Adios November. You were an incredibly surreal month and I’m not sad to see you in my rearview mirror. And that makes me a bit mad because I love November. It signals the start of the holiday season, and I adore Thanksgiving with all its food, food and more food. But yeah … that happened and my joy dimmed and fear and anger crept in.
While I processed more shock, sadness and anger in the past few weeks than I have in my 41 years of life, I also decided not to succumb to those bitter emotions either. To grieve and recalibrate — yes. But to give up? Nope. I aim to laugh, love and yes, fight. I shed no tears as I bid adieu to the confusion and hurt of November and march forward to the future with resolution and faith. But first, before we actually jump into December (and all my frantic cookie making!), let’s recap November.
Pet Funnies to Remind You to Laugh
I won’t lie people: I pinned like 200+ images on election night to keep my sanity.
I love every single picture here. The Beauty and Beast photo with the baby and dog is so awesome and I can’t wait until the live action movie version comes out. And the cat giving the bird makes me laugh. To be fair, Max doesn’t give me the finger when I scold him. He laughs because he knows that he has me wrapped around his big white mitts.
Funny Memes because It’s Okay to Laugh Repeatedly
For awhile I lost my ability to laugh and needed to remind myself that laughing was not only okay but much needed.
Cute Animal Pictures to Remind You to Love
To give your soul a little peace with these adorable, loving creatures.
My Thanksgiving Motto
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. This was my motto all weekend long.
What I’m Thankful for this Thanksgiving …
Rain! California has been in a long-term drought but we’ve experienced a few days of very welcome rain in November. Mashed potatoes and gravy and rolls and stuffing. Elastic pants. A cat who doesn’t mind snuggling non-stop. Rocking Christmas music (a few years ago I would have rolled my eyes at this). Buying plane tickets to go home to visit the family at Christmas. Good health and a strong mind. Books and more books! Flip-flops. Palm trees. The beach. Friends, family and my blogging tribe. And most all — hope.
Appetizers, Candies, Cookies … Oh My.
I love Christmas, especially all those yummy cookies and candies. This week, over at Eat Laugh Purr, I’m kicking off all my holiday treats with a savory appetizer: spicy candied bacon wrapped lil smokies. Delicious!
I have a couple sweet treats coming up and a lovely Christmas dessert, so a double thank-you for elastic waistbands.
We Gotta Fight for Our Rights!
A scant 10 days after he whom I refuse to name won the presidential election, the Adam Yasch Memorial Park (a children’e playground) was vandalized in New York City with swastikas and pro-you-know-who propaganda. Some of you may be like, “Who is Adam?” and you may know him better as MCA, a founding member of The Beastie Boys. He died in 2012 from cancer. And oh yeah, he was Jewish, which apparently made him bad or evil or less-than. I feel that Adam would strongly encourage people to fight for their “rights” as hard as possible, and in his honor, I’ve been rocking Sabotage.
A Mindful Migration Turn 1!!
That’s right, A Mindful Migration turned celebrated her first anniversary on November 16! It passed by without much fanfare because frankly I was distracted and forgot. 😀 But I did eventually remember! Thank you to all those who stop by and visit with me. I love this little community I’ve built and treasure the relationships I’ve created with you. It means the world to me that you choose to spend a few minutes of your busy day with me, and I’m so excited to continue this blogging journey with you.
The Max Man or Most Spoiled Kitty
Who runs my world? Max does. Here is the Chief Mischief Maker lounging in his toy box.
A Few Favorite Posts
Here are my favorite posts from the past month.
- Post-Election Words for My Daughter by Jana at Jana Says.
- Oh, To Be Great Again by Jenn at Optimization Actually.
- The F Word by Michael at Frankly, My Dear.
- It’s Just Beginning by Alyssa at Alyssa Goes Bang.
- Things I Love Right Now by Louise at Life as Louise.
- Our Grumpy Man, I am Belle and I hit 1000!!! by Rebecca Jo at Knit by God’s Hand.
- Be Okayby Tonya at Budget and the Beach.
- Swapping Countries: Fall vs Spring from Erin at TexErin in SydneyLand and Kristen at See You in a Porridge.
- 9 Financial Moves We’re Teaching Our Kids by Laurie from The Frugal Farmer.
- Looking Back, Counting My Blessings by Kathy at More Coffee, Less Talky.
One Last Laugh …
Yup. Still laughing.
What were your November highlights? Or low lights?