Well, I have one turkey dinner down and two to go! (One isn’t until the end of November though, so it gives me time to recover) It was a great one though, and everything was simply yummy. I didn’t stuff myself (too much) although by the end of the meal I couldn’t manage to finish my piece of pumpkin cake with dark chocolate ganache filling. It was really a crime but I had to toss the rest of it out. I could eat no more.
I remember when I was young and my mother used to tell me to finish everything on my plate or I can’t _ (fill in the blank with any phrase like “dessert” or “leave the table” or “play outside” – I am sure many of you remember those days!) While it did teach us not to take too more than we should, I wonder sometimes if it also didn’t train us to overeat when were were already full. Hummm . . .
In any case, the evening was very pleasant and it was a good change of pace to get out and be with some non-woodworking people for a change.
In preparation for the meal, Keith and I did get out and take a nice walk. It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining and it was cool but not cold with no wind. We headed out to nearby Eel lake to walk the loop there and get a breath of fresh air.
While the woods were pretty, I fear that we will have little color this autumn. It seems that the leaves are just turning from green to gold to brown and I see little evidence of any of the beautiful oranges and pinks that we had last year. It is still pretty however, and I like the woods there next to the lake. The lake itself was peaceful and calm and probably looks like thousands of other little lakes here in Nova Scotia.
In looking at the picture, I notice that there is still a lot of green left so there is hope that there will be some colors yet. I am not sure why some years the colors are deeper than others, but I am sure that there is a reason. I remember last year looking at the landscape and marveling at the shades of crimson and orange and yellow and green all at once. It was as if someone took a paintbrush and painted the trees.
In any case it was a nice walk and good to get out in the fresh air for a while.
I also got some woodworking done and got to work on my calender topper. I embedded the little magnets in it and everything went smoothly.
I also got the majority of the drawing done and I should be able to do some cutting today. Things are falling into place nicely and it finally seems like the project is coming together how I want it to. I have about half a day today to work on it though, as we are due to go out to my friend Bernie’s cottage for turkey dinner #2. Today is the ‘real Thanksgiving’ here in Canada and most places are closed. I did all my cooking already (actually I did it all on Saturday) so that will leave at least part of my day free to work on the sign. I have a deadline on it and I have got to get it into the mail by this week.
For those of you in Canada, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! For all the rest of you – happy Monday! I hope you have a good day whatever you do and find a way to enjoy it!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"