November

This past weekend, we changed our clocks back one hour.

If you want to read a well written post about the topic, drop over to my friend Jon’s, Antilandscaper blog about Time Zone Funk.

I love that post, but I’d prefer they not change the time twice a year.

Tomorrow we vote, and the ads stop, the mail goes back to nothing but bills, the TV starts selling us Christmas stuff, and the texts and phone calls stop.

Thank goodness, it seems like we’ve been on the political band wagon for way too long.

Janis, at Retirementally Challenged, wrote a historical post on how we earned the right to vote. It is a good refresher on how hard our ancestors worked to earn this right for all of us.

Friday is Veterans Day here in the United States, I send a sincere thank you to every person who has served and for all of their families who supported them during their service.

Freedom is not free, and Veterans Day is a good time to reflect on that.

Our temperatures have been running in the 70’s which is beyond strange for November in New England. Killington Ski Resort in Vermont, about two hours west, is hosting an alpine World Cup in 20 days. They’re hoping for cooler temps so they can fire up more than 100 snow guns to get the slopes ready. Fingers crossed for them.

I’ve been taking advantage of this warmer weather and finishing up a couple more garden projects and, of course, raking a few leaves. Our property backs up to some wetlands. During the summer months, I can barely see in there because of the large trees. Now, that the leaves have fallen off the big trees, the understory is interesting to observe.

There is an interesting photo Zoom class, Snap it and App it, sponsored by University of Delaware MGs. You don’t need to be a MG to sign up for it. It looks like a good learning opportunity so I signed up.

Happy November!

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58 Responses to November

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Don’t forget the Medicare ads 😉 Raspberries in November, that’s crazy. I love the photos from the wetlands. I am always amazed by how much damage those vines can do. We fight bittersweet that grows in our neighbor’s yard and literally reaches over the fence to grab our lilacs. Sometimes, two or three vines will tangle up and grow together and reach farther without support. I pull them over the fence as far as I can and cut them off, but it’s a battle all summer. I hope you have a good week. It looks like the temps will head back to normal (if there is a normal anymore).

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  2. Voted early. Glad that’s done. Suffering through another time change – our state voted years ago to end it, but not enough others have. The heat index was 98 on one day last week – also odd for this time of year. Oh well, life marches on.

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  3. Oddment says:

    What a great post! You sure captured the moment here. We are caught in such weirdness, some beautiful, like the mild days, and some terrifying, like our politics. Your top photo makes all clocks proud, I think — that’s a beauty. And the golden trees in the understory are the things that keep us going in this nonsense. You’ve given us lots to start the week with — thank you.

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    • Like everyone, I don’t have a clue what will be accomplished tomorrow, but I sure won’t miss all the election drama. The golden trees under the giants seem to be survivors and put on a show after the big guys are done. It makes me smile to think of all that beauty just waiting for its turn to shine.

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  4. I never thought I’d be grateful for drug commercials with names I can’t pronounce and side effects that are terrifying but I am!

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  5. Murphy’s Law says:

    We can vote tomorrow, a privilege every American should exercise. Our vote won’t count if we don’t get ourselves to the polls.

    Same whacky weather pattern here. Some confused plants are blooming again and the bees are out in force. Your yellow understory trees are striking. Sorry to see those invasive vines though.

    I join you in thanking all those who have fought for our freedom, some at the cost of their own lives. May Old Glory always fly proud and free.

    Ginger

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  6. Very warm in Maine, too. On Saturday, we went over to our friends’ house for wine appetizers on their deck. We stayed out until 7:00. Feel guilty for saying this, but we really enjoyed our time on the deck. I hate it when the time changes, especially when we turn back the clocks and that extra hour of dark comes crashing down. Getting used to it gradually is so much better. Beautiful view when the leaves come down. Whatever the season, always something to admire and love.

