fondue…

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tonight we celebrated one of our birthdays at our BS gathering…

the birthday person chooses what we will do, and/or where we will go…

we are way behind in our celebrating… we still have two more to catch up on before the next birthday, which is in January, lol…

the birthday woman advised she would like to have a cheese fondue… we decided to meet a little earlier than usual and assigned the needed components…

fresh home-made bread and great wine, salad, cheese, apples, pears and a fondue pot…

great times and conversation…

coffee, tea and chocolate mint Girl Guide cookies with more chat, finished our wonderful celebration…

IMG_8923.JPGwe even found a date for the next birthday celebration… seemed way too easy to find one that worked for everyone…

how blessed I am to have such an amazing and caring group of women in my life…

smile…

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early this morning I went out for a hot tub… the sun was brilliant… made me smile

IMG_8913-0.JPGhard to tell, but there is a bit of frost in this picture so I wore sandals…

IMG_8914-2.JPGlater I headed over to the kids’ place… we were spending some time having family pictures done… we went to a number of places and walked a long way, and there were many smiles…

IMG_8917.JPGlooking forward to seeing the finished pics…

here’s one of Crystal and I on a warehouse ledge…

IMG_8915.JPGJeff may have broken something getting me up and then down from the spot…

watched a soccer practice for one of the boys and then headed home… drove over the Disraeli both ways… a big girl pants moment for me as I really dislike that bridge…

IMG_8918-1.JPGvery excited when I walked into the yard and saw the water falling beautifully… this is strange because usually within a few hours of my pond guy being here the water starts to get clumpy, with algae obstructing the flow…maybe it is too cold for algae, lol…

outside…

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had a great sleep last night and as I was heading downstairs saw this lovely view outside

IMG_8886.JPGthe leaves were a beautiful shade of yellow

spent most of the day resting but I did work on some chicken soup…

IMG_8889.JPGnot quite done yet…

this afternoon my pond guy came by and put in a new pump

IMG_8888.JPGit looks good, so far… we’ve decided to take out the uv filter and try putting a skimmer in beside the pond to collect algae and other debris… the thought is that it will be outside of the pond where I can get to it easily… this likely won’t happen until the spring… the fish are still happy outside but soon they will need to come in to their winter condo…

while out there I got a few pictures of some flowers that are still hanging on.. sadly we’ve already had a few frosts…

IMG_8887.JPGno sun today, maybe tomorrow…

teeth…

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thank goodness it is Friday…

had things on early three mornings in a row… today it was the dentist…

I do not like visiting the dentist, but I have gone every three to six months for the last 35 years… I had a few very bad experiences in my early twenties and made the decision to face my fear of dentists and be sure to get regular check-ups so I wouldn’t have to deal with any big issues…

lucky for me, my teeth are good, so I haven’t had too many problems…

unlike George… I think his teeth were made of marshmallow… he had at least two or three fillings in each of the teeth he had left… we do think we sent his dentist on a number of vacations over the years…

my insurance coverage from George’s work ran out in March and the new plan I was finally able to get doesn’t include dental… mainly because it was going to cost an additional hundred dollars a month and it seemed more sensible to just pay for my check-ups…

was quite worried that my front tooth might need a crown so was very happy to hear that the problem was staining from tea… hurray:-)…

unfortunately she did find a small cavity so I have to go back in a couple of weeks… I know she isn’t going to hurt me, but I will still be grasping the arms of the chair through the entire procedure…

have been wearing a mouth guard for a few years and will continue to, as it helps keep my teeth from grinding and wearing down the enamel…

IMG_8864.JPGhow lucky I am to have access to good dental care…

sky…

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started the day very early and the moon was bright…

IMG_8857-0.JPGtonight as I was heading to aquasize I took this shot of the sky… very nice…

IMG_8858.JPGwas very careful not to do any twisting there after last week… from Friday to Sunday my back was in bad shape… if I sat for any length of time I could barely walk… laying down helped a bit but then when I got up it would still bother me… luckily I was able to take it easy and by Sunday evening it was much better…

so I was extra careful tonight to not twist…

hope it works out okay… guess I will see tomorrow

walk…

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got dropped off a little further from home than normal…

so I had a lovely walk in the sunshine…not sure what the temperature was, but right now it is 15 Celsius…

IMG_8843.JPGmany of the trees on the street are nearly bare

IMG_8847.JPGthe tree next door still has some leaves on it…

IMG_8845.JPGit is the one I see from the hot tub…

IMG_8844.JPGsome of the bushes still have quite a few leaves… this one had lots of birds flitting in and out… I guess they can still hide here…

spent some time in the hot tub, watching the stars through the trees… now to bed…

voting…

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since I was of age, I have voted in every election… and I have done it each and every time with my beloved

we have an election next Wednesday… first one since George died…

I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it through the process, so I decided to do something different…

tonight when I got home from work, I walked over to the community club to vote in the Advance Poll… never done that before…

advised the man who put the ballots into the counting machine that I wanted to take a picture of the ballot as it went in…

IMG_8821.JPGhe was happy to take the picture and was rather excited that someone wanted their picture taken as they voted, lol…

we are so lucky to live in a country where we have the freedom to vote… sad that so many people don’t take advantage of it…

traditions…

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for the last few days I’ve been preparing for tonight’s dinner…

this year I made two new things… the first was the dressing that my grandson wanted… apparently there wasn’t enough sausage in it so he didn’t like it…

the second was a turnip puff… a friend wrote about it in a blog and it sounded interesting so I checked it out on Pinterest, liked the look of it, and made some… two of us really liked it, the other not so much… my mom and dad felt that gravy just wasn’t great without turnip water in it, so I’ve cooked turnips as part of our celebration dinners for at least thirty years…

had a good time setting the table… included plates and bowls from our elders…

IMG_8816-1.JPGduring dinner we talked about the various items and where they came from…

had also put one of the candelabras from Crystal and Jeff’s wedding on the table… during dinner we thought of people who were missing – those who’ve moved on from this world and those who are just not close by – and we lit the candles as we thought of them…

before dinner the boys went out to find some leaves to go on the plate with the pumpkin… then they spent some time tree climbing…

IMG_8819.JPGlovely day and great dinner… so much to be thankful for…

dressing…

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when I was at the kids’ place on Friday my youngest grandson gave me a recipe for dressing that he wanted me to make for Thanksgiving dinner…

this is very odd because he doesn’t eat dressing, or much else, unless it is Caesar salad and baked potatoes…

they had all worked on this recipe at daycare and he ate three plates full of it… he asked them to write down the recipe and they also sent a note saying how much he liked it…

how could I not make it…

IMG_8773.JPGran out and picked up the last few things I needed, including the sausage for the special dressing…

I did laugh because while he was telling me about the recipe my daughter was shaking her head no the entire time… she loves my dressing and has never liked when I have made different versions… luckily the version he was wanting is made as a casserole

so, two types of stuffing made, potatoes, turnips and cauliflower cut and ready…

still need to finish setting the table…

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