Wednesday, October 16, 2013


 So, look at the hanging basket.  Unbelievable for this time of year at our cottage.  We have not had a frost and I am still watering these beauties!

This morning I saw the first junko bird.  That means it will get colder.  They are winter birds and the first has arrived.

Because my quilting days are over for this year, I have been knitting socks, thinking that they would be keeping some tootsies warm!  Not!  I am still without socks at the cottage.   That tells you something about the weather at the lake.

Today, the final windows are going up in the addition to our bedroom.  I will probably not post
anything till spring as it is a huge project for one person to undertake, so the interior walls will be a spring project.

This morning the first of the floating docks were taken to the winter bay where they will be safe from ice flows.  It was a calm day so the trip was uneventful, if one can call three men singing some kind of sailor song going by at 9:30 in the morning uneventful.

Now the wind has come up and it is not safe to be on our docks.  So much for calm seas.  But Derek's floating dock is secure, and hopefully tomorrow most of ours will be over in the little bay too.

Here is just a small sample of Helen's creative
table setting.  The wine glass (dollar store) is filled with legumes, and then a tea light was pressed down
to the brim of the legumes.  Awesome result.

This is what the table looked like in final results.  All for under $10.00 Canadian for a 13 place setting.

No wonder I ask that Helen and Andrea set it every year that we do something special...Thanksgiving is special!

This week, is the Junior Pan American Games in Puerto Rico.  Jeremy our grandson along with his bud and team mate Evan are competing in sprint canoe. (go fast stuff)   We wish them luck in their competition, but most of all wish them to have fun and enjoy the experience of meeting all other athletes.

Jeremy arrived yesterday and it did  not take him long to meet locals on the streets of San Juan.

He is a very gregarious young man and loves people and he says that Spanish speaking people love him for some reason!  It must be the blond hair and smiling face!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Our days are winding down at the lake.  This is our last week on the lake.

The weather has been glorious!  Here we are last week in tees going for a ride.  In October in Canada in almost northern Ontario!  

My friend Mary makes these little hats that she has sold to a little boutique store in a town near us!  Baby hats are a big deal for grandmothers, so these sell quite quickly.  Cute or what?

The mornings on the lake can lead to such beautiful skies as the lake is still warmer than the air in the mornings, hence the mists that can be seen as the sun rises.  Such beauty is what makes living here worthwhile.  

We have just had our Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, our neighbours have participated in the second annual Pot Luck Thanksgiving Dinner at our table.  Will post photos later on this week, but oh my the food!

I basically have the turkey in the oven, and the rest is done by the friends and wonderful neighbours.  Helen (resident quilter teacher) makes the pies and she and her darling girl decorate the tables.  Every year she does something different, and this year she went Dollar Store shopping to show what can be done!  Fabulous table.

Kent and Kath did the veggies once again, which included roasted beets, and many root veggies with balsamic vinegar
as the added touch to the finish.  So very very yummy.  And a huge batch of mashed potatoes.

Mary made the gravy, which is so good to finish the plates.

So apple pie and pumpkin pies to finish the meal...what more could we ask for?  And we must not forget that we gave thanks for our blessings.   Ripping conversations with belly laughs were also included in the dinner!

Well daughter brought her boy to us, and we were happy to give thanks to have one grandchild at our table. 

  I finished a shawl to take to Florida for those cool evenings and wish it was her arms about me for the season.

Do you not love the cartoon?