Saturday, November 19, 2011


Ok, I know I am jumping from fall to Christmas to fall, but that's sort of how it is right now. Part of why we are putting up decorations so early this year is that my dad is coming here next week and then we'll be traveling quite a bit. So, we won't be here much during the holiday season and thought we could enjoy it a little ahead of time. Plus, it'll be cozy for our house sitter! 
In the meantime autumn has finally fully arrived here. I always feel cheated out of fall when everyone talks about the leaves changing and nothing is happening here.
We've lived here now for over five years and still I forget that fall doesn't arrive until mid-November. But then it is beautiful, usually sunny and cool and dry and many of the leaves change to spectacular colors.
Then we'll have a fairly mild winter for a month or two before spring begins sometime in February. By mid-March everything will be in full bloom again!

It is only the hot and humid and hot (did I mention hot?) summer that seems to last forever. But we won't talk about that again until next year...
Still, even in November it is mild here and an eggplant bush that had come up from seed this summer finally decided to produce several beautiful eggplant. We aren't complaining, but it will probably be our neighbors who get to harvest while we are gone...
Now, on to my daily gratitude list:


Right now, I am grateful for:
  1. A beautiful and sunny fall day that is cool, but warm enough to have the windows open
  2. My dad coming to visit
  3. Breakfast at my favorite cafe this morning
  4. The internet for allowing me to connect with all of you
  5. My family and friends! For sure!! 


  1. Liebe Silke, das sind wieder wunderschöne Fotos! Wir lieben übrigens Auberginen. Alles Gute, Verena

  2. Eggplants growing in November and spring arriving in February. I think I want to come and live with you. Sounds like the kind of winter I could tolerate...
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  3. Love your photo of the eggplant!
    I am so with you about the heat of a Georgia summer, it's doggone hot!
    Hope you have a wonderful time with your Dad and happy times over the holidays!

  4. Hi Silke- you know I was just thinking it must almost time for your travels--- you must be SO excited!! So you are doing your Christmas decorations now- you'll come home to a festive holiday house!!

    Enjoy your time with your Dad- and have a great vacation--- can't wait to see pictures!

    I'm thankful for friends that I've made through blogging-

  5. Ich will auch so ein Wetter:-) Andereseits, Sonne satt haben wir derzeit auch, nur die Auberginen...

  6. Liebe Silke,

    herzlich danke ich für drei liebevolle Kommentare.

    Sonnige Grüße

  7. Hello dear one! I am thankful this week for metamorphosis, mine and yours and this blog, too. I want you to know what an inspiration you are and I hope you are full of joy and ease this holiday! Blessings, Amy

  8. Hi Silke.
    It was so mild out today that I put some of our outdoor Christmas decorations out. Soon, but much better than doing it in the frigid December temps.
    I remember that beautiful winter we had the one year we lived in Charleston. It truly was nice having mild temps all winter, but the hot and humid summer killed any desire to live there permanently.
    I'm happy for you that you are now wnjoying the beauty of Fall and looking forward to your visit with your Dad.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Silke!!
    ♥ audrey

  9. Love the eggplant pic!! Never have grown them here-need a longer season!! I have been decorating for a month now-and still have more to go-love all my decorations-so need to have them up for awhile! Enjoy your dad and happy travels!!