Oh my goodness! I can’t believe it’s been a month since we last checked in. It’s been hectic around here with work, house to-dos, and general holiday hoopla. Part of me is looking forward to things wrapping up in a few weeks so things can get back to normal! I’ll share some photos of our holiday decor next week, but first I wanted to share some of my favorite November snapshots and memories.
Left to right; top to bottom:
1 – Swinging by the Wisconsin State Capitol to peek at its understated holiday decor before getting cocktails on a relaxed Sunday afternoon.
2 – Picking out our first Christmas tree for the house!
3 – Insisting that Bacon come out and play in the fall leaves. He wasn’t very enthused and insisted on heading back inside shortly after.
4 – An autumn walk at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.
5 – We had a lot of unseasonably warm days in November this year and tried to get out as much as possible. There was one day that was unbelievably windy, yet made for pretty pictures of the lake.
6 – The doorbell that was mounted to our house was missing the push button. We looked at some buttons at places like Home Depot, but hated every design. We also looked at buttons at expensive retailers and didn’t feel like spending $50 or more on a button was a wise use of our money. Then we finally found one we liked at House of Antique Hardware. I was unsure of what to expect because I hadn’t ordered from them before nor had I read many reviews about the company, but it’s so much better than I anticipated. The bell is solid brass and has a nice heft to it. We installed it last weekend and I can’t tell you how nice it is to hear a cheerful ding-dong when people arrive rather than a brutal rap on the glass panes of our door. (I started to worry that the 90-year-old glass would shatter one of these days!)
7 – We strung this tinsel and glass ball garland on our banister.
8 – You may remember that Bacon had a bit of a health scare last month. The vet thought that there may have been something caught in his mouth or throat that he dislodged on his own, so he was fine. (Phew!) But we did discover that he needs a professional tooth cleaning and we need to start brushing his teeth. I purchased this toothpaste in the poultry flavor and assumed the whole thing was going to go poorly, but he loves it. Granted, we haven’t gotten to the point of actually brushing his teeth. The vet said that the enzymes in pet toothpaste start breaking down plaque just by being in his mouth, so even just getting him to take it is better than nothing.
9 – The phone nook became the perfect place for Christmas cheer! (We still need to paint the hallway. I can’t stand that weird cream color.)