“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.”

Today is a lovely fall day with a slight breeze, mottled light shining through the backyard branches and birds at all the feeders. It is a quiet day. I don’t even hear cars. I do hear the snoring, especially Gracie’s. She seems herself. The next test for her is Saturday.

I have to buy cat food and litter today so Gracie and I will be out and about later. I also need some cold cuts so I can keep hiding the horse-sized pill she takes each morning.

I have started my Christmas shopping. Everything I’ve bought is on one of the guest room beds so I have to start checking what’s there and making a list of what I need. My sister in Colorado never helps. I ask and she says she’ll have to think about it. That drives me crazy. My other sister usually has one big item in mind and always asks if it is too expensive. It never is. The best part of Christmas presents is getting something you really want. I may drive my sister crazy this year as I have nothing in mind. I’ll just let her surprise me.

The three boys are getting Hess trucks for one of their gifts. They get one every year. The baby will only be 5 months by Christmas, but I figured I’d start his collection. Both babies got hand-knit stockings already, and I have ordered each of them a wooden box containing three handmade ornaments including Baby’s First Christmas. Kids are easy. Adults seldom are. To some I give magazine subscriptions including Afar, Smithsonian, Bon Appetit and Yankee. They are always a big hit as gifts. I’ll also do some hunting in local stores as I love to find different and off-beat gifts, and there are a few stores I can always count on for something special.

Well, my back is horrific today. I did too much yesterday. That’s always the way with me. It happens all the time. I am a slow learner.

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15 Comments on ““November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Christmas shopping is easy for me now. All my family want Amazon gift cards. E-mailed or Facebooked if I please, tyvm. So be it. I have some gifts for friends that I still need to think about but they are much easier than family. My friends have my weird taste. 🙂

    My back and shoulders are slowly recovering from the walnut flinging chore. My hand is not. There is damage there that might need a medical intervention. I hope your back eases up soon.

    I’m making chicken stock in the slow cooker today. It smells so good it’s making me very hungry. Piki Dog keeps wandering into the pantry and staring up at the slow cooker with sad yet calculating eyes. Rocky just stays on the porch, sleeping in the sunny chair. He knows “chicken juice” will be coming soon. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We went pet food shopping as both the cats and the dog needed stuff.

      I give nephews and nieces gift cards, but not friends or my sisters. They like presents though I do give my brother-in-law a Dunkin’ Donuts card. This year I got him one with their two cats on it. He’ll love it.

      My back was so good yesterday then something happened last night, and I woke up from the pain. I swear it is because I contort my body around the two animals. I hope your hand heals. One handed doesn’t work so well.

      Gracie does the same thing at the oven when something tasty os cooking. She’ll sit in front of the stove hoping.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. im6 Says:

    November songs, huh? Thought I’d share what once (before YouTube) was a rarity. It’s still a curiosity. Written by Gram Parsons:

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I am surprised that Peter Fonda made a record. I totally understand why it is a rarity. I almost posted this song but it wasn’t Peter. I forget who it was-I was at iTunes.

      He and Shelly Fabres have the same sort of voice, not unpleasant but not so hot wither.

  3. Hedley Says:

    I battled the snow blower, I won but at the cost of doing in my back.

    IS im6 cooler than Bryan Ferry ? You decide. Some excellent cameos which are obvious but less so the appearance of Chris Spedding

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9EbR0ckb40

    • im6 Says:

      I read yesterday where Bryan has a new album coming out soon. Avamore or something like that — supposedly music similar to the songs on Avalon, which just happens to be one of my favorite albums ever. Bryan is definitely cooler than me — and cooler than most everyone else, too.

      • Hedley Says:

        im6, the new album drops November 17th, otherwise next Tuesday, and I was ready to dip my toe in to the waters of Ferry when I saw it included a Cover of “Send in the Clowns” and Bryan was talking guff about always wanting to record that song. “Loop De Li” sounded ok but loose the friggin Clowns, please.

        Right, back to Rory and Bob

      • Hedley Says:

        Here you go im6, A first listen to Bryan’s new album down the NPR.

        I am also a huge fan of Roxy’s Avalon, but am willing to argue the toss over the excellence of “For your Pleasure”, “Stranded” “Country Life” and the first album with the chocolate box cover of Kari-Ann.

        http://www.npr.org/2014/11/09/361384563/first-listen-bryan-ferry-avonmore

      • im6 Says:

        Thanks for the link and the heads-up about the new Ferry, Hedley. I’ve spot-listened to it and it reminds me less of “Avalon” than I was expecting (hoping?). Doesn’t have the polished sheen I like so much. Rather, it reminds me more of “Boys and Girls” and “Bete Noire” with its percolating rhythms — which I like so much, but which DO get a little repetitive this time around. I’ll bet the songs sound great in person, however, with Bryan fronting a group of 3 backup girl singers doing a little dance a la Robert Palmer. Like so many others, Bryan’s voice isn’t what it once was, which is particularly noticeable on the ill-included “Clowns.” All in all, though, I like it okay and will probably like it more with more concentrated listenings.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley.
      As cool as im6 is, he doesn’t come close to the coolness of Bryan Ferry.

      It seems to me the snow blower won the war, you only the battle.

  4. im6 Says:

    I tried to restrain myself, but I just couldn’t resist… don’t know if you saw this video I shared on Facebook. It’s just about the oddest, catchiest, “best-est” thing I’ve seen all year. I keep re-watching it and just watched on full screen and it’s even better that way. Speaking of Christmas gifts — one of my friends told me she wants one of the rubber wigs featured in this video. She’s serious. But the video’s sure not! Enjoy Coffee readers…

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I did watch it when you posted and chuckled in so many places. I see the appeal of the red wig. What a mind the creator must have. I love the dancers and the animated animals together. The feathers at the end were inspired.

      • Coleen Says:

        im6,
        Thank you for sharing this…that’s three minutes and 49 seconds of my life I will never get back… 🙂

  5. flyboybob Says:

    Today was sunny, windy and almost eighty degrees. Today we celebrate our 29th anniversary. That’s 29 years with the same woman and not a grand total with several wives. Nice day but tomorrow a cold front is approaching which will drop the temperature down to a low of forty degrees. Luckily it will approach dry. Denver is getting blasted with snow today.

    If we didn’t have the winter holidays we would have to invent them for the sake of the economy. Retailers need all of us to open up our wallets to keep the recovery going. I know, it’s the thought that counts and things can be home made. I still think that we should celebrate the religious holidays and exchange gifts for New Year’s Day. Just a thought of getting cheaper prices. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bpb,
      I don’t think we got to 80˚ more than 5 or 6 times all summer let alone in November.

      Congratulations on your 29th anniversary. I hope you do something special.

      My sister in Littleton, Colorado had a below freezing day yesterday. I don’t know if she got that snow later. The cold is heading our way as it is yours. 40˚ is cold for you-stay warm.

      The summer has few holidays and the economy still survives, maybe all that barbecue meat (a joke!). I used to make the main gift for people, but I haven’t done needle work in forever. I really enjoy finding just the right gift for people.

      We joke about the same thing-having New Year’s be Christmas with all the sales.


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