Me, spilling out all my thoughts, inner and outer, on just about anything! Lots of poetry, short stories from past experiences, anecdotes about teaching elementary school, music, relationships....garage sale type thing...Something For Everyone!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Look of Fall!

Our ranch!
Mookie surveying the landscape!

Of course she always scratches on her favourite post.

The wind will blow most of these leaves off this maple tomorrow!

Mooky scouting for falling leaves!

Looking down from the balcony off the summer bedroom.

A maple leaf fell onto a burning bush!

A Canadian classic! These maple cream sandwich cookies just had to be displayed in my new maple leaf dish! How Canadian, eh??!!

Proud to be Canadian!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Shot in the Dark?

Big Question!

Are you getting the two flu shots this year?

Here in Canada, we have the regular flu shot and the H1N1 flu shot available in the coming weeks. All the info is so confusing! Which to get first? What factors to consider? I am in a high risk group just because I am a diabetic with a heart condition so I'm pretty sure I want both shots at some point.

News on the radio tells me I should be getting H1N1 first in the next week or so, but my clinic is only giving it to people over 65 right now, with the regular flu shot not available till January. Isn't that kind of late? These details seem to change daily and vary from place to place.

The flu shots are a bit hard on me because my arm usually gets really sore for a few days which curtails my swimming for almost a week......X 2 this year!

What is happening in your part of the world?


Monday, October 05, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

This upcoming weekend is the Traditional Canadian Thanksgiving. I am hosting a feast for 16 members of my family..... and what a magnificent feast and fun get-together it shall be!

On the menu: 22 pound Turkey, home made cranberry sauce,bread stuffing in crock pots,mashed potatoes, whipped squash, velvety gravy, cabbage salad, dinner rolls,AND home made apple,grape, and pumpkin pie, coffee, tea for dessert! The wine will be flowing freely, provided by my 90-year-old father!

My place is all decorated; outside and inside. I just love decorating for a special dinner at my house!

Cheers and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Facts

In Canada, Thanksgiving is a three-day weekend (although some provinces observe a four day weekend, Friday–Monday). Traditional Thanksgiving meals prominently feature turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, though Canada's multicultural heritage has seen many families infuse this traditional meal with elements of their traditional ethnic foods.

As a liturgical festival, the Canadian Thanksgiving corresponds to the European harvest festival, during which churches are adorned with cornucopias, pumpkins, corn, wheat sheaves and other harvest bounty. English and other European harvest hymns are customarily sung on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, along with scriptural lections derived from biblical stories relating to the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot.

While the actual Thanksgiving holiday occurs on a Monday, Canadian families might eat their Thanksgiving meal on any day of the three day weekend. The holiday can also be a time for weekend getaways for couples to observe the autumn leaves, spend one last weekend at their summer homes, or participate in various outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and hunting.
History of Thanksgiving in Canada

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been futilely attempting to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did, however, establish a settlement in Canada. In the year 1578, Frobisher held a formal ceremony in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This event is widely considered to be the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and the first official Thanksgiving to occur in North America. More settlers arrived and continued the ceremonial tradition initiated by Frobisher, who was eventually knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay now known as Iqualuit.

It should be noted that the 1578 ceremony was not the first Thanksgiving as defined by First Nations tradition. Long before the time of Martin Frobisher, it was traditional in many First Nations cultures to offer an official giving of thanks during autumnal gatherings. In Haudenasonee culture, Thanksgiving is a prayer recited to honor "the three sisters" (i.e., beans, corn and squash) during the fall harvest.