November rides a roller coaster, it is warm and wet one day, cold the next. The nights dip to freezing one night and stay at 50ºf the next. The heatpump goes on, then shuts off. The sweaters and jackets are worn then removed and draped over a chair until you chill again.
Saturday was sunny, windy, and cold until afternoon. Yesterday was cold in the morning, but the wind had died down and the later day was gorgeous, then it rained all night. Today is gray so far but mild and getting up into the mid 60’s with more rain tonight and tomorrow morning. After tomorrow the temperatures drop again, some rainy days, some sunny with rain Friday and a low in the 20’s. Mountain snow shower weather.
With the end of Daylight Savings time, it is dark so early and sleep schedules disrupted until the senior bodies adjust to the change. Awake earlier than I want to be as I usually awaken around 5:15 and ready to go to bed way too early to sleep through the night. We will adjust, eventually.
November is the month of birthdays, there are 6 in our family spread from the 4th to the 29th. Daughter’s is the last of the month and one daughter in law starts the next month just a few days later, but is the only December one.
Tucked in the midst of the birthday’s is Thanksgiving. We get our turkey each year from a local farm, fresh the day we pick it up. By the weekend before Thanksgiving, they are huge, usually about 20 pounds. A few year’s ago, elder son wanted to try spatchcocking or butterflying the turkey and we struggled to cut the backbone out as instructed, put a ton of herbed butter under the skin and in a very short time, like 90 minutes, the 20 pound turkey was done, beautifully browned, and juicy.
I have done one without son’s help, but it was smaller and we should have a huge one this year as we have selected one of the latest pick up dates so it can stay fresh until we cook it. Hopefully son’s family is coming and daughter’s family is coming, so we will have a houseful of family and plenty of good food.
November is the beginning of the holiday craft season with a big one I don’t vend, but love to attend coming up this weekend. The first one I vend is the following weekend. And taxes are due this month, the second half of the real estate taxes and the personal property tax on the vehicles and my shop equipment.
November is the month that a calendar is needed to just keep track of “Who’s on first!”