Page 10 “The Name November” by Kimberly Childers • T he name November

the ancient Roman cal- ender November was the ninth month until January and February were added. This month is the time of the ‘Sun Moon’


ing to Pagan beliefs and the period described as the ‘Moon of Falling Leaves’. November is a jewel with abundant harvests from fruit-filled orchards and green gardens sharing their treasures to get us through the win- ter. Rich hughes of auburn, gold, apricot and russet are filling the


believed to derive from the Latin ‘novem’ which means number nine. In

trees with brilliant colors. Leaves starting to shuffel and dance in the black streets with bright glints of sparkling autumn sunlight.


are ever THANKFUL to be here on this amazing planet, spinning at a mere 66,000 miles per hour, really. Gasp! Sweet summer has faded and welcomed winds of change are tugging on the leaves to transform our world into simple land- scapes again. Now is cer- tainly the time to assess your plot and change things around, redesign, repurpose, rebuild and rediscover. Starting to empty bags of leaf mold from last year? It’s an amazing addition to the garden. My advice

garden always brings sweet rap- tures of delight for those who see it, feel it, love it. Sigh! We

is “Don’t throw out your leaves when you rake them up!” Put them in garbage bags except get

them slightly damp, seal them up and stash them somewhere for a year. The leaves become soft and rotted deliciousness to topdress around plants. Time to plant cabbage, broccoli

and cauliflower starts. Continue to sow seeds of carrots, chard, on- ions, spinach and garlic. Stop by your local nurseries and check out what starts they offer. Harmony Farms always has great varities of garlic bulbs to plant now. Look for Northern Italian Red, Span- ish Benitee, and Native Creole, great for roasting. Also look for flowers to brighten the winter gar- den whimsical yellows and red of primroses, orange and yellow calendula, Crepe-paper-petaled Iceland poppies and edible flow- ered sweet violets especially to top off your salads. Scatter wild- flower seeds on raked infertile soil in full sun, keeping them damp until rains begin to fall. Be sure to check out natives species at Cali- fornia Flora 528-8813, and create a garden of plants that are already acclimated to this area. Don’t forget to call 707-525-8310, and make an appointment to see the wonderful, inexpensive plants at Sonoma County Jail Plant Nursery and Teaching Garden. Ask them to Email you the current availabil- ity list.

Box stores and the Web have Rainchains, or you can make your own! Originating hundreds of years ago in Japan, called ‘kusari doi’ meaning ‘chain gutter.’ Rain- chains are a perfect alternative to plain gutters. With a dizzing array of designs, tiny metal umbrellas to small, lacy copper buckets. Fun and practical! Choices, choices, choices, a great gift idea?! If you haven’t already, watch

...continued on page 26 10 • November 2018 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. JOKES & Humor #3

Times were hard in Russia after the cold war, but there was determined young man who wanted to buy a new car. He saved for many years until he had just the right amount. Imme- diately, he went to the car dealer and said, ‘I want to buy a new car!’ ‘That’s good,’ replied the car dealer. We will get a car for you soon. Come back here in eight years and three months ... we’ll have your car.’ The man replied, ‘Will that be morning or afternoon?’ The car dealer was surprised. ‘Does it re- ally matter?’ he asked. ‘Yes,’ the man said, ‘it really matters. The plumber promised me that he would come that day too.’

“When you

reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you

should sense.” Kahlil Gibrán

“The power of human thought grows exponentially with the number of minds that share that thought.” ~ Dan Brown

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