Photo by John Morgan
It’s November! I still can’t quite believe it, and while November is not my favorite month – it usually brings the first snowfall and the days get progressively colder and darker, I do love Thanksgiving and the joy and excitement that comes with the beginning of the Advent season.
So, here’s what’s inspiring me, and helping me to get through the cold and dark days.
First, I just have to mention the library. If you have not checked out your local library recently – you need to make a plan to go there this weekend or next week sometime.
We have often made the trip to our little branch library, but last Saturday we went as a family over to the big main library downtown and I was so amazed and excited about it. I mean, where else can you walk out with an armload of books, audio books, magazines, videos and even toys and puzzles (yes, the children’s section had some toys that you can check out!) and feel like you went on a shopping spree, all for FREE!
While I get a little overwhelmed because there are so many books and topics that I would love to read and research more about, I also get so excited and inspired to learn, and read about, and try, new things.
What I’m Reading:
I guess I’m on a little bit of a gardening kick – maybe because it’s getting colder and colder and we can’t be outside much anymore, I’m already thinking ahead to the warmer weather.
Really, I just want to see if there’s anything I need to do, or should do, now to get my garden ready for next spring. And my hubs decided to take on the huge project of digging up our front yard and building rock walls and beds, so I’m trying to figure out how we can incorporate more productive plants into our landscaping.
The Backyard Homestead – I was so excited to check this book about and begin dreaming about what my garden and yard might be like next summer.
Eat Your Yard! – So excited to dig into this one and see what plants we can use in our landscaping that actually produce food and not just look pretty!
Food Not Lawns – This one is interesting to me, because we are thinking of doing some type of ground cover instead of regular grass in our front yard. Hubs isn’t huge on the idea of a front yard garden, but I’m still hoping I can convince him otherwise.
Mothering Magazine – I just discovered this magazine and love it! I have missed reading magazine since I gave up all of my subscriptions a few years ago, and this one has such great information about natural living and parenting. And I love that I can read it from cover to cover, then take it back and it doesn’t clutter up my home.
What I Want to Read:
What don’t I want to read? I saw so many books at the library that I want to check out, that I don’t even know where to start.
What I’m Listening To:
Really not too much different than last month. We’ve been listening to some of David Platt’s sermons as part of our Radical small group study and I have been blown away. Really, you should listen to at least one of his sermons – they are so powerful and you may begin to view your faith in a whole new way. I suggest starting with the Radical series.
In My Kitchen
Not a lot of extra cooking going on in my kitchen since I started a new job this week and I’m just trying to make sure we have dinner on the table each night. I’m working on a monthly meal plan for the fall/winter and hope to share that on Monday as part of my Meal Plan Monday, so be sure to check back for that.
I just have to say that I love blogging and I love blogs so much. They just feel like they make the world a smaller place – you can connect with so many people, in so many different places and I love that. And I love everything that you can learn from others. I feel like blogging and reading blogs has become my continuing education now that I’m a wife and mother and home manager.
That being said, I’ve been a bit busy lately, without a lot of extra time to spend on reading blogs. But, here are the blogs that are on my must read list – not that I read them everyday, but these are the first ones I check when I have a few minutes to spare:
Friends and Family:
Natural Living Blogs:
- Frugal Granola – I have a copy of Michele’s new ebook, Herbal Nurturing to give away next week!
- Keeper of the Home
- Kitchen Stewardship
- Mindful Momma
- Simple Organic
- Sorta Crunchy
Home Management Blogs
What are your inspirations this month? Are you a little bummed about the colder, darker days, or are you just too excited about the holidays? We’ll be starting the Frugally Green Christmas Series again in just a couple weeks!
And, just a reminder, if you thought you missed out on the book sale at Keeper of the Home, it’s been extended through today (Friday)! So be sure to grab your copy of Real Food on a Real Budget for only $9.97! That’s 50% off!