The Thanksgiving that wasn’t… And the rest of the week too!

I am Canadian. We celebrate Thanksgiving on the 2nd Sunday of October. Our traditions include the usual turkey with all the trimmings. Mashed potatoes, lots of gravy, lots of veggies, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Canadians also add some yummy traditional fare like tourtiere (a ground meat pie that is awesome), and deserts like tarte au sucre (sugar pie), butter tarts, raisin pie, rhubarb pie, and nanaimo bars. Thanksgiving is a feast, but forget about counting calories!

For weeks later we had leftovers. Turkey stew, turkey soup, turkey a la king, turkey sandwiches. I never got tired of it, and the best part is that in just 2 short months, Christmas was here and the same foods were on the table again!

In the Caribbean, Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated. Not in October, not even in November like the USA. Our next holiday is Divali, then Christmas. I really miss this holiday. More important than the food, family and friends were always around. People are generally friendlier.

So this week my wonderful husband is still on a much needed vacation from work. I love having him home. Love the slower pace. He started vacation on October 3rd, but the first week wasn’t what we planned. We were going to hit a beach or two. Peanut had other plans.

The night before holidays, Peanut came down with a high fever. By next morning the gastro hit. The stomach cramps were severe, and he lost about 5 pounds over the week. Peanut went down to 44 pounds. He was miserable. We were miserable. Thankfully by last Sunday he was feeling a bit better and things were getting back to normal.

Because of this, school took a back seat. We did the basics; some math, some reading. But really nothing else. But am I worried about us now being behind? Nope. I can always squeeze in an extra lesson here and there till we are caught up. This is a great example of how flexible homeschooling is! And the best part is that he’s already 6 weeks ahead in math.

What have I done these past couple of weeks? I’ve finished making my twin daughters their birthday gifts. Now I just have to mail them off soon and hope it gets to them before their birthday. I’ve also started on some other gifts for Christmas. My favorite so far is a really nice scarf. It’s taking me about 2 days to finish one, that’s how intricate and fiddly this pattern is. It’s called the color pooling method, and it’s done in a crochet moss stitch.




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