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’twas a most marvelous thanksgiving monday!

the morning was composed of blogging, baking and blogging about baking, in that exact order.

mid-afternoon, we headed out for a fall walk. this could be one of the last weekends of spectacular leaves…

see, they're starting to fall already...

…so the goal was to leaf-watch (too bad not a Toronto Maple Leaf watch, haha!) and chitchat. b and i enjoy very much our walk n talks.

this time i took the self-portrait (remember the skills acquired in florida!)

we had just started out, and we see a woman coming towards us with a large blue umbrella…imagine our surprise when it turned out to be my aunt sharon! what a coincidence! cousin alex was playing in a soccer match nearby, so she was out for her walk!

i love unexpected meet-ups with family!

b and i circled the park, then went through the park in a loop-de-loop fashion.

outskirts of the park...

must share a few more awesome fall colour shots:



crimson, scarlet, deep reds...my favourite shades

around supper time, we made the long commute to our thanksgiving gathering:

jeff lives right below us! gotta love when you can travel in your socks!

jeff pulled out all the stops: a FULL turkey dinner with all the fixings. we gathered with friends from our building to enjoy each other’s company and jeff’s feast:

our host, jeff, with his girl-friend, katie

chef jeff, in action

party people, unite!

jeff's daughter jillian (attending u of w - good choice!), and fiance duncan (who adds international flair, seeing as he hails from australia!)...

our 4th floor neighbour, lou, who is running the nyc marathon on nov 7th; go, lou, go!

1st floor neighbour, sue (who teaches high school phys ec; i love talking sports/school/fitness with her! and b!

1st floor neighbour karen (one of my favourite workout room buddies!) and jillian; btw, no one was really watching football, i think, except maybe duncan!

jeff (that turkey carving is time-consuming!); me; jillian...

let the feasting begin!

buffet + casual seating = perfect party/visiting atmosphere!

the food may be over, but the conversation still flows!

duncan; me; b...

katie, duncan...

aron and raquelle, 2nd floor neighbours, arrived just as dessert appeared – perfect timing!

easy-going aron!...

b; lou; raquelle (great to chat with, always); sue

all in all, it was a fantastic thanksgiving. i really enjoyed just being around home, and having the opportunity to just chill out in the condo casa, walk with b, meet up with sharon, visit and share a traditional thanksgiving celebration with friends.

my family gathers this weekend! i’ll report back on the festivities! hint: our thanksgiving get-together is not traditional, nor does it involve turkey!

Thankful for Rainbows!

I’ve just been snapping photos of my latest recipe (#30 of the 1970 Kiki Project!) and found these photos on my camera. How did I forget about them!?!

When I was driving to Toronto last Tuesday eve, the weather was just clearing…well, in Kitchener, anyway. (It poured rain from Cambridge to Toronto that eve). THE MOST AMAZING rainbow appeared just as I hit the Expressway. It was a full half moon shape across the horizon.

exhibit a

exhibit b

Then, as if a full 180 degree rainbow is not enough, a DOUBLE RAINBOW appeared:

exhibit c

Yes, I was driving and taking photos – full disclosure. And I’m not sorry. This was such a thing of awesome beauty, it had to be captured. And yes, mumsy, I was being very careful!

exhibit d

 Later in the eve, several people remarked on Facebook that they, too, had witnessed the sky-crossing rainbow. It was a “where were you when….” moment!

exhibit e

When I was a little girl, I had a book of Bible stories entitled, “God Keeps His Promise.” The front cover displayed a glorious rainbow. To this day, I always think of that book whenever I see a rainbow.

exhibit f

What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving Monday? Along with rainbows and amazing coloured fall leaves, I give thanks for family, friends, health…the list could go on indefinitely! Happy Thanksgiving Monday!