Sunday, November 01, 2009

First Day of November

Two incredibly large Gala apples from Top Foods grocery store. I'm slicing them and serving them with honeyed peanut butter for an after-school snack for my hungry college student

Now it's November. How the year flies by! Thanksgiving is 26 days away, and Christmas is 55 days away. Think about things you might want to get done this month regarding these upcoming holidays.

Last month we thoroughly cleaned and organized our kitchens. This month it's time to reap the rewards of our hard work. Time for parties, gatherings, holidays, visitors, and impromptu game nights.


- Did you set your clock back an hour last night? Need to check your other clocks, phones, computers, car clocks, etcetera to make sure they are displaying the correct time?

- Pay rent/mortgage and bills.

- Look over your calendar for upcoming birthdays during November. Mail cards, send gifts, or send flowers to anybody on your list for this week.

- Make doctor, dentist, salon, groomer and vet appointments for yourself, pets and family members for the upcoming month.

- Are you attending any plays, musicals, concerts or symphonies this winter? Buy tickets now if you haven't yet.

- Remove any Halloween decorations, keeping up Thanksgiving and fall themed ones (unless you're the type of person who enjoys having Halloween decor out for months!) Store them safely away in a well-marked box. Leave anything that still looks autumn-related: my pumpkins are staying out and so is my orange tablecloth. Keep burning your Halloween candles, they're a great fall color. Plus, if we don't burn them up, we can't go shopping for new Christmas candles!


Let's get our dining rooms ready for the upcoming holiday entertaining season! Whether or not you are throwing Thanksgiving at your own home, you'll want a clean, organized, enjoyable dining room to eat dinner in. You might throw impromptu cocktail parties, or have friends over for a soup-and-salad meal. Maybe you'll do late-night or rainy-day crafts, spread out on your table.

I'm washing my dining room windows (taking especial care to get rid of the tape I used to hang up Halloween lights). I checked over my velvet curtains and they don't need laundering, fortunately.

I'll sponge off and vacuum my upholstered chairs - it takes about 1 minute per chair. I'll dust the table, windowsills, and baseboards. I'm going to dust the wood slats on each chair, then dust the outside of the curio cabinet that sits in my dining room. It also needs its glass windows wiped down inside and out.

Don't forget your light fixture or chandelier - mine is dusty and needs some lightbulbs replaced.

The last part of my project is thoroughly mopping the hardwood floors, using an almond-scented wood floor cleaner. When I'm done, I'll put a clean dark orange and brown harvest-themed tablecloth on the table. For table decor, I'll arrange a mini pumpkin, two candles and a vase of burgundy mums on top of it. I want it pretty, but simple and not cluttery.

I'll finish by spraying a pumpkin chai scented room spray around the room. For lunch tomorrow, I'll eat my soup-and-sandwich lunch on a fresh, clean, restful dining table.

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