of being free. She has so much energy!



- fortune - I had an even harder time coming up with an idea for this one! I finally went back a couple weeks and chose a rainbow photo from Niagara Falls. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow would be a fortune, wouldn't it? You'd need very good fortune indeed to get the pot of gold from below the waterfall!



- your choice - Our granddaughter adores animals, and wanted so badly to love on our kitties. Unfortunately, our cats - especially this one, Merida - were terrified by the dog and rarely came out of their hiding places over the past several days. One day, my son and I were able to get Merida calmed down enough for Vee to spend some time petting and hugging her. 


iSpy 2021 is hosted by Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook. The idea is to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and do something different with your photos. Anyone can participate by taking five new photos during the week that fit the prompts. Link up during the week and have fun! 



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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Share Four Somethings - November 2021

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Seems like it should be pretty easy to think of Something Loved, Something Read, Something Treasured and Something Ahead right now, since we've just wrapped up Thanksgiving and are headed into the Advent and Christmas season! Perhaps the hardest part will be narrowing a couple of these categories down. I have family visiting this weekend too, so my time is short. Let's see how quickly I can finish this summary!

Something Loved

Music, especially live music! At the beginning of the month, it was wonderful to attend my daughter's first recital at her university. It was the first student recital given before an in-person audience at the school in well over a year. This past week we attended a concert at the school's chapel, at which our daughter's chorus performed several numbers. Of course we've been enjoying worship music at church for a long time and I don't think I'll ever take that for granted again after being limited for part of last year! I don't think I ever really did, but still.

Concerts are coming back too, and I'm looking forward to a few upcoming. I'm hoping to be able to go to the TomlinUNITED tour when it's in my area. What better way to get to live music than with a worship concert?! I was grateful to be able to participate in the announcement of this tour, and a giveaway of free music downloads.  



Visit TomlinUnited to see all the tour dates and to order your tickets today! And go to my post: TomlinUNITED Tour (Announcement and Giveaway) for more info and to enter the giveaway.


Something Read

I completed three books in November. You can see more about my reading in my Monthly Bookshelf Review for November 2021 on Just A Second, which should be live in a couple of days.

Finished and reviewed:

Behind Love's Wall by Carrie Fancett Pagels

    



Currently Reading:

As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Debutante's Code by Erica Vetsch
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

   

   


Something Treasured

How can I say anything other than family? I know I say it often, and it's the "easy" answer, but on a weekend when we've just celebrated Thanksgiving as a family, it seems fitting to mention it despite the cliche. We treasure our close family ties. We treasure our children and the fact that they have warm relationships with us. We treasure our darling granddaughter and her energy! We treasure the fun and laughter we enjoy together. Most of all, we treasure the relationship that each family member has with the Lord, and that each one is growing in him.


Something Ahead

Like so many people, we are making plans for Christmas, and hoping to get the whole family together again then. We will probably travel to be with our son and his family right after Christmas. Before that though, we have the entire Advent season ahead of us, with decorating and shopping and baking . . . and so much more! 

We are also plugging away at the redo of our basement. The new drywall is done and sanded, so we'll be priming and painting next. Looks like it's the kind of project that we'll chip away a little at a time, as we have funds and can make decisions. I bet pieces of this project will keep appearing as "something ahead" for many months to come!

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