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10 Oct, 2006


Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life|Photography


It seems as though my readership is comprised almost entirely of Secret Tooters (see post of Oct 6 if you’re not sure what I’m taking about). Hmm. I never would have guessed so many of you are holding it in like that. Oh man. That can’t be very healthy.

This was the Weekend Of Loose Belts, otherwise known as Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. You ‘Mericans have your Thanksgiving later. This is unfortunate in my view. In Canada, there is a nice gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and visits. You should try celebrating our Thanksgiving for a change. Go ahead. Try it. You’ll like it so much you’ll never go back.

We spent Sunday at my mother’s, who lives a 3-hour drive outside of Ottawa. Mark and I spent most of the day performing the Annual Raking of the Forest. It took hours, but it wasn’t bad given the glorious sunshine and that ever-burning pile of leafs and twigs. I love that smell.

Monday we had a turkey at my in-laws. (Table pictured above) We stuffed ourselves. By the time dessert came around (carrot cake or pumpkin pie) I questioned why I had given away my maternity pants.

It was a great long weekend.

And now we’re back to regularly scheduled weekday programming.

3 Responses to "YOU. YES YOU!"

1 | Zhenia

October 10th, 2006 at 3:02 pm


I am a not-very-secret tooter, much to Ptichka’s chagrin. Ask her about it someday.

American Thanksgiving does have one very important thing on Canadian Thanksgiving: an extra day off. Start rambling: I think that Canadian Thanksgiving may be the last thing that I get used to now that I’m here. For the past ten years, it has always snuck up on me and inspired me to do not much of anything, although I am thankful for Canadian Immigration.

2 | Caroline

October 10th, 2006 at 3:08 pm


I love the way your in-laws napkins are folded – I am going to go home and do that tonight!
……….o.k. I do have a life but the circle in the circle is just so pretty!

3 | Sharon

October 11th, 2006 at 5:42 pm


Beautiful girls and beautiful Table. it was a nice weekend wasn’t it…NOW look how dreary it is.

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