It was a beautiful weekend for our Thanksgiving celebration this year. We continued our tradition of sharing our meal with four other families on the Bay and this was our year on the rotation. I was up at 6:30am to light the gas oven and prep the 28lb turkey for our meal. The cottage was quiet with sleeping children and husband, the sun was just beginning to rise and the water was calm. It was a lovely way to start the day and made the early hour very sweet. We planned for 30 people because there could always be an additional friend or partner that tag along and really, the more the merrier. 27 people were confirmed, but due to illness and other reasons our head count was at 23 in the end. For the first time, my parents travelled up and spent the weekend celebrating with us which was very special.  I missed my my MIL and I know she was on everyone’s minds but I think that the meal I made and the time that we all had would have made her happy. I ended up being so busy with the cooking and enjoying chatting with our friends that I took zero pictures of the main event, but early the next morning I snapped a few shots off the back deck. We do see some colour out in the islands, but nature’s showiness was at her most resplendent on our drive back home on Monday. Now, next Spring seems very far away. John is hopeful for enough ice this winter to come over on the snowshoes for a long weekend in February, but I confess to being too chicken to come along. I like my feet on the land.


I did start my September pillow when I had a few minutes here and there. The pattern is very straight forward and the Quince&Co. Osprey yarn, though a bit of a splurge with our Canadian dollar, is so beautiful to work with. Also, as this is a small project, I might actually finish it this year. Might. I’m still listening to the Gabaldon “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” (only 3 hours left out of 30+) and 11/22/63 by Stephen King should also be finished up this weekend.


John will be headed up to the Bay this coming weekend to do all of the close up chores and winterize our place. There is some snow in the forecast and I don’t envy him the jobs that will require a bit of a dip into the water. I better make some chocolate chip cookies on Sunday morning to welcome him home and say thank you. Anyone interested in the recipe? I’m happy to post if yes – they are particularly good….. They clinched the deal in getting John to marry me.

Joining with Ginny

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10 Responses to thankful

  1. Elise says:

    What gorgeous yarn, I bet it’s worth it! The pattern is so pretty, I’m off to have a better look at it now! 🙂

  2. Pom Pom says:

    Definitely share the chocolate chip cookie recipe!
    I love your knitting and your view!

  3. Veronica says:

    OooH I really like how that pillow is coming to life! I think I need to get some yarn and knit a couple for my home. Problem is… hubby doesn’t really like yarn things, maybe I can use some cotton blend.. mh… will need to see what I can find.
    Have a lovely day!

  4. what a beautiful spot. Being with friends and family for the holidays is always the best part.

  5. John says:

    I would’ve married you without the cookies! But they’re a great bonus!

  6. Jennifer says:

    It sounds like you had a lovely holiday gathering. It must have been even more special to have your parents join you. I don’t see my parents often and I do wish we could be together on holidays, especially at my house now that I’m grown up. I love the look of your knitting so far, that’s a nice color. I would love to see your cookie recipe, I’m always looking for new ones. I hope you’re having a good week.

  7. fawn says:

    What a heartfelt post! It sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving.
    I would say that you definitely must share your cookie recipe now, what with a big success story like that!!!

  8. Joan McNeil says:

    Thank you, Caroline for the beautiful Thanksgiving celebration! The meal was delicious and your island neighbors were so much fun.

  9. Gracie says:

    So glad you had a good Thanksgiving celebration…even while missing those who were not there. I can remember many good occasions when my husband and I would look at each other in amazement after the event when we realized we were so busy having fun we never once took a photo even though we had the camera out and ready for action 🙂

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