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HELLO, November

Hello, November. We’re ready for the days to fully turn cooler as we move into late autumn. We’re ready for long walks with mugs filled with hot apple cider. We’re ready to continue playing our board games late into a Saturday night, or a quiet afternoon spent working on a puzzle. 

We’re ready for Bonfire Night that you will bring this weekend and making our first apple crumble of the season with a generous scoop of homemade ice cream on top. 

We’re ready to settle into this season of coziness and candlelight and the build up to Thanksgiving. We’re ready to feast on leftover turkey sandwiches and decorate for Christmas near the end of this month. 

We’re ready for the smell of woodsmoke in the air on a crisp night, mixed with the scent of a stew simmering on the stove, while fresh bread bakes in the oven. 

We’re ready to soak up this season and to find peace in the quiet moments, for the world right now is far too loud. We welcome you, November with open arms. 

{Vintage Turkey Illustration found HERE via The Biodiversity Heritage Library | Pinned HERE}

HELLO, October

Hello, October. Even though you are apparently bringing a mini heatwave with you, we’re ready for more of a shift toward fall. We have noticed that the light is changing along with the shadows which are lengthening day by day. We’re ready for crunchy apples and crispy leaves underfoot. We’re ready for cauldrons and Halloween candy and witch’s hats and things that go bump in the night. 

We’re ready for the first cold snap of the season and the smell of woodsmoke dancing in the air while on an evening stroll. We’re ready for Friday nights spent watching some of our favourite Halloween movies while munching on marshmallow popcorn balls. 

We’re ready for clear skies and breezes that give a snap to the air. As well as moody days that lend themselves perfectly to tea drinking and book reading. We’re ready to watch Autumn be crowned in all her golden, bronze and copper glory. 

We’re ready to bake pies and work on our jigsaw puzzles and spend lazy Saturday mornings over a cup of coffee and the crossword. We’re ready to make a fresh batch of apple butter for the fall and try our hand at a new chutney recipe I’ve been holding on to. We’re ready for soups and stews and jack-o-lanterns peeking out from windows and mums dotted about in flower pots. 

We’re ready for the school fall break that you will bring and the adventures that are planned. We’re ready for you October in all your pumpkin orange, candy corn, black cats, witches flying across the moon, leaves turning golden hues and candlelit filled nights glory. Welcome, October! 

{P is for Pumpkin, Ella Ginn | Pinned HERE}

HELLO, September

Hello, September. I’m not sure I was ready for you and the back to school day that you will bring. We were busy having too much fun in August; spending days surrounded by those that we love so dearly. My heart was full and my cup runneth over in those lazy, hazy days of late July and August. 

But, ready or not, here you come and we’re going to be ready for the shifting light and shadows that you will bring. We’re ready for the days that feel more autumnal and the chance to soak up a few more drops of that golden summer glow before it vanishes completely. 

We’re ready for our house to be more back in order after coming home from traveling and some around the house projects being completed. We’re ready for those cozy, quiet, cooler weekends spent working on puzzles and listening to music. We’re ready to munch on apples and grilled cheese sandwiches for Saturday lunches while we linger over the crossword at the kitchen table. 

We’re sorry to see this summer go in particular, but we’re ready for you September. We’re not wishing away our time, but we can feel this seasonal shift upon us. As the metronome to our daily rhythm picks up pace with the start of this new school year and we find that beat that works best for us. 

Welcome, September, we can’t wait to see what you have over the horizon for us. 

{“Apples, Pumpkins, and Friends for the Picking” from A Classy Girl Wears Pearls | Pinned HERE}

HELLO, August

Hello, August! We’re ready to keep enjoying the lazy hazy days of summer. We’re ready to keep eating our weight in fruit and vegetables from the local farmer’s market. Gobbling up blueberries still warm from being picked on the way home. 

We’re ready to keep enjoying time with family and friends that we have not had the pleasure of being with in many, many moons. 

We’re ready to work on puzzles on the sunporch while the breeze drifts by. We’re ready for early morning swims and evening runs to get ice cream after dinner. 

We’re ready to stay up late eating popcorn while we watch old movies. We’re ready to soak up all that you have to offer and we’re grateful for this time off from school and the chance to appreciate being within the moment and making every second count. We’re going to drink up each day until the last drop. 

{Austrian actress Mara Lane lounging by the pool in a red and white striped bathing costume at the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, 1954. | Photo by Slim Aarons | Hulton Archive | Getty Images}

Happy Fourth of July!

