Canadian autumn vignette 4.
"Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile."
As we transition into November, fallen leaves undergo changes and become soggy and faded. Gone are the bright colours that charmed everyone at the beginning of October.
November is the relative no one wants in the house: dark, brooding, given to unexpected bursts of icy remarks followed by occasional charm and wit.
But as all good hosts, we must make the best of a bad situation.
So while the long month of November lingers in frosty silence, we hunker down in our warm homes under thick blankets with a hot cocoa or other libation.
And of course, we complain about the weather (it's a Canadian thing), and wish for the gift of a few more sunny days; however, in reality we know winter is at our doorstep.
Another cold, unbidden guest is about to arrive.
Inevitably, we start planning for December. Looking ahead to the festive season is sometimes easier than living with November.