Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy November!

Belated Halloween wishes.
I hope the last day of October was good to you.
Now we start a brand new month.
New choices, new energy, new beginnings.
Thank you, November, for reminding us we have so much to be grateful for.
Today is also World Vegan Day.  And since it's the season for pumpkin, I made a Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumb topping (the recipe is from Vegan Richa).  My husband usually complains about my vegan baking, but apparently this cake passes muster with him.
Went for a nice long walk today.  It helps to get the creative juices flowing.  It's still a little warm, but pleasant enough for wandering.  We are now in the growing season, my favorite time of year since there's always something new to see along the way.
If you are driven by fear, anger or pride nature will force you to compete.  If you are guided by courage, awareness, tranquility and peace nature will serve you.
(Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power)
Wishing you peaceful days.


Betsy said...

Happy November to you too! That cake looks delicious. It’s so hard to believe it’s already November. The year has flown by.

Draffin Bears said...

Thanks Tammy and happy November to you.
Love the post, all the beautiful fall colours of your crocheting and the pumpkin cake looks so good.

Maya Kuzman said...

Happy November Tammy! I just cannot believe how fast it came and I already know it is going to swoosh away. The pumpkin fever is all over me.
Pumpkin soup is on the menu for tomorrow!

Teresa Kasner said...

I've missed you! Good to see you post. Your cake does look delicious. I love your crochet pumpkin and heart. I made one of the pumpkins on Lucy's blog and love how it turned out. Now I need to make the stem. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Beautiful crochet projects, Tammy! I've never baked anything with pumpkin so far. Your cake looks yummy. Have a lovely November and enjoy your walks!
xo Julia

Linda said...

Happy November, Tammy. My birth month and my favorite.
Very cold days here now in general, but a little warmth thrown in to make things interesting ~ that's life in Illinois.

Looks like a nice pumpkin cake.
Hope you enjoy a wonderful month.


kathyinozarks said...

Happy November, I always enjoy see your crochet pieces-we all have so much to be thankful for hugs Kathy

September Violets said...

Pretty crochet makes :) I love pumpkin anything and want to pick up some more before Christmas season is upon us. It's nice when you bake something that is enjoyed by everyone, and your cake looks yummy! Sweet Jingles has a beautiful cinnamon coating ;)


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
November 2 of 2017 will be forever in my memory as it is the darkest day ever.
Pieter had a nuclear stress test taken on the 25th because his heart valves are leaking...
I'd distracted both of us from this enormous stressful period by booking 2 nights at Hyatt Place Savannah/Hilton Head Airport. Convenient for biking next day around noon on Hilton Head with our bikes that we brought on our bike rack.
It was paradise, the weather was perfect and the bike trail a dream in nature with plenty of benches for a break with a mandarin and some dark chocolate. At the end of our trail we had a stop at a Salty Dog Restaurant and sat outdoors. So relaxed for enjoying a coffee with dessert (Pieter and for me 1 bite). We biked happily back. Next day we did the Spanish Moss Trail on Beaufort, SC a former rail track. That was good too. Benches but no restaurants... We had also each night great seafood at a restaurant only 3 min walking away. Perfect. Monday the results of the nuclear stress test at 8:30 AM and I went along of course. Not good, he needed to be catheterized to see if they could do something. So we spent all morning at the hospital for blood work and paperwork for Thursday's cath. The cardiologist first said oh, I'm looking for Mr. Vedder's party, that's not you... Yes, I said he IS my husband. So he started rattling the verdict to me, from a sloppily written note where all the problems were. There is nothing what we can do anymore. All those bypasses (4) from Sept. 3, 2010 are functioning still perfect. But there was a small tumor they left alone and there were diffused small vessels that he had to leave alone. Placing a stent there would do more damage than good. Pieter will be on more meds instead and he will die from Atrial fibrillation... Having to take a diuretic for all the fluid that does flow back and will cause an edema.
I'm so heavy hearted right now and want to write my South Africa stories from 1985 so Pieter can read it back and enjoy that.
Sending you love and know that I have a 1st cousin in The Netherlands that is doing exactly the same as you are doing in a group in their neighborhood. It made me smile; sweet women!
Our Choir will perform on Tuesday at an Antique Fair for a women's group that raises money for scholarships.

Beca said...

Wishing you a wonderful peaceful creative month as well.
xx Beca

She loves to crochet said...

I love that little crochet heart. Your cake looks scrumptious, I made pumpkin and ginger loaf and pumpkin cupcakes this week. Hx

Tanna said...

That pumpkin cake looks divine, Tammy!! Wishing you a wonderful November... a month of thanks... my favorite. blessings ~ tanna
ps still LOVE your little scatterings of joy hearts!!

Kit said...

Good Morning! I love that crocheted leaf! And yes a piece of that cake would be lovely with the coffee I am drinking right now. :) Happy November! Kit

Mereknits said...

Happy November Tammy! Wishing you cooler weather, lots of beauty, time with friends and of course a piece of that yummy cake.

Angie said...

Such a simple and yet exquisite reminder to be thankful. You have inspired me to renew a previous practice to start every day thinking of at least one reason for gratitude. I don't have any pumpkin cake at the moment, but I do have two pumpkin candles adding aroma and light to a winter evening. Aaahhh. It's also a bit shocking to see greenery in your walk-about pictures - I am looking at a winter wonderland out of my window! Have a delightful weekend, my friend.

Lorrie said...

Happy November days to you, Tammy. I'm glad the temperatures will moderate for you, and you'll be able to enjoy seeing things grow. The leaf and pumpkin crochet items are very lovely.

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