enter november. today i can feel the november-ness in the air. chill and stark. cats finding their indoor spots to curl up near a heat vent or fireplace or pile of quilts.(i woke in the night with my arm wrapped around stella's warm little gray body, under the duvet. she had arranged herself into the maximum comfort and warmth position in the house) the lake looks like steel. trees are lines on the sky. my skin feels dry and stiff from the dry furnace air. i wrap my throat in a scarf now. and socks are surfacing again. and the christmas cactus is in full dramatic bloom. the shift has happened. we are on our way to winter.