Thursday, November 04, 2010

A Month Beginning

As we begin the month of Giving Thanks, it is appropriate to focus on a weekly event called Friday Fave Five.  Every Friday all year long, I post my list of five reasons I am thankful, five events that remind me to be grateful.  During November, Americans set aside one day, which turns in to a four day weekend, to give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy.  Some people are posting on facebook or their blogs every day in November stating what they're thankful for.  You can join Friday Fave Five just by clicking over to Susanne's blog and linking up.  I hope you will.
1.  The weather in my area has been interesting to say the least.  We have gone from rainstorms and 50 degree days last week to hot hot mid 90s temperatures this week.  The roses think it's summer again.  Normally, I don't cut my roses and keep them in vases inside, but I just couldn't resist these beauties because it's so unusual for them to bloom so profusely in November.


2. For several months, I've been following a blog 365lessthings.com written by Colleen who lives in Australia.  I've enjoyed reading about Colleen's adventures in decluttering her home one (or more) items each day for a year.  Recently, even though she has been dealing with a serious accident involving her son (prayers appreciated!), she has continued to post daily and has added a section where she lists five things for which she is thankful.  Reading her blog post makes my day better.

3. This week I've been reminded how much I appreciate my husband.  Since I have been slowly moving my diet over to one that excludes meat, dairy, eggs, oil and sugar, he has been completely supportive and willing to eat whatever I cook.  Thanks, honey!

4. The internet has been a fantastic resource for my research in to eating a plant-based diet.  I can easily find answers, information, and recipes by simply typing a few key words for my search and clicking a couple of keys.

5. November is also National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo).  I've decided to try writing a post on my blog every day in November!  Will I stick with it and complete all thirty days of posts?  Check back to find out!

So that has been Willow's Week. How was yours?  Have you found any fun and interesting new blogs to read?  Have you been challenged or encouraged by someone or something?

16 comments:

Dorothy said...

Gorgeous roses, Willow!

Tracy said...

Those roses are lifting my afternoon, Willow--beautiful! After feeling unwell for a bit now, health is in sight again. A tough couple of weeks or so with tests & such… now seeing some Light. :o) I love Colleen's blog and find inspiration there too. I admire so much your dietary changes. I'm vegetarian, but still eat eggs & oil. How are you managing with no oil? Would love to see/read more here about the food you are making/eating and any links you might have. Hope you have a great weekend now. I hope to sneak in some craft time, and I have a special order almost ready to send out. ;o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Bethany Hissong said...

Oh, the roses are gorgeous... sometimes I think there's no reason to do art because of the beauty that's already here like this! I admire your perseverance in giving up so many parts of a typical diet. Just make sure as we head into winter, that you're getting some fats so that your immunity stays high and your skin and hair don't get too dry and uncomfortable. I'm hearing more and more about how addictive sugar is (more than cocaine!!!) and I'm on the verge of cutting it out of everything I can. Thank YOU for reminding me to be thankful everyday!

Roxie said...

You've heard about those vegetarian monkeys that appear only in December? Yule Gibbons eat only roots and berries. (Say it out loud and you'll know who I'm talking about.)

I love your fave fives. And that white rose is ethereal!

ellen b. said...

Weather really has been in the news a lot. They keep talking about this being a very intense winter up here. Time will tell. Your roses are beautiful. What a fun treat. I hope your new diet yields good results for you. Have a great weekend.

Carrie said...

The weather here as been rather unusual also. Love the pictures of the roses.

And it's a great blessing indeed when husbands support new diets!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Jerralea said...

My hat's off to you with your diet. I couldn't do it - give up dairy? Never! LOL. It's great your hubby is joining in, though.

I had heard about National Novel Writing Month, but not the National Blog post month. Good luck on your goals - I bet you can do it!

kari said...

the roses are gorgeous.
I'm going to try cut out sugar from my diet - I'm not sure how that's going to go.
Good Luck with your diet and your goal for a post a day.

Lisa notes... said...

Love your roses. So beautiful. You have a very gracious husband willing to give up meat! I don't know if mine could or not (or me either. sigh) But that's great that you both are working to eat more healthy. I hope it continues to go well for you.

Sandy@Jesus and Dark Choc said...

Wow love the roses, so pretty this time of year! I am always amazed at how helpful the internet can be. I bet you can also find lots of great recipes for a veg diet.
So glad hubs is so supportive, it makes such a difference doesn't it.

Brenda said...

I love your roses, so pretty. I look forward to living in a place where I can have roses again. . . .

I'll look forward to your daily posts this month! Its not has hard as you might thing, especially if you prepost

Hazel said...

Wow thanks for mentioning NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. I didn't know such interesting info. Your roses are so lovely! "They think it's summer again" made me smile. I so agree with the internet as a research resource.

Laura said...

Kudos to you for doing NaNoBloPo! You're braver than I, Willow. The roses are just beautiful.

What a great hubby. I can't imagine mine going without those things...but I suppose he might for me!

Happy Friday.

Melissa said...

The roses are gorgeous! And a supportive husband is a major blessing!

Have a great week!

Susanne said...

Wow, brave gal going for that diet. I would have a really hard time. Does that mean no olive oil also?

Absolutely gorgeous roses.

I'm off to check you link.

nikkipolani said...

Wow, Willow. Lots of lifestyle changes. How nice of your roses to bloom for you :-) Mine usually do well in spring and then late Oct/early Nov when the weather's cooled down.