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  7. Ally Bean says:

    I voted by mail in early October. It’s the best way to vote, no crowds, no weirdos, no political signs cluttering my way. Just me and my ballot. It’s unusually warm here for November, too. I’m ready for winter, but with daily highs in the 70s I’m wearing shorts. There’s some cognitive dissonance going on inside me. About politics in this country and the weather.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    The weather has been so amazing for November, makes one wonder, doesn’t it? Records being broken right and left. Last couple nights were around 62… like it was summer! We’re torn between enjoying it and worrying about the big picture.
    I see you’ve got a load of bittersweet out back, what a pain that vine is. I rue the day the first one was planted, it has spread like wildfire, as the birds disperse the seeds. I cut and dab it with herbicide (it looks like a bottle of shoe polish with a sponge at the top, very useful and only kills the intended stump). I learned just cutting the vine creates 5 new ones the following year, so it must be killed. I’m not a fan of RU, but needs must. I only wish I started when there were only a few out there. The horse is pretty much out of the barn at this point!
    Have a great week, Judy!

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  9. It has been strange Judy! We grilled and ate outside all weekend, even the winds were balmy. I have a bunch of dandelions blooming, my cherry tomatoes still have a few stragglers, and roses are blooming again.
    Love your shots, especially the raspberries!

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  10. It will be nice to have my mailbox not filling up up with political stuff for a little while.
    Come January it’ll be the Presidential Election we’ll be hearing about and getting mail about that.

    I tend to vote on Election Day so that’s where I’ll be heading tomorrow. Hopefully there’s not a long line. We’re expecting more snow. We had a storm last night and I woke up to find the whole valley covered in snow!

    The fall leaves and the raspberries are lovely!!

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    • From the local morning news here, the polls are packed. I hope yours is running smoothly. I wish you could opt out of at least the mailings that arrive in your mail box and send that money to a charity. To me, it is such a waste of money for me to then send it to recycling. It seems to strange that you are having snow, and we are having 70 degree days.

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      • The drive to the polling place was slow. It snowed all day. I got lucky and was behind the snowplow on the freeway going so everyone was driving 25 miles under the speed limit. On the way back I drove as slow and so did most other drivers. YEAH!
        It wasn’t crowded at the polling place thankfully.

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  11. Maywyn says:

    Lovely photos. The under story yellow leaf trees have a magic the large ones can’t match.

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  12. Nancy says:

    Crazy weather… raspberries in November?
    And I am looking forward to all the accident attorney commercials… did I just say that???
    Your understory is quite beautiful, that yellow!
    And please Vote everyone because so many gave their lives for our freedom to do so.
    Thank you for a great post!
    Enjoy the warm weather… take good care this Monday.

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    • We have some accident attorney commercials, but when we are in SC, it is a deluge of those folks. 🙂 I won’t complain about ads for a while that is for sure because anything is more welcome than those vicious political ones. Yes – check out your sample ballot, and head to the polls to check the boxes and make a difference.

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  13. Autumn showed up in a couple of days from green to OH MY! And ten days later, all the leaves — and this time ALL the leaves including the oaks — went completely bare. I suppose that could be a lingering reminder of the long hot dry summer, but I don’t remember ever seeing the trees so completely naked so early. We had some cold days and nights and now, it’s warm again. But this isn’t the first time, at least not down here in southern New England. I can remember a few years that were like this right up until just before Thanksgiving at which point the temperature dropped by 40 degrees in an hour — and winter arrived. Of course we are all deeply suspicious of unusually warm weather and with good reason.

    Don’t you find the blood moon eclipse on election night a bit ominous? I’m not big on “signs from the universe,” but you’ve got to admit, this is about as symbolic as the universe gets these days.

    We have ONE tree with leaves. Our Japanese maple is scarlet and leafy — standing against the bare grey oaks. Times are strange, are they not?

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  14. germac4 says:

    I love the clock in your first photo, is the building a cathedral?
    Veteran’s Day is so important, a great reminder of those who served and often gave their lives to keep peace and democracy in place. It seems more important than ever during this turbulent time. (Anzac Day in Australia)
    Lovely to see your gorgeous understory trees….enjoy your last days of autumn.

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  15. Joyce says:

    Reading your comments and finding out that no matter what part of the country we live in it’s been unseasonably mild. This was the first Halloween in at least five years where kids didn’t face rain, cold, or snow. I was happy for them…and myself, too, although with a amount of concern and suspicion.
    I join the rest of the crowd in a hearty “amen!” to the end of political mailings and ads. Last week I pulled a 1/2” stack of flyers out of the mailbox and tossed them into the trash, sight unseen. Bet those mail carriers feel even better than we do!

