Alice has been helping me with a lot of special projects lately, and I really enjoy this, especially because little Stephen comes along and is such a ray of sunshine with his happy ways that the whole day is immediately brighter…It is difficult to decide which picture of him is my favorite today!
I’m also posting a photo of the hutch cupboard with the flying turkey plates I inherited from my grandmother (called Nana, as I am). All the Thanksgiving dinners I remember from my childhood I remember eating from these plates and I am happy that my children and grandchildren enjoy using them with me now, and hearing about long ago and far away when Nana was a little girl.
Also in this photo are two odd pilgrims I picked up a few years ago to use at this time of year, and some of my collection of squirrels and acorns. It began with a little boy in the 1950s who was a dental patient of my father’s and gave him his stuffed toy squirrel. It lived on a shelf of the Seth Thomas Clock on the desk in my father’s office, and I seem to have inherited it. Squirrels are a good symbol of the “all is safely gathered in” theme of November.
And there is also a picture of a golden tree warming the far end of my back yard, against of lovely blue sky. I think we need to cherish this gold just now. A more monochromatic world approaches. It has its own beauty, but I think I love the golden days best.