passport…

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today I applied for a new passport… had printed off the documents ahead of time and was in and out of their office in about six minutes…

this is what they do to expired passports…

I had been dropped off, and after I was done, I walked back to the office in the lovely fall sunshine…

as I walked along I was remembering when I got my first passport…

it was about six months after George died and I had decided to take all the kids on a vacation so had to go and get a passport… I had never had one before…

it was odd preparing the paperwork and going through the process required to find individuals to act as references, having a photo taken and then taking in the paperwork… the kind of thing we would have done together

five years have passed since that day at the passport office… hard to believe that my beloved has been gone for five years, six months and twenty-seven days…

loved this view of the moon over the flag as I was waiting to cross the street…

appreciate…

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what a lovely day… kids arrived and we decided to head out to get a few pumpkins… on our way we FaceTimed with the kids in Ottawa… good to see them and share Thanksgiving greetings…

we’ve been trying to get to Schwabe Pumpkins for a few weeks… it was chilly and rain came down a few times while we were there, but fun, and we really enjoyed the colours as we drove there and back…

when we got home the boys caught the fish, cleaned and got the aquarium going, and moved the fish into their condo…

the youngest two reorganized the sea shells as we talked about the fun we had in Mexico in March…

dinner was delicious and cleanup was quick with all the help… leftovers for here and there were packed up and they headed home…

I certainly appreciated having their company for the day… now to bed…

tasks…

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yesterday I spent time setting the table for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner with my Winnipeg kids…

doing these small tasks while thinking of so many previous Thanksgivings brought to mind how George and I would work as a team to get the house and dinner ready for friends and family…

his job was to grocery shop and get the house organized… that could be tidying or cleaning or reorganizing the hall closet, depending on what he felt was most important… and often, to make a pie

my job was to prep and cook the meal…

now I get to shop, tidy and everything else… the good news is that someone comes in now and again to clean so I don’t have to do that piece…

I have worked out a system where I do bits and pieces of the prep work over a few days before the special day so that I don’t feel exhausted…

yesterday I even made an apple pie…

today I started my day with a walk to and around the Park

it was cool and windy… spent quite a bit of time with the geese… still trying to get some good shots of them taking off and landing…

once home I made stuffing, cranberry sauce, peeled and cooked turnip, prepped potatoes, green beans and cauliflower… also cooked the ham and started pea soup…

sounds like a lot, but fit in naps and tv too;-)… there is something holy about preparing space and food for others…

lots of memories as I moved through the day, but this time they are happy, not sad… a step forward

thinking…

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today I’ve spent a lot of time thinking of some of the reasons to be thankful

my health…

family and friends…

work and great colleagues…

a comfortable home and garden…

almost forty-two years of marriage…

I’ve also been appreciating my car and the garage that she gets to live in… George did the majority of the driving, partly because I was happy to be chauffeured, but mostly because he loved to drive…

one of our traditions was to take a drive out of the city to enjoy the colours of the foliage… sad that has fallen by the wayside… still not prepared to drive on the highway, lol…

once I was on my own I had to put on those big girl pants and drive myself places… going in and out was huge, as there is a little jog between the driveway and the garage… every time I went in or out was stressful

now it is a piece of cake…

had some fun today and made an apple pie for our Thanksgiving dinner, which is a rare occurrence… George was the pie maker and I’m thinking he would be proud of me… looks good, fingers crossed that it tastes good too…

heavens…

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of course, on a day off I woke up at 5:30, so I headed out for a hot tub…

the heavens were amazing and the moon was huge… the stars were very bright and I was able to get a picture of Orion’s Belt

considering it was on my phone it came out pretty good, lol…

the streetlight shining on the lawn furniture was also lovely…

as I was driving toward my appointment this morning the moon looked like it was close enough to touch

happy I stopped and took a few photos, because by the time I got out of the car, it was gone

had a nap this afternoon;-)…

bare…

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been enjoying the colours of the leaves and trees everywhere

took a few pictures over the last few days… beautiful orange on elms on my street and the gorgeous gold on trees in the Millennium Library Park by the office…

and this lovely collection of leaves beside Shadow this morning… the crunching sound is so cool…

I’ve also noticed a number of trees that were stunning last week and are bare now…

recipes…

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had some fun with recipes the last few days…

got this from a colleague… she makes the best scones and I am always asking for them so the other day she gave me the recipe… it was written on a recipe card by her mom…

had to call her a few times to clarify what to do, lol… pulled out my Purity cookbook to review steps…my BS buddies came by and they were able to provide a few more bits of info… baked them at 450 instead of the 400 noted on the card… they came out great… so busy I never even got a picture of them other than this one which I ate with the amazing chocolate raspberry jam that we picked up when I was in southern Ontario…

we talked about how often those older recipes didn’t provide much direction, lol…

today I made coleslaw from a recipe I received from a matriarch of the church over thirty years ago… the recipe is written for a huge crowd…

it has been reduced down a number of times, and when I make it now it is certainly way smaller…

came out fabulous, as always…

timely…

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took a few minutes to enjoy this sunset last night…

feels as though life has been going by so quickly that I haven’t taken the time to enjoy those special moments as they happen…

have had a very intense few days so it felt timely tonight as I spent a few minutes checking out this cool sky

everywhere…

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Saturday was my work anniversary so over the weekend I prepared notes and organized roses for my colleagues…

here are the flowers as I brought them home from the florist and kept them standing up so they would be in good condition this morning when I set them out for everyone to choose which one they would like… using the seatbelt to keep them upright works perfectly…

the funniest thing was that when I took the picture in the kitchen I noticed the red on the side of the fridge… it was my lunch bag, which has been missing for about a week and was exactly where it should have been, but not one of the places throughout the house, car and office where I searched, lol…

I took a few pictures of the roses in different offices…

lovely to walk around and see flowers everywhere