I can hardly believe that today is the last day of November. I have been blogging for years now, and have committed a few times to the #NaBloPoMo challenge, but this is the first year that I have actually pulled it off, writing on this page every day this month.
When I signed up at the beginning of the month, I had no what the results of the election would be, or that our whole family would get sick for days, or that I’d be hosting a big Thanksgiving meal and spending several days away on vacation. I also didn’t know that my husband and daughter would give me a shiny new laptop as my birthday present 10 days in, or that I’d have so many recipes and stories in me to share.
We caught the sunset above on our daughter’s first day of fall break—the pink and orange took our breath away, and my husband scrambled to get his camera and take a shot of it from the passenger seat of our car. We were rushing to something—I don’t even remember what—and this sunset made us take all focus off of our rush and back into the present.
That’s this November, in a nutshell: harried, stressful, and disillusioning, and yet also bright, colorful, and full of promise.
My friend, Susanna, wrote eloquently this month about surviving her first Thanksgiving after the death of her mother, poignantly noting how, in the darkness, those little bits of light that break through are particularly brilliant and restorative.
I feel profoundly grateful for this forum, and for all those of you who have been spending time with me, hopefully spreading a little bit of light through friendly advice and tasty food. I feel appreciative that, for the first time, blogging every day has been a joy, even as I write about difficult stuff. I’m thankful for all of you readers, near and far, and hope that as I shift back to regular Monday and Thursday installments (with occasional bonus content), we can continue to enjoy these moments (and recipes) together.
To that end, please drop me a line—either in comments, or through my Submit a Letter or Question form, to let me know how you have used the content here. Should you like to send me a photo, you can find my on Facebook, too.
I’ve got some great stuff on deck for December, and I can’t wait to share it with you.
Daily blogging challenge = done.