I know. I know. It’s been a long time since I blogged, but I have reasons! First there was NaNoWriMo. Then we went to visit my in-laws for Thanksgiving. November was just a crazy, crazy month. My novel is started, and I have 13,077 words. No, I did not come close to the 50,000 word goal, but that’s okay. Next time I will know that if I want to write a historical novel, a boatload of research is going to have to be done BEFORE November 1. I did get a lot of work done, but there is a lot of research and writing to go. I am absolutely loving all the research and how the characters are insinuating themselves into my brain. I have a good start, and I’m going to keep going.

Thanksgiving was great. We had a great time with my in-laws, and all of us were able to get together. That means there was a gaggle of kids (My Hubby’s siblings have 8 kids between them, ages 10 months to 16 years old. It’s marvelous birth control). I cannot believe how much some of them have grown! We ate too much, did a lot of laughing, took a lot of pictures, and then it all came to a schreeching halt Sunday when I came down with the stomach flu. Fortunately, everyone had returned to their respective homes at that time. And being the good wife that I am, who just loves to share, I passed the bug onto My Hubby. We were pretty sick campers for a couple of days. In fact, we had to delay our flight home. But the flu ran it’s short but violent course and we flew back home Wednesday.

Today’s plan is to get by Trader Joe’s for some much needed groceries and then start pulling out the Christmas decorations. I also need to crochet a couple of scarves for church. Our church is collecting scarves for our homeless people who eat breakfast at church on Saturday mornings. The sanctuary will be decorated with the scarves for Advent, and then the Sunday before Christmas, they will be handed out.

And I leave you with what has to be one of my favorite YouTube clips of all time: Silent Monks “Singing” the Halleluia Chorus. I will be watching this through the season and beyond:

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