Friday, November 15, 2013

Here it is mid-November

A pond down the road

Thanksgiving will soon be here. Our son and daughter-in-law are coming from a city just north of here, possibly will stay overnight. I hope so, we don't see enough of them. (Of course we could go there just as easily.)

Son here and family will be going to spend the holiday with his wife's mother and other relatives.

Winter has arrived; we have had our first frost. The leaves have been pretty here, especially the popcorn trees, which are invasive and not welcome, but I still like the fall colors!
Sunlit popcorn tree (Chinese tallow)
We also have a small crape myrtle growing under the oak tree in our back yard. It had lovely dark pink long-lasting blossoms last summer and brilliant red foliage this fall. I would like to transplant it where it can grow larger, but don't know if hubby is willing or able. Maybe we could at least clear out the undergrowth where it is. 
Back yard

This Sunday is Shoebox Sunday at church. Ours are ready, and I've paid the shipping online, so I can "Follow  our boxes" with a bar-coded label.
/http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

I have Christmas cards and newsletters ready to send early, to let friends know of our change of address. Most of them know already, but they may have forgotten, and a few may not know.
I will not start decorating until after the first of December, though. I feel that Thanksgiving is important enough and special enough to have its own time, a quiet time with orange and gold colors, pilgrims and turkeys, and thankful prayers.
Thanksgiving decorations

After the holidays are over, around mid-January, I will have knee replacement surgery! I have severe arthritis in both knees, and have been in pain, sometimes more and sometimes less, for more than 15 years. I will have them done one at a time. I am so looking forward to being able to walk and stand without pain again!