November Morning

Woke early, dressed warm and went outside.

I was surprised by the moon,

a quarter moon with a star beneath.

There was frost on the lawn and on my car.

No early mass in Clongowes today. 

Came back inside

to have porridge

in a blue bowl.

Bernadette Lee

(It’s been far too long since we’ve heard from Berna, our Irish correspondent from County Kildare.  What can we tempt her with? She already has a blue bowl! And you, what do you fortify yourself with on a frosty morning?)

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37 Responses to November Morning

  1. gwensbullock says:

    fire in the fireplace, soft worship music

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  2. beautiful nurturing words. A bowl of warm oatmeal with nuts and berries, a cup of chamomile tea and time with my sweetie. it’s all good.

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  3. Kate says:

    long warm shower with lavender soap and apricot scrub 🙂 …enjoyed your post! looking forward to reading more.

    ~ Kate

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  4. Patti Kuche says:

    Oh those lovely frosty mornings – they call me out to feel the nip and the tingle, to see my warm breath steaming and floating through the fresh, frozen air!

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  5. I treasure you giving us the ability to feel a life outside the one we are currently experiencing. Every time I stop by to read your posts, I am transformed to a life away from the one in which I live. The quotes and poems you deliver are always very powerful. Thank you for offering us these experiences!

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  6. Pauline says:

    Frosty mornings are delightful, especially if the sun is shining. A cup of hot tea, maybe some peanut butter toast to fill the empty spaces and out I go, into the waiting day.

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  7. barb19 says:

    I haven’t experienced a frosty morning for over 30 years, but I think a hot cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal would get me off to a good start!
    Your photo of a frosty lawn was very welcome to me when I saw it, as we are sweltering in 31 degree heat here (it’s our summer in Oz). I remember those nippy, frosty mornings when I used to live in the UK, so thanks for the reminder!

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Oh my, Barb. Summer and hot in Oz —
      This morning here it’s cold and drizzly and gray gray gray —
      I guess you don’t have frost, even in your winter. Scotland’s got frosty mornings in abundance, though. I remember needing a warm sweater on a visit in August!
      I’ll have the hot tea and oatmeal then, and you have — cool lemonade? 😀

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  8. Smallpeace says:

    A few stolen moments to try and sit and be still before opening the blinds… Warm Sphynx cat in my lap, because no other lap will do… A sip of water with lemon before putting on the kettle to boil… New day here I come!

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  9. thirdhandart says:

    Oatmeal sounds so delicious! On cold, frosty mornings, I usually bundle up in something warm (and fluffy, if possible) and drink a hot beverage. Lately, drinking anything hot leads to a hot flash though, and then I have to unbundle quickly.
    Lovely poem and post! Thank you.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      My imagination is working overtime — what is she wearing that’s fluffy? it sounds great, I’d love to wear something fluffy instead of my ancient thin polyester shortie robe —
      and then it gets wilder and starts proposing hot flashes as a solution (well, a partial solution) to the energy crisis — 😉
      Thanks so much for the smile, Theresa!

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      • thirdhandart says:

        Sorry. Fluffy is a misnomer. I have an old bathrobe that I grab most mornings too. It’s made of a soft, thick (not fluffy) polyester fabric. At least I made you smile though. 🙂

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  10. CMSmith says:

    I used to have Cream of Wheat as a child when my mom made it. I just bought some for myself this week.

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  11. David says:

    Thomas Mann calls such moments “Die Wonne der Gewoehnlichleit.” The bliss of the ordinary. A fine poem.

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  12. Stef says:

    Black tea, or cafe au lait (though I do a 3/4 cafe to 1/4 au lait ratio).

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  13. Hat. Gloves. And a walk around the block to see how the beach is tolerating the approach of winter.

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  14. rutheh says:

    Found you through Smile Kiddo! What a great November shot.

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