To Enjoy in November:

November 1st

kitchen table

1. Take myself to the movies. Fall cinema is all about Africa. Write reviews.
2. Find this book in a bookstore and examine every image while dreaming of one day having my ever-so-vain wish of being photographed by Annie Leibovitz come true.
3. Learn to bake a great pie crust. I’ve got two pies to bake for Thanksgiving — my favorite day of the year.
4. Plant a fall garden full of native species that might actually survive longer than one season.
5. Hang a clothes line on my patio. Use this to save energy. Come up with a list of easy ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Encourage others.
6. Sew holiday projects. Make cards. Knit.
7. Enjoy a 40-mile bike ride to advance in my triathlon training.
8. Do some dog-ownership research. I’m thinking Great Dane. Seriously. I’ve heard they are great dogs for small places, although my source may have been pulling my leg. Otherwise, maybe a French bulldog or any bulldog for that matter. Can you be so selective with pound puppies?
9. Plan details for my Spring trip to Africa, including a camping adventure in Zim.
10. Recognize that kindness is a boomerang. When you give it away, it comes back with great force. Thank you Catrina for this lovely painted pumpkin. I know I shouldn’t be surprised by her thoughtfulness; it suits me perfectly!

pretty pumpkin from Catrina

What will you do this month?

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  1. 1. You can always count on me as a movie date.
    2. That book looks lovely. I may come over and look through it if you get it.
    3. I say forget the pie and make that Pumpkin Crunch Cake from The Cake Mix Doctor. Its my favorite recipe in the whole book!
    4. I can kill any plant. I should never cultivate a garden.
    5. I hang all my delicates. They last longer that way.
    7. ‘Enjoy’ and ’40 mile’ should not be in the same sentence.
    8. Great Danes need lots of time with their humans. But they are SO sweet. And really good for families. And they’d be good as a running partner. ๐Ÿ™‚
    9. Camping in Africa sounds scary and exciting!
    10. I can attest to the fact that you’re one of the most giving people I know. I still can’t believe you sent me a thank-you for Mexico. ๐Ÿ™‚ And that you remembered my husband’s b-day.

  2. You know, it’s weird coming from Africa and then watching African films.

    Sometimes I feel as though they are just too personal and then I can’t watch. I feel a bit like that when watching the trailer of the Last King of Scotland. Forest Whitaker (I shared the same surname as my maiden name!) is just too creepily good in his role as Idi Amin.

    Of course I will have to watch it. Hopefully alone in the cinema so I can cry.

    I watched Hotel Rwanda when hubby was at a Depeche Mode concert and I didn’t cry – I was too shellshocked. Africa is so compelling.

    I wish I was coming to Zimbabwe with you. When are you going? My mom’s B&B is there if you decide to stay in Harare. I think you’d have a grand time camping in places like Gonarezhou and the Chimanimani. I’m not sure of the safety factor though. Strangely, when I lived there I never cared for safety factors!

    I have no idea what I intend to do this month, except to continue my ‘cleanup and simplify’ program ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll just pretend I’m you and that I have a plan …

  3. Teach you how to make a great pie crust! When are you free? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I say the bigger the dog the greater the love. If you are interested in Great Danes perhaps this site ( could be of help?

    I know if we were to add another dog to the mix I’d be looking for a Scottish Deerhound or perhaps an Irish Wolfhound mix.

    The only downfall of bigger dogs is bigger dog food bills and bigger vet billsโ€šร„รฎand you need a vehicle they fit in. Trade off I guess.

  5. This month I’d like to get more sleep. I’m so run down lately & need the rest ๐Ÿ™‚

    The pumpkin looks lovely on your table…so glad you like it!


  6. My only plans are to get ready for Christmas. Have to start early! (And Spenser’s bday tomorrow.)

  7. On the whole “clothes line” thing! Great way to save energy. Dryers use SO MUCH betweene electricity and your heating/cooling system having to work that much harder to off-set the heat coming from it. We’re lucky because ours is in the garage so not much problem there, but there is still the energy being used to run it. So we bought
    from ikea. Thats a long link! It’s the Frost Drying Rack. One of the things I love about it is that it lets me fold it up and store it away when I’m not using it! Best party? $16.99!! Check it out!

  8. Great list! I’ve never heard of Great Dane’s for small spaces but I know lots of city/apartment dwellers who own Greyhounds. They are great dogs because they don’t take up a lot of space if you home is small and they sleep a lot during the day (if you’re off at work).
    …and they are so dang cute!

  9. are you really looking at a GD? wow. that’s a lot of dog. can’t wait to see who your new friend is. i love dogs. get one or two!

