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11 Oct, 2008

Thanksgiving Eve

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Westboro|Ottawa|Photography

 hot lemon tea

These last few days have been something of a struggle. Put plainly, I have felt like crap, still do, in fact. My energy is close to nil. My throat is so sore from coughing I can barely talk. AND I’ve been feeling guilty and sad that I’ve been missing this fantastic weather.

Because it has been, well, fantastic.

I felt well enough today to rake a few leaves and take a few outdoor photos around the garden. The colours, the patterns … everything is so pretty this time of year. I love fall.

our maple

divided tree

dead cone flowers


giant wingless fly on the rain barrel

raspberry thorns

nasturtiam leaves

red maples = fall

We went down the village to check out a fall fest. Funny, I thought I was fairly in the know about this kind of thing but this one escaped me.

Here we are, in the new Roots. Sarah’s expression cracks me up.

rabbit ears

There were some other critters down there too:

meet Cuddles

And we strolled by the Superstore to pick up something for the BBQ. The parking lot was packed. I was happy that I did my shopping on Friday, even though it KILLED me to do it, I was just so ill. I like my shadow in this photo:

parking lot at the Superstore

(Here’s a tip. If this location is busy – which it is, like, every Saturday and major holiday – go to the Merivale Road location instead. It’s almost always empty.)

Today was also Sarah’s seventh-and-a-half birthday. Here’s her half cake:

Sarah is seven-and-a-half

A busy day huh? Now I’m going to go and collapse… and dream about our dinner tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who came forward with their ideas! I’ll let you know what we cooked up.

Happy Thanksgiving!

5 Responses to "Thanksgiving Eve"

1 | Marla

October 11th, 2008 at 9:44 pm


Awwww, I feel you. Um…is it me, or are holidays not as much fun when one is not only a grown up — but THE grown up? The one who makes everyone else’s holiday fun?

I love the image of the yellow leaves, they look like they’re tumbling downward. And yesterday I cut down my coneflowers from the garden – they’d gone from interestingly dead seedheads to decaying limp sprawlers. I only let the white ones seed, I’m not in love with the purple ones.

I’m sorry you’re not well – please get better by the time we want to visit? Because it’s pretty much for sure, I’m sure!

2 | Bob LeDrew

October 12th, 2008 at 10:04 am


Whoever started this cold deserves a special place in hell. I’m a week in and still producing gallons of snot. And man, does that make a guy irresistible.

3 | Scattered Mom

October 12th, 2008 at 10:49 am


Sorry to hear you’re sick. :( I’m fighting the cold too! You’d think by now I’d figure out that maybe it’s better to pick up some Thanksgiving Dinner supplies a little early, instead of facing the zoo at the grocery store on Saturday.

I love fall too, and while there’s no festivals in our parts this weekend, we might get outdoors for a hike.

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

4 | Ginger

October 12th, 2008 at 3:00 pm


I hope that have a wonderful Thanksgiving. And thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures of fall. Everything in my part of Texas is still green.

5 | J.

October 15th, 2008 at 11:39 am


I love half birthays! I threw a 21 1/2 birthday party for A. a couple years ago. It was a surprise party, boy! was he ever surprised :)

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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