Oct 19th, 2013 – Reflections of Fall

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Hard to believe another Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Sitting here on the couch, with the woodstove on low I am trying to catch up on my blogging.  It is a rainy day, got my chores done, my sweetie got a good start on the wood splitting and stacking.  Time for popcorn and relaxing.

My partner’s daughters came up to the cottage to see their dad for Thanksgiving – it also happened to be his birthday.  My sister also joined us with her family – yellow lab, chocolate lab, and black lab.  I was sadly missing my pug – Doug – he passed away the Thursday before.

I love turkey, I love the process of creating the stuffing for the bird, cleaning it, and getting it in the oven.  We had a fresh bird, grain fed, from Alberta – I know, it flew a long way to Ontario, but it was the last one in the store, so I was very thankful.  Gravy was awesome, the meal was lovely, and I didn’t have to do dishes!!  I was thankful to have such a lovely setting and to have loved ones to share the time with.  The weather was spectacular on the Saturday, drizzly on the Sunday, and spectacular again on the Monday.  We were able to take some time to go for a boat ride down to one of our favourite spots.  It never fails to amaze me what a colourful part of the world we live in.

I am currently taking a course on reducing stress.  I am learning new ways to embrace life, each and every day, slow down, stop multi tasking, sleep and eat better, exercise, and face my challenges head on.  Basically unlearn all the bad habits formed over time and hopefully learn some new habits that will serve me better.  Well, serve both my and my partner better since we pretty much do everything together lol.  Part of the course is some Yoga – which I am finding very beneficial

This weekend is the annual Cranberry Festival in Bala.  Truly an amazing event.  One of my girl friends purchased a cranberry apple wine.  Sounds yummy!  One of my favourite lunches is ham and brie on a toasted croissant with cranberry jelly – and of course I have a favourite place to have this lunch at the Farmer’s Plate in Gravenhurst – I am sure they make the cranberry jelly right there!

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