Friday, October 09, 2020

A Cozy and Thankful Weekend Ahead

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!

22 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. COvid will certainly change our holidays this year. Still, we are healthy , so thankful for that!

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. My weekend will be quiet. My son and I will have a simple supper tomorrow and that’s about it.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you and yours. Hope you can celebrate in some fashion.

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  4. Very enjoyable post. The flowers are lovely and that vegetable dish sounded so good. Hope you have a good Thanksgiving. I have a friend in Canada so I must remember to wish her a Happy Thanksgiving on Monday.

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Lorrie!
    I wish there was a day like that here as well, to help remembering that most of us have many reasons to be thankful for.
    Lovely photos, as always! And I must say I enjoyed reading the text with a large font.
    Stay safe!

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving Lorrie. It's a shame we dont have that in the UK.
    How lovely to be able to find such a pretty bouquet of flowers, even in October.

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of your family - whatever you end up doing I am sure that you will all have a very special and memorable time.

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you and your family. However you celebrate it will be good to be together. Have a wonderful time.

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you. Just my husband and I, but we are going to roast a small turkey so we can enjoy the leftovers. Today will be our best weather day here in southern
    Ontario so we will go for a lovely trail walk.

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving to You & Yours!
    Beautiful flowers. The beet, carrot and blue cheese looks delicious. Roasted vegetables are a rewarding change from the usual meat and potato type meals.

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  11. Dear Lorrie,
    Your beet/carrot/blue cheese dish came at just the right time. I still have too may vegetables in my garden.
    Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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  12. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you get to do something special....strange times indeed. But we still have so much to be thankful for. Love your stitching. I know I would enjoy a project like that. Hugs!

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  13. My what a lovely post. I'm sure that your Thanksgiving will turn out lovely . . . I've also been thinking about having an outdoor fire and a sausage roast. Just waiting for a time when a few friends have time to gather. It's a great way to visit and distant at the same time :)

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  14. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

    The roasted vegetables look wonderful.

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  15. I wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving!

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving!! Too bad about the rain spoiling the chances for a fire and hot dogs. The deluge happened here overnight. It rained so hard some water managed to seep into the basement.

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  17. When my eyesight was good I did cross.stitch. The most difficult piece I did was on linen. Hard to do but beautiful when done.

    Happy Thanksgiving. We are having a family meal together tomorrow. PEI is not under the same Covid precautions as much of the rest of the country.

    Take care.

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  18. Happy Thanksgiving. I've got vegetables to roast. I'm going to use your recipe. My new stitchery has shipped. I'm looking forward to it.

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  19. Happy Thanksgiving! Your stitchery looks nice. I really should pull out an embroidery project for these cloudy days to come. Enjoy your holiday! Kit

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  20. The roasted veggies look great!

    Time continues to fly. It'll be Halloween before we know it!

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  21. Lorrie - nothing says fall like roasted root vegetables! It makes my mouth water! Enjoy your upcoming weekend!

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