Tea Chat | November

Christmas time has arrived, and yet it seemed it has been here for longer than the month of November. It seems like everywhere I turned in November was a reminder of Christmas. A week before Thanksgiving, the local Christian radio station switched over to non-stop Christmas music right as I got off work one evening.

But this is a post about November right? It was autumn for the first two weeks of November and then BAM, the cold weather started to come in with icy mornings and snow falling in the mountains. Still the pumpkin I picked from the pumpkin patch in October was still going strong by the time Thanksgiving was done (no we did not carve it). November is a more slow pace month this year, and it showed with only a few major things happening at the end of the month as it was transitioning into December.

Tea of the month: Trader Joe’s Autumn Blend


Anytime we have elections happening in our state, I go offline for about two weeks. Over the years I have learned to keep off social media going into the elections and after. It has become a boundary that I have with everyone in my life, and is one I do not cross no matter what. There was some awkward moments at work when I repeated the line “I voted,” and get back to what I was doing. As I said, no one needs to know.

Sledding Down The Stairs…

I have fallen down stairs in the past with just a little soreness for a day or two, but nothing prepared me for sledding down carpeted stairs and landing hard on my butt. It hurt to the point when sitting in a certain position really is painful, and knowing I had done this years ago in England, I may have hit where the previous injury happened. I am currently still healing from it, and will be for another month of two. Fingers cross no one sliding down the stairs in the near future.


Friends giving was back after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic among us friends. It was the first time it was done during a weekday since most of us are now in that stage of life where our weekends are booked. Who knew that we would lose a few people along the way to life’s circumstances either.

The dinner was cozy with a few of us, and the food we all brought to the dinner was delicious.

On the menu…

  • Turkey
  • Corn casserole
  • Green bean casserole
  • Buttered mash potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Brown gravy
  • Spiced apple cheesecake
  • Pumpkin spiced molasses cookies
  • Sparkling Pear and Cranberry Juice
  • Apple twist


Thanksgiving was quiet and spend watching the new Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

On the Menu…

  • Turkey breast
  • Cranberry jalapeno jam
  • Stuffing
  • Brown gravy
  • Red Lobster cheddar biscuits
  • Berry crumble
  • Sparkling Juice, cranberry

A Christmas Play….

I am not into the whole Black Friday shopping since my time as a retail associate for a now defunct department store. I rather spend it doing something better like going to a Christmas play or some other Christmas activity. This year I got tickets to a play at the Taproot Theater in Seattle. The Wickham’s Christmas at Pemberley. Overall it was a really great play to get into the holiday spirit and one with my favorite characters from a book I love. It is the sequel to another play I had seen a few years ago, Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley. Hopefully there will be more Christmas plays in the future as I missed them for the time we were in the pandemic.

If you are in the Seattle area over the holidays, check it out, it runs from Thanksgiving through December 30th.

Novel In A Month….

For the past month I have been plugging away with writing a whole novel in one month. Well…. the rough draft at least. The whole month I had to write upwards of 1,700 words a day to have 50,000 words by the end of the month. With the 50,000 words equal to a novel, I have now the beginnings of a novel that could one day be on Amazon. Who knows! For now I am going to take a break from it for the rest of the year.

On The Blog This Month:
Finished The Bridesmaid Diaries Series

Shows Watched This Month:
Enola Holms 2 – Netflix
Dubai Bling – Netflix
Miss Scarlett and the Duke – PBS Masterpiece
No Time To Die (James Bond Movie) – Prime
Last Christmas – Peacock NBC

Books Read This Month:
A Detective’s Life: Sherlock Holms – Martin Rosenstock
Yes, I’m A Women and I’m Traveling Alone – Alyssa Ramos

Now that the festive season has started, I need to put last touches on the tree. See you in the next one!

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