It’s Thanksgiving weekend here this weekend. So the Braemel family is kicking back a bit. When the boys were little we’d do a lot of family oriented things–apple picking, pumpkin picking. Driving north to look at the fall colors. But now the boys are grown and a lot of the things we used to do with them have fallen by the wayside.  Guitar Hero is getting ready to head over to his girlfriend’s for the weekend, and I’m unsure if he’ll be back for our family Thanksgiving dinner. (Can you hear my heart-heavy sigh from there? I’ve been practicing it to make him feel guilty.) It’s a beautiful day, blue sky, sun shine and low 50s for those who think in Fahrenheit (it’s 11 degrees C right now—which is *does mental math, not my forte, times 11 by 2, add 30 for a rough estimate, so 52F) It’s a crisp and clear and lovely day and I’m restless, so Gizmo Guy and I are going to drive north today to “view the colors” as we used to do.

these were taken up near Collingwood last year

Tomorrow’s the day we’re doing our turkey (some people will do theirs on Monday, like GH’s girlfriend) so it’s going to be fairly quiet on the blog the next couple of days.

Happy Thanksgiving
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5 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving

  • October 9, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend, Leah!

    I too have lost my children to others this weekend. They love going to their good friends' farm and helping out, so off they drove (an hour away) last night. Mind you, they are returning for 6 pm tonight to join us at a neighbours' home for THEIR Thanksgiving supper, but then they'll drive off again, back to the farm, leaving me and my husband alone for the remainder of the weekend. That's fine by me! I like your idea about seeing the falling/changing leaves. We haven't done that since the kids were smaller. Maybe tomorrow…. We could even take my husband's mom (who has Alzheimer's).

    I laughed when I read about trying to guilt your son. I did something similar this week. My son's car needed to go into the shop on Thursday, but he was at work and needed it for Friday night for above-mentioned farm trip. So I drove 20 minutes to his work, switched cars with him, and drove his car to our garage, 30 minutes from his work, and I stayed until the car was finished, at which time my son had finished work and joined me (so he could pay and switch cars back). When we got home, I informed him that I would prefer he not leave for the farm until after supper Friday night (as he had Friday off work for a 5-day weekend) and then take his sister with him, instead of using two cars for the one-day trip. He wasn't happy. Then I threw in the guilt, saying something like, "I spent FIVE hours of my day because of you and your car, so I missed putting a big roast in the oven at 1 pm today. I have to cook it tomorrow now, and you and your sister can help us eat it before leaving. It's the LEAST you can do!" So he stayed. No argument. Nothing. He DID text his sister to lament his change of plans. She was thrilled, of course, so they left together after they did the dishes. (I had thawed the roast in the fridge on Tuesday/Wednesday and forgot to put it in the oven on time on Wednesday, then got home at around 4 pm because of his car on Thursday, so it HAD to be cooked Friday.)

    Ah … the joys…. I hope you enjoyed the fall colours. They are beautiful here too (a couple of hours east of Toronto).

  • October 9, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love fall's colors. Too bad for me I probably won't see them until after my Thanksgiving.

  • October 9, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  • October 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Leah

  • October 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Leah! Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. And ho-boy. Those pictures are gorgeous! Sometimes living in So. Cal is the pits. We don't get changing colors like that. Breathtaking.

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