Better late than never, right?*
Some say November’s birthstone is topaz, and some say citrine. My mother and eldest sister happen to be November babies, and my mom has always said it was topaz, so that’s what I decided to go with! November’s flower is the chrysanthemum, which comes in many hues. I chose to paint in orange tones to coordinate with the stone, and in honor of all things pumpkin, because who doesn’t love pumpkin? As for their meaning, well, that’s a bit difficult. Red chrysanthemums mean love, and yellow mean slighted love, so let’s just go with a compromise of fickle love (in case you’re confused about how I came to that conclusion, red+yellow= orange, so love+no love= semi-love). And, in case you were wondering, white chrysanthemums symbolize truth. Happy pumpkin season, everyone!
* Allow me to explain. I work at a school (my former middle and high school, in fact), partially teaching ceramics and partially working as costume coordinator and set painter for the school theater productions. No matter how much I resolve to plan ahead and get the calendar done early, there is always more last-minute work to do for the plays than I have anticipated. And so, the last two weeks have consisted of late nights and last-minute prop-making and costume adjustments. I can’t ever let the kids down, so I have to (temporarily) let you down. My sincerest apologies, and thank you, as ever, for your support.