And a strawberry.

Giants at Granville Island

I am sitting in bed typing this. It’s been a fun long weekend – making new friends over a lovely feast on Saturday and a beautiful wedding last night. We also voted in the Federal Election this weekend in the advanced polls (keeners!) and toured around the harbour on a little boat from Granville Island (shown above!) to Yaletown. I have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving weekend (and the rest of the calendar, actually.). I wanted to wrap up the weekend on a nice note so I decided to make a Thanksgiving Lite dinner tonight – I roasted a chicken, made some dressing and mashed potatoes and cranberries. I even made mini pumpkin pies. The results?


I know! How does this happen? The chicken tasted like it went through the BLANDER, not tasty at all. Same with the gravy. So. Sad. The veggies and smashed potatoes were okay, but the worst part? The pie. NO! How could this be?

This is how – the instructions say to put the pies in at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

I definitely remember turning the oven alarm off at the 15 minute mark. Then I reset it to 45 minutes. But did I remember to turn the temperature down? NO. I realized it after about 25 minutes and the pies were “done”. Let’s be honest. They were over done, but not burned. They turned out all fluffy and cake-like. Not custardy at all. BOOO! I hated them.

We ate them anyway. Mike was very polite.

I will never let this happen again. It was tragic.

Good thing the rest of the weekend was awesome. And The Walking Dead is back on, so that completely made up for the crap pie!

Love is…

Love is...what you want it to be.

After attending the early voting polls (Federal Election vote! Check!) we drove into Vancouver for a wedding at Granville Island. I know! On a Sunday! And on Thanksgiving! I was very curious as to how this was going to go. On the way to the Granville Island Hotel, we came across this chalk wall where people wrote their thoughts on love. Very fitting for the event we were about to attend.

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Ouch. I hurt myself with dinner.

Oof. So full.

We were invited to Heather’s mom’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and we got to celebrate today! Hooray! Technically, Thanksgiving isn’t until Monday, so we got to celebrate early. And it was delicious! So much food. Heather’s mom spoiled us. Dinner was delish and the desserts? Amazing. She made a pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust. HEAVEN.

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The Gigantic Hedgehog Quilt

It's a huge hedgehog quilt!

Guess where we were tonight? One guess!

Quilting Bee was lovely this evening. There were plenty of great quilts for Show and Tell, a pop up shop -thanks to Dinkydoo – where I got stocked up on Valentine fabric. HEH. Very important! There was also homemade carrot cake, demonstrations, door prizes (I won fancy zippers! Woohoo!) and visits with friends. It was a fun night after a demanding day at the office.

Now it’s time to hit the sack. But first, please enjoy the gigantic hedgehog quilt by Sherri. It is so adorable. I love the hedgehog with glasses. AWWW!



Sadly, I did NOT win the spooky eyes Eyeballs Quilt lotto. DARN IT.

I mean, congratulations Debbie’s mom! :-)

Last month’s flowers

Last month's flowers

I found these flowers in last month’s Quilting Bee meeting photos. I am sadly out of practice taking photos after only one month of being away. Sheesh. I realized this tonight after doing the photo edits. I also realized last week or the week before something was wonky with my focus. I was able to fix it, but I’m pretty sure I had the wrong setting on for the meeting. So many of the photos were out of focus, it was embarrassing. OOF. Thankfully I was able to salvage 27 photos and I did get just about all the quilts in, so that’s the good news. Tomorrow night I’ll be checking and rechecking my settings – including my ISO.

I also must remember to bring my Spooky Eyes for the quilt block lotto! I am so excited for this, I can’t even tell you. I am eager to see who wins the Eyeballs Quilt blocks.

In non-technical photo news, today was a typical, old fashioned Vancouver Fall. We had a rainy, overcast day. All day long. We drove in today and the drive back was very slow with car crashes dotting the route home. But we made it home in one piece! We certainly get out of practice rain driving around these parts.

This also happens whenever it snows.

Little Ellie

Looking adorable

Today we had a little visitor at the office. Her name is Ellie and she’s a Mini Dachshund. One of my coworkers brought her in today to keep an eye on her. She had a Dog At Play injury earlier this week and had to go to the vet. She seemed just fine today.

She was a little shy at first, but by the end of the day, she was friendly with everyone and let me take her photos. AWWW! Cute!

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Taking it for granted

Pizza at Surrey Central

Tonight I was heading home late – my usual Monday night schedule. Stay in Vancouver after work to meet some pals. I walked to meet them in the sunny sun. We hung out and had a good time (as per usual) and the I hopped on the skytrain without a care in the world.

Suddenly the thought crossed my mind, “It’s supposed to rain this week.” OH. CRAP. This could mean this week is the last we’ll see of the sun for a long time! NO! I haven’t even taken photos of orange leaves yet! So, TOMORROW will be orange leaves day. I know where some are (Newton Exchange) so I’d better have my camera out and ready just before I hop on the bus. Also, there’s some awesome leaves over by Stadium Station (I think) so I can get some there, too.

I got so used to the dry weather that now it’s a big deal to have rain at any time.

Also taking for granted? That Thanksgiving is so far away I have plenty of time to sort out the Great Appetizer of 2015. Nope. It’s this Saturday and I’ve got stuff to do every night except for Wednesday and Friday. So the search ends on Friday.

I’d better come up with something cool IMMEDIATELY.

I see you’ve started decorating.

Today we had company!

Today we had company over! Not just these skeletons, but neighbour friends. We hung out, ate pizza and watched Dr. Who. Good times! Patrick noticed I started decorating for Halloween. I realized that I haven’t even begun! I still have to go into the shed and pull out even more decorations. I also remembered that I haven’t brought out the Peanuts Halloween figures since we moved here. I think this will be our 3rd Halloween in our little townhouse. I really do like our place here. It’s perfect for us.

I have to figure out where to put Charlie Brown and the gang. We had a lovely fireplace mantle at our last place. I’m pretty sure Donner will love the size of these figures, so it will have to be in a cat-free zone. I’ll come up with something. They boyz leave the Christmas Tree alone, so it can’t be much tougher than that.

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The Smashy Brothers Ride Again

Spider web mat

Today Mike headed out to work and I headed upstairs to my sewing room and sewed and sewed and sewed. See the mat that the turkey and the cat are on? It took me all afternoon to make it. I won’t show you the close up because it’s wonky and not in a good way. And I didn’t really like the binding, either, but it will do for now. I tried a spider web design and it looked the spider that spun it was drunk. But I did use free motion foot for the sewing machine and it worked great. I love my sewing machine.

Even though the spider web mat was not the best, my shifty, spooky eyes turned out pretty well!

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The smartest house in the neighbourhood

The book house

I thought I saw something about someone building something with books in The Grove – AKA – the place where 13 year old boys take photos of their six packs, selfie style. Thankfully they had finished their photoshoot and the only people in The Grove today included a girl looking for a library and someone leaving the nearby rec centre who yelled at me, “HEY! IS THAT HOUSE MADE OF BOOKS?”. “YES!” I yelled back. “IT IS!”

There was a sign nearby that said this art installation will be up for the month of October and it still isn’t quite done. I will visit this Book House over the next month to see the finished project. I can’t wait to see what the door will look like!

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