November by Thomas Hood

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Since I posted a poem last month, it’s only fair we read another poem for November. I think this one is witty and sarcastic, but in a nice way. Let me know your thoughts.

November by Thomas Hood

No sun — no moon!
No morn
— no noon
No dawn
— no dusk — no proper time of day.

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds!

November!

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October by Robert Frost

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I’m not normally a fan of poems. I’m more interested in novels and novellas and the occasional short story. But every once in a while, I’m in the mood to read a poem. I think it’s good for us to do something out of the ordinary.

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I decided to seek out a poem related to autumn. I think this poem by Robert Frost fits the bill. Do you think so too?

October by Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

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Fall Favorites

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Today (Labor Day) marks the end of summer in the US, but the truth is that the Washington, D.C. region will have summer weather well into October. Nevertheless, let’s talk about fall favorites.

Here’s what I love about fall:

  1. Wearing cozy sweaters.
  2. Drinking copious amounts of tea (but to be honest, I drink copious amounts of tea year-round).
  3. The canvas of colorful leaves.
  4. Breathing in the crisp morning air during my morning walk to the metro.
  5. Mugs of hot chocolate with whipped cream.
  6. Curling up by the fire with a good book.
  7. Puttering around the house on Saturday mornings.
  8. The anticipation of the festive season (I love, love, love the festive season and will be blogging about it this winter).
  9. Freshly baked bread (I use a no-knead recipe).
  10. Wearing fun tights.

Do you have a fall season in your neck of the woods? If yes, what are you looking forward to the most?

xoxo, Jane

September Reading List

I love books and writing about books, so just for fun I present to you four books you should read this September.

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Awful picture by me.

Sherlock Holmes

When I think of fall, I think of detectives, locomotives and old-timey London. (Yes, I really do think of all of those things during the fall months. I have an overactive imagination that never rests.)

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Another awful picture by me.

Fairy Tales

Sometimes, it’s just really nice to sit down with some fantastical stories that can be read and enjoyed in one sitting. Perhaps by the fireplace. With a big cup of tea. Do you agree?

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.

For me, fall is for fresh starts. This book could kick-start you in getting organized, whether it’s that one desk drawer or the hall closet. My advice? Start small. Don’t tackle the entire apartment. You might run out of steam and give up completely. But I really do think it’s the most incredible feeling to declutter a little and organize something that needs organizing.

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Naturally Tan by Tan France

Tan France’s memoir is funny and sweet. It’s also brutally honest and heartwarming. It can’t be easy growing up as a brown Muslim boy in a predominantly white neighborhood in the UK. He was beaten up a lot and had to hide his true self from his strict Muslim family. But somehow he got through it all, stayed true to himself, became uber successful and ended up happy and in love in Utah, USA. And he managed to write about it in a funny and heartwarming way in this memoir.

Your turn! Which books would you recommend for some cozy fall reading?

xoxo, Jane

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