The sun is shining as I write this, so welcome and bright, after dreary days of gray and rain.

It is November, after all, the the darkness always seems to descend like a cloud, reminding us that winter is coming.

Although November can be dreary, it has become a month of social gatherings and creativity.  Craft fairs abound.  Often these are important fund-raisers and wonderful people are working day and night to make it happen.  We love this, especially in our North American culture, and it is fun to create, and to admire other’s creations.

Lately, there has been so much focus on what is sad, and what divides us, it is good to have these healthy distractions and places we can experience joy and community.

I want to share about a few events in our own community; and if you don’t live in Vernon, I’m sure you have a few of your own!

I have chosen to keep this blog advertisement free, but today I’m doing some advertising of my own!  I hope you will forgive me… I don’t do it often.

On Nov. 19, if you live in my area, you are welcome to come by to our second annual open house in our home, and enjoy a cup of tea in a china cup, and have a visit!  If you are not able to come, and are interested in some of these items suitable for gift-giving, please let me know, and I can send you all the particulars.

Items available will include new calendars for 2017 (both wall and desk), magnets for the fridge, Christmas cards, art cards, a new colouring book for children, the booklet “Gifts for the Journey”, a guided journal, and a new poetry booklet will be available!

Money raised on that day will help to cover printing costs, and allow me to give away colouring books at the hospital, as well as some of the funds will go toward the Hospital Foundation where I work.

There are many other events in our own community, but I wanted to highlight two of them.  The first is a wonderful tea, bake sale and boutique sale, held at my church First Baptist Vernon, on November 12, 1406 32nd Ave, between 10 and 4 pm.  They are calling it A Winter Tea, and knowing my friend Mary who organizes it with many helpers, it will be a lovely event.

The last event I wanted to highlight is also a group that is dear to my heart.  New Hope will hold its Annual Benefit Concert and Silent Auction, also on Saturday November 19th, at Vernon Christian Fellowship Church.  Featuring entertainers Sally and Holly and Zirka Ukrainian dancers.  There is a $10 admission fee.

New Hope has been supporting widows and widowers for 20 years now, and this fundraiser is key to keeping their little office going and their programs running.  So after you have a tea at my house, head on over for an evening of entertainment, 7 pm!

If you want more information on any of these events, or would like to order materials and have me mail them to you, please contact me at

And enjoy what bright things November has to offer, while supporting many worthwhile causes, wherever you might live!

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