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Happy Thanksgiving…

Today I realized that I haven’t been home for Thanksgiving since 2008!  The last three years I’ve been living away from family and haven’t made the trip back to see family.  I think it’s because I’d rather try to make it home for Christmas rather than Thanksgiving.  Because of not being at home with family…I’ve made new traditions every year.  In 2009, I was living in Pangnirtung..and got together with a group of people and had a potluck fun filled Thanksgiving dinner.

Last year  I was living in Winnipeg… I posted a funny pictorial story about my ‘quest for turkey’… (go ahead and take a look–I’ll wait!).  I ended going to my Conni and Brent’s for Thanksgiving! (Conni was a coworker, another instructor at Red River College and invited me to come out to her house for dinner!)  It was a great day…I had a blast walking in the fields around her house, and met more of her family…but never felt like an outsider!  It was a bit later in the year that I started to refer to Conni as my MB Mum!–but I suppose that’s another story… Great memories were made…and looking through my photos even today makes me smile remembering it all!

This year, I’m heading over to Morena and Nick’s house for turkey… I’m blessed to join their family for this holiday!   I’ve baked my family’s special sweet potatoes (after a few phone calls to my mum, 1 to my sister-in-law, and another back to my mum…I tracked down the RIGHT recipe!) I attempted to make bread–well the first attempt didn’t rise; and the 2nd is still in process–fingers crossed that it turns out right!  I also made some ‘sweets’ for dessert…brownies, and some oatmeal-peanut-butter-drops!

I must admit that during this time of year it’s good to take a bit of time to reflect about life… and this year it made me realize that I have so many good things in my life to be thankful for!  In no particular order here’s a few from my list….

I’m thankful for: family, friends-near and far away, good health, a job that I actually like, adventures-big or small, friends that have babies/ toddlers/ preschoolers/ school agers that I get to cuddle! For chocolate…and ice cream… and for technology that keeps me connected to the ones I love!

Now a post isn’t a post until I share a few photos right? This photo were actually taken in 2010…but I had to share because it’s just that good!

Photo by Ryan Bealer

Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend… doing whatever traditions your family has created!  Enjoy your turkey… I know I will!!!


>Happy TURKEY Day!!!!

>My Mission: To find some turkey this weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba…

Well it’s Thanksgiving Weekend… seeing as I live here alone in Manitoba and did not travel back to Ontario, more specifically Haliburton where my family gathered for their turkey… I decided I should go out to find me some TURKEY all on my own!!!

While driving the other day in Birds Hill Park… I happened to spot THIS… I did take the time to ask the age old question… “why did the turkey cross the road?” to this turkey…but apparently he didn’t have time to answer! And I still don’t have an answer other than, “to get to the other side of the road..”

 My 1st attempt at getting a turkey was to try to integrate and ‘hide’ myself amongst the turkey’s…hoping that they would see me as one of their own… so then I could catch one more easily.. But I don’t think I was very successful at my camouflage! As much of a turkey I might actually be…. the real deal didn’t see it that way!

Photo by Ryan Bealer 

2nd attempt: Make noises, and hold some ‘grasses’ in my hand…. to see if I can draw them closer!? Again… not so successful…

Photo by Ryan Bealer 

 3rd Attempt: While Ryan was taking other shots of me in the woods… all of a sudden the turkeys came RUSHING into the woods… (not sure why… because nothing was happening ie) no loud noises, etc)… but I slowly snuck up on these little guys… and was so close… but then I realized… “what am I going to do once I catch it? I’m so not a neck-snapping, plucking feathers kind of gal…” Secretly I’m glad that I didn’t actually catch one.. because that seems like a messy business!!!

Photo by Ryan Bealer
I wish all my Canadian friends and family… a happy thanksgiving weekend.. and may you enjoy your turkey, dead or alive!! 😉
Luckily when the next day at work, Conni one of my co-workers came and asked me to come to her house for Thanksgiving with her family! 
So I suppose I did find my turkey, here in Winnipeg and I didn’t even have to kill it myself!!! I’ll keep you posted on more stories from my first Thanksgiving here in Manitoba! 
…to be continued…