  10. You are so lucky to have received that beautiful pumpkin! Lovely!!! And I will have to come over there & bop you if you get a Great Dane! You need a chihuahua or similarly small doggie who doesn’t need tons of room to gallop around. Plus a large dog will eat you out of house & home. And hey…I realized I never got the juicy details on last weekend! Do tell ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. You missed Babel, which is partially set in north Africa. Man, someday I’ll have the time to watch all these movies. My November’s going to be pretty busy.

    BTW, a friend told me that Danes rack up the vet bills. Don’t know how much truth there it to that, but worth looking into.

  12. Your list is great. I to want to learn to make a decent pie crust but alas, I’m just not sure I want to this year. As for a dog, well, I am a big fan. My personal favorite is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi though I gave in to my husband and we got a Golden Retriever that has stolen my heart. Abbie is her name and she is the best dog we have ever owned in all of my life. She goes every where with me. Thanks again for sharing your list your desires for this month are, as I always say, inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Great list. I saw a Leibovitz museum exhibit many years ago. *sigh* If only…..

    I’ve gotta get some order in my house this month – before the Thanksgiving onslaught. We have both families over for dinner – which is like 30 people in our little house.!

  14. Maybe I can help you enjoy a few of these things?
    1. Movies: I suggest Borat when you tire of being so mature.
    3. Learn to bake a great pie crust: Please try the Flaky Pastry Crust in Joy of Cooking. It’s my fave and never does me wrong.
    4. Plant a fall garden full of native species: I believe we discussed this while I was out there. If my ideas were boring, let me know and maybe I can think of new ones.
    5. Hang a clothes line on my patio: If you dry clean, find a place that uses biodegradable/earth-friendly solutions.
    6. Lera has a good pattern for easy felt baby booties that might go far with the babies on your list.
    8. Do some dog-ownership research: I have heard they are excellent apartment dogs from people who own them. However, they need at least one healthy long walk a day and shouldn’t jog until they’re at least 1 yr old.

    Enjoy your November!

  15. What a lovely pumpkin! I did some research into rescue greyhounds awhile back, they are supposed to make great house dogs and be real couch potatoes/mellow. Where in Africa are you going? I have a friend going to Africa in a couple weeks – she and dh are taking their 5 children – what an awesome field trip!!

  16. Yahooo on #8! That would be cool. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I will have to make a list of my own over on my blog… there is plenty to be done too.

  17. OOhh I love Annie too!! I have been a fan of hers ever since I can remember – she had an exhibit in DC when I lived there in 1990 and it was so cool to see the photos up close like that instead of just in a book or magazine.
    And I love dogs too…we have a boxer and two pug – they are both definitely breeds to add a lot of laughter and love to your life. Other breeds I love are frech bulldogs, brussels griffon, Japanese chins, greyhounds…I’m a sucker for big wet sloppy dog kisses:) Best of luck on your search:)

  18. What a cool list. I’m fantasizing about an escape to either Johannesburg or Mumbai as soon as I finish my PhD but I haven’t gone farther than looking at travel guides in the library. Maybe I’ll start making my own research a bit more serious! I recently rented Nowhere in Africa if you need a movie to keep you busy while you’re knitting.

    I’d suggest the Martha Stewart pate brisee recipe (and the maple bourbon pecan pie to go in it – Nov 99). It’s my stand by for fall.

    And my goal for November is to give something away every day, either an actual gift for a Nov. birthday, completing a holiday gift, giving to a charity, or donating something to Goodwill.
    I’m interested in watching you check off all your big plans for the month.

  19. What a list!! And like someone said before, don’t forget Babel……
    I have only one big issue this month, re-arrange things at home, you know, wardrobes, closets, drawners, thinhs like this, and I’m not so thrilled about it!!

  20. hi kelli!

    i like your list & sounds like you’re gonna be busy!

    even busier yet, since i have something of yours on my humble blog {smiles}…

    & for me, i’m trying to make art everyday (katspaws’ challenge for the month of november)…

    mary ann ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. yes, dogs! i don’t know much (anything) about great danes or bulldogs, but you could look into breed-specific rescue groups…that’s how we got arrow the beagle. my previous pooch was from the pound, a terrier and what a handful he was. a great little guy, i do miss the rascally fellow.

  22. go great dane! i have a friend who has had two rescued danes and they are the best best best. with a dane, you will also become an instant celebrity. “mommy look at that big dog!” “what is that? a horse?” people can’t help but come over and say hi.

  23. That painted punkin is to die for!!! Sooo darn cute!

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