Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canadian readers. I hope you have an opportunity to spend time with family or friends, or if you prefer, time to relax and unwind.
I spent much of the yesterday preparing our Thanksgiving dinner. No turkey as I always find we eat so little of it, ending up with leftovers that seem to take until Christmas to use up. I bought a pork loin roast, rubbed it with sage, thyme, salt and pepper and cooked it in the slow cooker for 4 1/2 hours before popping it in the oven to brown for the last 20 minutes or so. It was very moist and tasty...there's only a couple of slices and crumbs left so I know it was a success!
With homemade applesauce, mashed potatoes, turnip, carrots (my son's must have), Stove top stuffing (for my daughter) and Caesar salad (her b/f' J's choice) it was a non-traditional dinner but one that everyone enjoyed. For dessert we did have the traditional pumpkin pie, although only my son and I had a slice.
J surprised me with these lovely flowers and balloon. I especially love the carnations; they were my mother's favorite. And they're purple, one of my most favorite colors.
After dinner, I left the dishes to the others and went to watch the Blue Jays play the Texas Rangers. What an exciting game especially as it ended in a win for the Jays! Though I must admit I felt a twinge of sadness for the Rangers as the game ended on an error.
All in all, it was a very good day. In fact, though my life has been a little trying in the past few weeks, I truly do have much to be thankful for this year. I have two wonderful children whom I love dearly (despite they both live with me and drive me batty at times).
And this week, we got the news that the grandbaby is a BOY! He is growing well, weighs nearly 12 ounces now, and is just over 6 inches in length. We were able to see his little heart beat, his wee hands and feet. My heart melted at the sight of the latter.
D continues to struggle a bit with morning sickness, and last night had leg cramps that had her in tears. Baby X has been moving more and she's finding it all a bit strange and occasionally uncomfortable. She's half way through...though I suspect the latter half will seem to take much longer than the first half.
Fall is well underway; in fact we had our first snow fall earlier this week. On Sunday the temperature finally got high enough to melt what was left. I had pulled most of the annuals out of the containers the previous weekend with the exception of a pot of mums and some marigolds. I haven't checked to see how these made out, but it appears the pansies have survived the brief cold snap.
I'm grateful that there are still warm days ahead. I'm certainly not ready for winter just yet!
My next trip is getting closer, just 17 more sleeps until we leave for New York and our cruise to the Caribbean. We'll be on-board ship on Halloween, and will be dressing up as the three blind mice. :) My friend K is creating mouse ears from fur and head bands while I'm crocheting us the tails we'll pin to our pants. We'll wear these with black pants and shirts, and sunglasses. These costumes are light weight and easy to pack!
I'm thankful for the opportunity to travel once more this year. Fingers are crossed there will be no more storms. (For those of you who were impacted, either personally or your friends and family, I hope that the damage was limited and that all will be repaired in short order).
I would remiss if I failed to mention how thankful I am for the audience who reads, and comments on my blog. I've been less active the last while, both writing and reading/commenting, so I'm thankful you've stuck with me. It's so nice to know I've got support from those I know only through the pages of our blogs. You've all become such a integral part of my life and I love hearing what's happening with you.
Have a wonderful week everyone!