30 Days Hath November Hodgepodge

Here we are at the end of November Hodgepodge. Thank you Joyce From This Side of the Pond!

Our yards have been covered with snow since November the 7th.

1. Sum up your November in ten words or less. 

November had a scary start and a grateful, peaceful end.

2. Are you hosting any holiday parties this year? Attending any? Party pooper, party animal, or life of the party…where do you land when it comes to parties? 

No, we are not hosting any holiday parties this year.

We will be attending our first Christmas Party on Sunday December 4th in Chilliwack, Canada. Hopefully the weather will settle down a bit for our drive to Spokane for our flight on Saturday and then our drive from Bothell to Abbotsford on Sunday. It will be our first time back in Canada since the beginning of ‘you know what’. We are so looking forward to being with the Mennonite Girls Can Cook and their hubbies! We will miss our two girls that live in Manitoba for this event.

The last MGCC party we were able to attend was in early December 2019 and this was one of the amazing desserts we enjoyed at that party.

I’m not a party animal or the life of the party or a party pooper. I do like to decorate for a themed party.

3. Do you purchase holiday clothing of any sort (sparkly tops, Christmas jammies, Santa suit, etc). 

There is a festive holiday top or two in my closet. This year with limited time to shop and limited sources I have nothing new. The old sparklies are too snug for comfort, sigh.

Comfy jammies all the way!

4. What’s your go-to recipe when you’re asked to bring an hors d’oeuvre to a party? 

I like to bring a charcuterie board of some sort. This year I’m trying Charlotte’s Red Pepper Jelly Tarts (Mennonite Girls Can Cook) for a ladies brunch I’m invited to on Thursday.

5. December 3rd is National Play Outside Day…what might you do to celebrate? 

We are flying from Spokane to Seattle that morning and will hopefully celebrate our daughter in law, Laura’s birthday in some way that day or evening.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

In World Cup news, the U.S.A. advances to the round of 16 playing against Netherlands on Saturday. It was a brutal 2nd half but in the end we eliminated Iran and we move on.

Wednesday Morning Update on our overnight snowfall which is still falling this morning:

As of 7am we have 8-1/2 inches of new snow. Our neighbor has already plowed our driveway before she heads into work. We are very grateful for her and her kindness to us. I did hop out in my jammies and Uggs and slipped her some cash for gas!

UPDATE at 11:15 A.M.: We have a total of 11 inches of new snow. PTL Dear is healthy enough to shovel snow!

Lots of cancellations in Colville today because of snow. Happy we can be home and today is baking day for my event on Thursday. Perfect weather to bake!

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22 thoughts on “30 Days Hath November Hodgepodge

  1. My grandson might be impressed with me if I could spout off some soccer news. Thanks for that!

    When I think about how your month went, I realize just how far The Lord has brought your family—from the unsettling news that a Dear One’s health was in jeopardy to the fantastic result post surgery. Life will never be quite the same after the realization that everything can change on a dime. We also learn that we can trust God completely.

    So glad that you will be reuniting with the MGCC gals. What fabulous things you were able to accomplish over the years.

    That cake is beyond gorgeous! There will be new dishes and wonderful displays this year as well. Have a blessed trip without travel complications. ✈️


  2. I love your ten words. Perfectly said! I also love what Vee said: “Life will never be quite the same after the realization that everything can change on a dime. We also learn that we can trust God completely.” She is so absolutely right and has such a good way of putting things. I have been there too.

    And that cake! Absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Watching a lot of soccer here! I think I have decided I like it more than American football. This is a new revelation even though we’ve been watching for years. I think it’s partly because all my kids play it and partly because of the way the world is now, it is seeming to get a lot of hate. So as I do, I like something even more!

    • We are soccer fans and really enjoy following World Cup. Many enjoy the development of play through the 90 minutes and others can’t understand it or choose not to. Our enjoyment of the game started with our kids playing, too.

  4. Hi,
    That cake is amazing.
    Safe travels, have a great time catching up, that is one of my favorite things to do at parties. 🙂

    Regarding Soccer….
    Praying for the Iran team and their families. They are very courageous to protest their government. The taste of freedom is something that seems to be finding its way into many .. praying for those in China as well.

  5. SNOW! How pretty! We are watching World Cup too. We became fans when we lived in England because the entire country basically lives life around the world cup when it’s happening. Also, fun fact, one of the players went to my girls uni ( a small school) and my daughter is friends with his wife. They also taught at the same school one year. It’s fun to have a jersey we recognize : ) Safe travels and enjoy your party. That cake!! Wowza!

    • Joyce, That’s extra fun to know someone on the team. We feel like we know the 3 players that are/were Sounders. Living in England it would be very hard not to be aware of the importance of soccer!

  6. Oh I hope you have so much fun being reunited with MGCC. Please give them each a hug from me!! And, take lots of pictures. Can I say how wonderful it is to see your dear smiling and shoveling snow. Safe travels.

  7. There are so many things I want to say! First — the snow pictures are just gorgeous. Second – that cake is amazing!! Did it taste as good as it looks? I don’t think I realized that you are a part of the MGCC. I love some of those recipes! I’m slow on the uptake evidently!!

  8. Such a beautiful, picturesque view you have! I know the snow gets old fast for you there, but for this Southern gal, I think it would take a very long time to tire of seeing it. I always hope for a white Christmas while at our son’s in Indiana each year. Usually, I am rewarded, Enjoy your trip and time with your friends.

    • Libby, as long as the power stays on we are good with the snow. It gets tiresome when it gets dirty and brown from the sanding, etc. Have fun in Indiana!

  9. Loved your answers this week. Wow. That snow is amazing. When I was in HS, we used to go to Abbotsford for a band festival…back before passports were needed.

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