I'm showing another thrifty win from the weekend. Mike was reluctant to buy this quality Halloween decoration, but he relented after a little discussion and BOO is sitting in the living room right now with Doug. YES! I didn't want to leave him outside because he is very light and would most likely blow away. It has been a windy, blustery night. The lights have been flickering and everything. Boo! Spooky.
I felt pretty crappy this morning, so, I stayed home, drank lots of liquids and snoozed. I got lots of sleep and feel better. I'm pretty sure it's not Ebola, but something's going around the office. I think I've slept it off now and will return back to the office in the morning.
I cannot be sick any longer than today. We've got a graduation ceremony to plan.
In other news, I have a big high tea day planned for the weekend with Johanna. We're going for fancy tea at the Fairmont Hotel at the airport. And apparently we're wearing matching animal sweaters in celebration. Just like they do at Buckingham Palace! I am SURE the queen wears a sweater with a cat on it for tea.
I'd better get my fox/raccoon sweater in the washer.
While the turkey is roasting in the oven, set the table with as many containers as possible that have lids on them. Also, have the squirt bottle nearby as to keep any cats off the table. Since we only set the table twice a year, the cats were curious as to what was happening. Eventually we put the kitties in the basement while we ate dinner. But still, lids on everything.
Bring out the pretty tablecloth! Mike's mom gave me this one. It's linen. And excellent.
Fill the pickle tray with little pickles and tiny tomatoes.
When the turkey is ready, bring it to the table and dig in!
Eat the entire dinner in about 20 minutes.
That was delicious!
Feel full for the next 3 hours.
Phew! Happily, we've got lunches for the next few days and dinners, too. I'll have to keep the pumpkin pie until next Saturday. I can't eat another bite, but it turned out really well this time. I roasted the pumpkin last night and added fresh ginger and nutmeg. Really tasty.
As we cleaned out the dining room/moved stuff downstairs, it became very clear our dining room is a very boring space - especially after making the kitchen feel so cozy. It's a little room off to the side of the house that we don't really use at all. It's just a storage spot. We need to do something with this space. Make it more welcoming and useful.
Time to put on the old thinking cap.
Mike & I went on the hunt for some fall foliage and tried a local park called, Green Timbers Urban Forest
. I think we were a little bit early because there wasn't much as far as colourful leaves go. The park was really nice, though.
We walked along the huge, wind-y path called, Cedar Trail. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. We didn't see too many people there until we got to the fishing pond. Sadly, it started to rain just when we got to the pond, so we had to make our way back.
Keep the electronics dry and safe! We did get a few photos before we headed out.
This was a super slack day. Tomorrow, the work begins! I've got a little turkey to make. And a pumpkin pie. I've already roasted the sugar pumpkin, so that's one less step to take care of tomorrow. I will have to clear off the dining room table and set it. I think the last time it was set was Christmas 2013. Heh.
Tonight we'll be getting into the spirit of the season by watching Halloween
. With Doug. And the Halloween kitties.
No candy just yet. We'll have some tomorrow.
Thanksgiving in 5...4...3...2....1
I'm not sure what I like best about these photos. It could be the heart print of my nightgown, or my blue toenails (that polish has lasted a long time) or Oscar looking like a koi fish at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - which reminds me, we need to go there for Halloween.
SPOOKY times! I think koi fish win.
I found this mini ironing board today on my lunch hour and lugged it back home on the skytrain
tonight. I think it will work perfectly in our living room on a $10 side table we have in the shed. I'll dig it out, clean it up and give it a try.
Recently Mike & I have acquired grown up clothes that require plenty of ironing - clothes with collars and things. They really do look awful all wrinkly. SO, on Sunday nights while we're watching several hours of netflix and Boardwalk Empire, I can iron up our clothes for the following week. Whoa. Now I'm setting up an ironing system. CRAZY. And I can prep and iron things for my quilting projects as well. This is quite a step up from the times I only used my iron to wax my cross-country skis. That's a true story and my mom was NOT impressed.
And, I've started decorating.
I think this really needs some Halloween bunting underneath.
I'll get my iron out and start pressing some prairie points