There is still plenty to do on the farm in November. We are still harvesting a few late season gems from the garden: Brussels sprouts, tiny second growth cabbages of red and green, even a few lingering florets of broccoli, among other things. We will be making apple jam this weekend, and digging up some horseradish to grind and preserve.
We are deep cleaning animal shelters and canning room floors after a busy summer. The pantry needs to be emptied, scrubbed down, and put back in better order.
Despite that long list, the pace of November is slower. The very air is more still since birds have flown and leaves have fallen. The wind skirts through bare branches these days.
The morning is a soft sigh and the night a long, deep exhalation. I feel the cool, calm of November fill my being and I breathe it in.
Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you serenity.