Archive for November, 2015

‘Tis the Season

November 13, 2015

Jack-o-lantern faces grow moldy, collapse
Lose all their delightfulness
And get tossed in the trash.

Ghosts of leaves impregnate the walks

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Heaps and heaps of fallen leaves
are raked and bagged,
guarded by Rudy

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They’re soon to be hauled away.

Shadows grow long – hey, get to work!

No, stay very still, Jody

No, stay very still, Jody

Flowers freeze and wilt to a moldy gray

Come on! I'm still gorgeous

Come on! I’m still gorgeous

Give them a jerk!

Dull November skies

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Open up and stream their warm sunny brilliance.

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Hopeful November!

Uh, yea, so when did you notice that first reminder in TV ads that Christmas is coming? … That subtle jingle behind dancing snowflakes, then the red bullseye from Target. Laughing couples on a snowy hillside wearing red scarves, climbing into a shiny car, subliminally coaxing you, Buy a new car for Christmas!

What’s with the incessant media blitz about this year’s extended Black Friday deals? Hear ye! Did you know? November: the Black month of discounts! Ten days of Black Friday deals now begin on Sunday! Which Sunday? Huh? Turn on the radio, don’t wander astray, Black Friday deals start today!

Black month of discounts? Ahem.

Does that spark joy?

Barely a spark.  'Oh joy'

Barely a spark. ‘Oh joy’

I’m ranting to David about the onslaught of Christmas advertising and merchandise, once again, barely into November. Except this year the major retailers have upped their game with their incessant carrot-in-shoppers’-faces with their advertising of Black November deals –

Can we please find some refuge from constant reminders that the season to spend, spend, spend (!!) is here – “Black November?”

Christmas is best ignored, David advises me nonchalantly. Give it a rest, Jody. After all, it’s only November 12! Okay. I can go with that. We settle in for a little Thursday night Football – who’s playing? Oh the New York Jets vs. the Buffalo Bills. Cool, New York rivals!

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Huh?

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What’s with their outfits?

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A bunch of sparring elves. Directly from the North Pole?

Thoughts of Christmas will not be sidelined

Uh, unless you’re colorblind. Which was, in reality, problematic for many fans trying to figure out which team had the ball. (Problematic for colorblind players, as well?) Ha! Who would have thought?

Okay. Cool. Teams spreading a little Christmas spirit here. It’s a stretch, but I’m going with it, I said to myself last night during the game.

Then today I visited David at his office, and couldn’t resist capturing the photo for ‘November’ on his Calendar.

Racing toward 
Turkey Day

Racing toward Turkey Day

Yeah. I’m settling in with this image for the rest of November.

Turkeys running for their lives? you ask.

Hey, those are Sandhill Cranes. Brings a little peace to the fray.

November House Guest

November 6, 2015

“Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast.”
– Sara Coleridge

Dull November descended on the wakening dawn mere hours after the last sightings of Ghouls and Goblins on Halloween night. Halloween? Hey, that’s ancient history. Don’t you hear the sleigh bells ringing? Nooooooo!

But, indeed, on Sunday, November 1, the Halloween decor had to go – packing away the ghosts, skeletons, spiders, witches, webs, as my first order of business. I collected them all up in a heap on the dining room table and shoved them back into a new, smaller, box. The m&m costume got relegated to a closet. I quick! smashed down the lids over the bulging contents, sealed the seam with two yards of duct tape and shoved the box away into the dark depths of the basement storage.

But the jack-o-lanterns keep their sacred berth on the front step.
They are just too …. precious:

sweetly flummoxed

sweetly flummoxed

scare-wy!

scare-wy!

Ever since our walk through a neighborhood last November 4 and this fella called out to me – I dunno…

“Hey, I barely fit in here!”
Come on, save me, aren’t I adorable?”

I can’t bring myself to murder jack-o-lanterns. Murder? Okay, smash, crush, destroy, eliminate …

Here’s our last year’s jack-o-lanterns:

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They’re in heaven now.

Yeah, so out with the Halloween, in with the …. Hey! What the heck!

what are YOU doing in the produce basket?

what are YOU doing in the produce basket?

Crap! A Halloween cargo stowaway. I’ll be darned if I’m going to go dig that box out again – haul it up here and unstrap it just to put the dumb spider where he belongs.

How about just find a new home for him?

Need a napkin?

Need a napkin?

bird eating spider

bird eating spider

In the candy dish?

curb your chocolate appetite

curb your chocolate appetite

Oh no. He’s climbed up the orchid.

spider venom fragrance

spider venom fragrance

Now in the Christmas potpourri

Yech. Too much cinnamon

Yech. Too much cinnamon

The bathroom violet

Stunning blossom

Stunning blossom

Oh, he’s dead!

playing dead, actually

playing dead, actually

I know where he’ll be when I ask my son, Ben, to pull out the china for Christmas dinner

uh, Hello!

uh, Hello!

Now about that dull November blast that brings the leaves whirling fast…

November 6, 2015

November 6, 2015

How clever are you, spider, at wielding a rake?