Welcome to Tumbleweed Tidings End of Month Musings for November 2023. If you haven’t already subscribed to the blog, please do so, and if you have, please consider sharing it with others who may enjoy this content. Thank you.

And now for an early November beautiful evening view out our dining room window. The way the exterior lights hit the leaves made me run for my camera to get this shot. Of course, those leaves are almost all gone now, but they were sure pretty while they lasted.

November started off with me branching out and trying something new. For full disclosure, I am not a follower of Taylor Swift. It’s probably more of a generational thing. But when my daughter and granddaughter asked me to go to the movie version of the concert with them, I said sure! They were so excited to have me go and went all out by making me a “Swiftie in Training” friendship bracelet and getting me the commemorative popcorn and beverage containers. We went to a matinee and ended up being the only three in the theater. We had so much fun, and it was a good lesson for me to try new things and embrace joy whenever possible!

Do you use Advent Calendars? When my children were growing up, we had one that I had purchased at the Hallmark store. It was green cotton with 25 numbered pockets, and you moved a padded mouse through the days leading up to Christmas. It hung from a cord on a dowel, and when that calendar came out, my three children knew the countdown had begun. This year, I purchased some advent calendars more suited to adult tastes. For my husband the tea drinker, I ordered an Advent calendar that has a different tea bag for each day of advent, which he loved. For my mother the chocolate lover, I found one that gives you a small chocolate each day of Advent. They are lovely, but that little mouse calendar will always hold a special place in my heart…

We celebrated Veteran’s Day in Walla Walla, visiting my mother and watching their parade. My husband is a retired Navy veteran with 24 years of service, so it was special to see the parade with all of the pageantry. When my high school marching band passed playing our fight song, I started singing along, causing a grin from Jim. Once a Blue Devil, always a Blue Devil…

Southeastern Washington Fair Queen…
Who doesn’t love a good parade!

Just before Thanksgiving, we celebrated my husband’s birthday by spending the night in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where we had a lovely dinner at the resort and a boat ride on the lake for an early bird viewing of their Christmas lights. It was quick, but nice to spend time at one of our favorite places.

Santa reading off the “nice” list…

The birthday boy with his sparkling dessert…

We hosted Thanksgiving this year, and because we got home from my hubby’s birthday celebration the day before, I took an easier route for dinner. We had ham, instant mashed potatoes *gasp*, stuffing, gravy, a beautiful charcuterie board, and some other shortcuts. In the end, it was all delicious and we had fun playing Thanksgiving Bingo and enjoying the fellowship.

I finally found a good use for these cute cordial glasses…

In case you missed it, in November we talked about our bathroom renovation project from the pre-construction decisions to the selections to the and reveal, as well as a recipe for a delicious Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup. You can see those posts here:

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup…

Master Bath Reno – Pre-construction Decisions…

Master Bath Reno – Selections…

Master Bath Reno – The Reveal…

Glue Gun Fun…

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And that’s a wrap on November, 2023. I will leave you with a quote by Corrie ten Boom that really resonated with me, the person who spends way too much time rubbing my worrying beads.

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once.

It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

Thank you for reading and we will see you in December!

Good tidings,

Diane

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