This book is poorly written, boring, and self-indulgent. I have read many other books by this author without having this reaction, so I am not sure about this one. An early rejected manuscript pulled out of a drawer in the spirit of “What the heck”? Anyway, I don’t recommend it. I will probably finish reading it, though, while knitting this afternoon.

Yesterday was November 5th. That means that it was Guy Fawkes Day (Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.) It was also the day that the second DNA scarf should have been finished. I still have two repeats to go. I intend to sandwich them in this afternoon, along with cleaning house, putting my gardens to bed (the Hallowe’en decoration idea worked, but it is now time to move on), errands, baking, and the Thanksgiving table runner.

“Respect the earth, live in harmony with nature, spend time with your family, be good to your neighbor, and value the dedication, skill and care of the craftsman.” This is a statement of “The Craftsman Philosophy” from this site:  I was actually looking for something completely unrelated, but this line caught my attention because it gives such a simple and satisfying philosophy. How often do we find a really simple and satisfying philosophical statement? Especially while surfing the web?

I think this statement will inspire me today in my simple yet satisfying domestic tasks. I will also be thinking of my KC family members, who are meeting today to celebrate the life of one of the family members who left this earth this year. They will be coming down at Thanksgiving to spread the ashes of one of the others. I sometimes feel that we have had too many deaths in our family this year, but I suppose there is no perfect number and certainly we are not guaranteed a limited number. November is a good month to reflect on our mortality, beginning as it does with the feast of All Souls, and ending with bare trees and killing frosts. But this is all part of the nature with which we should live in harmony.