Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Easing into November
The leaves are not giving quite as colourful a display anymore and it's too early to want to think of Christmas. The weather is usually rainy and cold as well, and I wonder why didn't I book a trip somewhere warm and sunny the first week in November.
When I taught report card writing was another thing that spoiled November.
Some people don't like January but by then the days are getting longer and when you live in Vancouver you can see new growth beginning. I went away in February last year for three weeks and missed my crocuses! I am planning another trip this spring but feeling a bit sad I probably won't see some of the bulbs I planted in bloom. So January I can tolerate...
And that is another thing about November, I always end up still planting bulbs and it's cold or damp or both.
I don't think I like change in some ways. I like holidays but I am usually late in preparations and then don't want to let them go. So now in the second week of November I can feel myself easing in, content to stay home this evening and think that maybe a fire in my fireplace would be cozy.
I am going to try to embrace the Danish concept of "Hygge", the idea of welcoming winter and enjoying the "coziness". Okay, Vancouver doesn't have a very wintry winter but the nights are long and we do have many grey days. But yesterday, although it was November, was brilliant and I made sure I took advantage of it.
So embrace the darkness and find your favourite afghan to wrap up in. And maybe I will tell you the time I had two winters in one year...