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    • Good point – I bet the mail carriers are happier than we are. 🙂 Good words for this weather are definitely ‘concern and suspicion.’ We’ve been in the 70’s and right now it’s in the 20’s. Strange for sure. Hope all the grands had a marvelous Halloween and are busy working on those Santa lists.

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  16. Helen says:

    It does seem strange to someone outside of America how often you have elections. We go once every 4 years for federal elections. Some state and local elections outside of that but its definitely less hassle. I guess because voting is compulsory here they want to make it as easy as possible

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    • Our House of Representatives elections every two years is definitely a hassle. The Senate is every four years. It would be nice if they were both every four years. Compulsory voting is very interesting. I’m guessing like most things, it has its pluses and minuses. Wish we could have coffee and chat about it because I’m sure I’d learn something new. 🙂

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      • Me too – compulsory voting seems like it cool be a good idea, but it also seems like it could be a disaster. Aren’t there some people who, because they’re forced to, just vote arbitrarily? How would that be helpful? But on the other hand, maybe getting reasonable but unmotivated people to the polls would be helpful.

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    • Helen says:

      I guess the thing is you don’t technically have to vote, you have to collect a ballot paper and submit it. They reckon about 5-7% of people deliberately return a dud ballot (draw a picture, write a rude message etc), everyone else seems to take it reasonably seriously. We have preferential voting too, so combined with the compulsory voting it does tend to push things away from the extremes because you have to convince at least 50% of the whole population that you’re going to do a reasonable job

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  17. We voted a few weeks ago yet the ads keep coming. It boggles the mind how much money is spent trying to get elected to an office that doesn’t pay nearly enough to cover the costs. Makes one wonder (okay, I really don’t wonder, I’m pretty sure it’s not about the salary).

    Thank you for the link to my post! And, I enjoyed Jon’s post about the time change.

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  18. Judy, your photo of the invasive vines remind me of the woods in middle Georgia. Thank you for the reminder that freedom isn’t free and for thanking our Veterans. We are voting in our precinct later today.

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  19. I’m scratching my head at the raspberries you were able to get this time of year. But a hearty congrats all the same (if “congrats” is an appropriate thing to say to a gardener that is). They do look good, especially when I look at how much they cost locally in the grocery store. We voted early about ten days ago, which thankfully ended most of the text messages from campaigns at least. But my email inbox continues to fill up even today. I’ll be glad when tomorrow comes. Or not, given how it might turn out. But that’s another story. – Marty

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  20. Eilene Lyon says:

    I will be glad all the junk mail and texts will be gone. Fortunately, I never have to see television ads.

    Have fun at the class. We don’t have any fruit, but I picked some especially hardy salad greens today, despite all the freezing temps we’ve had: beet greens, spinach, arugula. Would have collected some kale, but aphids…ick.

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  21. You’re enjoying unusually warm weather and here it’s been a very cool and wet spring.

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  22. Brenda says:

    This weather is just plain crazy. We are still eating out of the vegetable gardens and have not had a really hard frost yet. Last year we had tomatoes out of the greenhouse at Thanksgiving. At this rate, we’ll be harvesting them at Christmas!

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    • You could definitely be right about a fresh salad for Christmas. Without delving too deep, most people could probably adapt to the changing weather, but when we live in an area that depends upon winter sports for part of its economy, that’s an entirely different thing because that loss of income will need to come from somewhere, and I’d prefer it doesn’t have our names on it. 🙂 Happy November!

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  23. pbmgarden says:

    Judy, you always have lovely photos, pertinent news, interesting commentary and I appreciate your perspective. We finally have had a couple of cold nights. The garden still looks “okay”–not quite gutted by the cold. It was rainy here all day and dull. The rains we could have used in summer finally appeared. It’s all good.

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  24. bikerchick57 says:

    Hi Judy! Well, I am late to this, but thankfully the political ads are over for now (until the Presidential candidates fire up) and I imagine Killington has been able to make snow with the cooler weather. I wish we had those warm days back – it went from the 60’s here to the 30’s and 40’s and yesterday felt like mid January. Brrrr! Anyhow, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week and turkey day.

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