🇺🇸🧨✨ Happy Fourth of July! ✨🧨🇺🇸

{Promotional portrait of American actor Sally Field sitting on a wooden surfboard with an American flag and eating a watermelon, for the television series, “Gidget”, circa 1965. | Photo by ABC Television/Getty Images | Pinned HERE}

HELLO, July

Hello, July! We’re ready for all the fun you bring this month, starting with our “Fourth of July” celebrations and watching “JAWS” in the dark. We’re ready for our “Christmas in July” party to follow not long after the 4th, where Christmas gets a summer makeover. 

We’re ready for the school year to come to a close and with that, the chance to visit with family that we have not seen in many, many moons. We’re ready for those lazy hazy days of summer that you will bring. Eating cherries while reading books, dipping our toes in the cool ocean water and feasting on homemade ice cream for dinner on hot summer nights. 

We’re ready for pimento cheese sandwiches and salty potato chip dinners on the beach and marshmallows roasted to within an inch of their life before being smooshed between chocolate coated cookies for dessert. 

We’re ready to keep grooving to the 70’s and 80’s music that has so far been the soundtrack of our summer. We’re ready for the few adventures we have planned before you come to a close. Welcome, July! We’re ready for all that you bring.  

{4th of July Bar | Paige Spearin}

HELLO, June

HELLO, June. We’re ready for our table to be heaped with heirloom tomatoes and fresh corn on the cob. We’re ready for evening to crawl in a little later, while we eat ice cream and watch the waves roll in from the shore. 

We’re ready for early morning beach strolls, hunting for shells amongst the rocks. We’re ready to stretch out on our bed, with the windows wide and read books with a bowl of popcorn between us. 

We’re ready to make fresh shortcakes, heaped high with strawberries that are nestled in pillows of whipped vanilla cream. We’re ready to listen to more Carolina beach music and dance in the kitchen while dinner is cooking. 

We’re ready for all that you bring this month as we move more fully into summer and the opportunities to drink it all in. 

{Oh, Shucks! by Paige Spearin | Pinned HERE}

Nineteen

I saw an interesting video on “Meet Cutes NYC” earlier this month, “Mailroom Love 💌”, and the filmmaker asked the couple he was talking to, what’s the secret to 50 years together? And the woman’s (Alice) response was that “it’s much harder to like a person than to love a person”. And she LIKES her husband, Geoffrey.

That gave me pause. Love is a word so easily bandied around. And you can love someone to the depths of your soul, but that doesn’t mean you can be with them on a day to day basis. Liking someone is much harder. Continuing to get up every day and not only love but like the person you are with is sometimes a difficult challenge. 

I like the person I am with. I like him in the valleys and I like him on the mountain and I like him as we traverse this space and I like him as we have continued to grow up together. All relationships are not smooth sailing, seasons come and go, storms blow in and out, but we continue to weather them together and I LIKE him and I LOVE him and I couldn’t ask for more than that. 

So, here’s to 19 years of marriage with someone that I truly love and really LIKE and respect and value and who still makes me laugh and is the only person I want to be in the trenches with. 

{“Robert Redford, US actor, and Jane Fonda, US actress, cuddling as they pose for a studio portrait, issued as publicity for the film, ‘Barefoot in the Park’, USA, 1967. The Neil Simon comedy, directed by Gene Saks, starred Redford as ‘ Paul Bratter’, and Fonda as ‘Corie Bratter’. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)” | Pinned HERE}

HELLO, May

Hello, May. We’re ready for you to continue to lengthen our days and bring us more of a taste of the summer yet to come. We’re ready for more adventures with friends, with weekends spent exploring and laughing together till our sides hurt. 

We’re ready for opportunities to breakfast on the beach, hoping to spot a seal in between bites of breakfast sandwiches and crossword puzzling. 

We’re ready for the three luxuriously long weekends you bring this month and the chance to soak those days up in each other’s company. 

We’re ready for more fruits and vegetables to appear at our greengrocers as our table spreads to include more spring greens tossed in pasta, salads, risotto and everything in between. 

We’re ready for all that you hold as we continue to appreciate the little things in each day and making the most of the season of spring. 

{Audrey Hepburn in dress from Givenchy Boutique at her home ‘La Paisible’ in Switzerland, taken by Henry Clarke for Vogue, 1971 | Pinned HERE}