This year has sailed by and I am somewhat aghast that it is November and only days until Thanksgiving. I started the month with a party to thank all of my clients who have stuck by me through all of my travails. It was a joy to open my new little home and share the life that I manage with friends. The party went most of the day and at the end I was happy and very tired.
I spent a couple of days on the Central Coast this month. It was nice to be away from my phone and not dealing with escrows and listings for two whole days. It really seemed like a vacation. The scenery was beautiful and the company excellent. It was great to get away and just as terrific to come back home.
The weather has been very odd this year. It is still warm during the day but very cool at night – down in the 30s. What amazes me is all the plants that are in bloom. I have roses in the back yard and azaleas in the front. Last week there was a beautiful camellia blossom in front and the plant is about to burst with hundreds of bulging buds. Usually in November I am looking to find a couple of poor examples of roses in the garden to bring a festive air to the table. This year it has not been a problem at all. Jan Tolmasoff of Russian River Roses fame had a rose evening in celebration of her recent published article in the American Rose, the official publication of the American Rose Society. She discussed the pairing of roses and wine (these roses don’t look like November stragglers!) and the rose perfume and oil that she and her husband, Michael. produce. Russian River Roses is located outside of Healdsburg and is the real thing for rosarians looking to purchase high quality bushes and visit a beautiful extensive garden. There is a rose allee of eight 12′x12′ arches that can take my breath away.
How I know that it is about Thanksgiving is that the Joy Road Art Walk was this last weekend. The weather was fabulous and the people came out in droves. It was wonderful to see. I managed to get in and out without buying anything but not because there wasn’t great things to acquire. I am still remembering how I had too much “stuff” to fit into my new home. That will seem even more so when I start decorating for Christmas. I have not done more than hang the stockings for the last two years since I was off to Hawaii for Christmas – but this year I will be home and spending time with my family.
Only two more days until one of the happiest days of the year. I have made my cranberry sauce and started buying for the Thanksgiving feast. I plan to do my best at the yearly sock golf (yes, that has become a tradition) and not overeat.
I look back on everything I have done this month and wonder how I fit it all in. But then I am gearing up for a busy December.