Today marks the halfway point for my most intense Spanish class. In one month my workload will drop in half. It's been so very busy, compounded by the new reality we live in, and I've tried to just take it one day at a time. Now, ahead of me is a three-day weekend, with Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday.
I stopped off for groceries on the way home today, and then dashed out to the garden to clip flowers before dark, and before the rain begins this evening. A few dahlias, some zinnias, a couple of roses, hydrangeas, and feverfew combined to make pretty bouquets for several rooms.
I bought a simple crewel stitchery kit a couple of years ago and decided this was the time to begin stitching it. It won't take very long and I'm so enjoying pulling wool through linen. A cup of tea to hand makes for a relaxing respite.
I pulled a good amount of beets and some carrots from the garden and roasted them in a covered dish until tender. After peeling the beets the vegetables sat in the fridge for a day or two until I decided what to do with them. In the end I just tipped them into a flat casserole dish, crumbled blue cheese over top, and heated everything through in the oven along with a chicken I roasted. The sweet vegetables were deliciously offset by the sharp blue cheese. I'll be making this again.
More of the flowers I clipped, along with some current reading material - the UK Country Living for October that I've been saving for this weekend, and a collection of stories by Stella Gibbons who authored Cold Comfort Farm. I've not read the novel and I intend to as soon as it comes available in the library.
We're holding plans loosely for a Thanksgiving celebration. Our original thought was an outdoor hot dog roast, but the rain might just change that idea. Whatever we do will be unconventional in these strange times - and not a sit down turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Still, we have much to be thankful for, family, food, homes, and lots of love.
Wishing all of my fellow Canadians a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend!