Tuesday, December 01, 2020

One Sentence A Day: November 2020

I've almost documented an entire year in one sentence a day. I LOVE this way of recalling my month and will definitely be continuing with this in 2021. As I mentioned in my October What's Up Wednesday post, I always dread November. Canadians don't have holidays this month and, to me, it's just a long month of nothingness. So read on to see how our November went. Was it good? Was it bad? Did we survive? :) Hahaha -- yes, of course we did.

1 - Sunday - Today was defined by the colour orange -- we processed a pumpkin, had Kraft Dinner and Cheetos for lunch, and ate stuffed acorn squash covered in cheddar cheese for supper.


2 - Monday - I worked, I came home, I tried to stay awake long enough to do a load of laundry after dinner -- I succeeded!

3 - Tuesday - We got much needed haircuts today for the first time since the end of June.

4 - Wednesday - We got family pictures taken this day.

The official photo of 2020

5 - Thursday - The election continued and I was watching more hours of news than I was getting hours of sleep.

6 - Friday - I kicked off the weekend by having a drink outside while I painted my toenails and read a book.

7 - Saturday - We met up with friends we hadn't seen in a very long time and hiked at a conservation area and it was amazing.

8 - Sunday - I spent over nine hours outside, mostly doing yard work, with a little bit of walking, garage cleaning, and visiting thrown in there, and it was the best day I've had in a long time! 

9 - Monday - I got an unexpected walk in with my best friend after work and it was so good to spend time with her and enjoy the glorious weather.

10 - Tuesday - Rachel and I baked pumpkin muffins after supper for some special deliveries the next day.

 11 - Wednesday - We delivered treat bags to the youth from church who were finishing up their first quadmester and I enjoyed getting to briefly connect with church friends who I hadn't seen in awhile.

12 - Thursday - We had tuna noodle casserole for supper and it was comfort in a bowl.

13 - Friday - It was a long day at work, I was grumpy, I went to bed at 6:30pm and was asleep before 8. #goodriddancetotheworkweek

14 - Saturday - Rachel and I unexpectedly joined one of her school friends to explore in the woods and we LOVED it!!!

15 - Sunday - I remembered how to do a "performance ready" bun for Rachel's ballet workshop.

16 - Monday - The city came and took all our leaves away and I was sooooo happy!!!

17 - Tuesday - I read my book club book this evening and it was just as good the second time around. (The book was The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 In Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede, in case you're wondering.)

18 - Wednesday - It was book club night and I LOVE these women!

19 - Thursday - I had a walking meeting with one of our pastors and our conversation was really good.

20 - Friday - The new playground at the school opened and there was an impromptu (physically distant) catching up with neighbours as the kids played for a few minutes.

21 - Saturday - We headed back out to the woods and then baked cookies and watched a Hallmark movie, Christmas in Vienna.

22 - Sunday - It snowed a TON today and I shoveled four times in eight hours and then I was done.

23 - Monday - I took the day off today, as the kids were off school, and Rachel and I watched a Hallmark Christmas movie to start the day, which was actually kind of perfect :)

24 - Tuesday - It was the day of packages arriving which made for a fun day!

25 - Wednesday - I was exhausted for some reason and went to bed at 7:30pm.

26 - Thursday - It was a quiet day at work and we had a delicious supper of sauteed shrimp and Caesar salad.

27 - Friday - Dave and I got almost all of our holiday shopping done at local shops today and in the evening we got most of our holiday cards addressed!

28 - Saturday - We watched three Hallmark Christmas movies and stayed in our pajamas until 4pm this day.

29 - Sunday - I got our outside window boxes decorated this day.

30 - Monday - We're awaiting Covid test results for one family member, and out of an abundance of caution, we all stayed home this day so I baked cookies and (to no one's surprise) watched another Hallmark Christmas movie!

Monday, November 30, 2020

25 Days Of Gratitude Photo Challenge: Week Four

This is my last post for the 25 Days of Gratitude Photo Challenge. This photo challenge has been hosted by Leslie at Once Upon A Time and Happily Ever After.

My Autumn 2020 Bucket List: Update 10.2020 

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Good health

Shoveling a lot of snow four times over the course of eight hours has got to keep me in good health, right?!?!?


I really enjoyed reading this book this week. It's a love story but not the one you expect when you first start to read it. I really liked it.


It was so quiet on our street the day it snowed. Hardly anyone was out and about driving and it was such a peaceful day. 


Here is our official family photo from earlier in the month and a candid photo from last week. Whether we're being (somewhat) formal or candid, I love my little family :)

Friday, November 27, 2020

In Which We Escaped From The City...

A few Saturdays ago we met up with some friends from out of town at a conservation area about halfway between our houses. We wanted to see them in person but still be able to remain distant. Visiting this conservation area, on a beautiful fall day, was the best of both worlds. It was amazing to see our friends in person and it was a gorgeous place to visit.

I didn't realize that they had added an art installation since we had visited last and we enjoyed seeing all the different wood carvings.
I also loved walking through the woods and seeing the lake.
I need to find ways to keep getting outside, even when the weather gets colder. After all, I'm fairly certain the outdoors is just as beautiful and amazing in winter too. I'm just a little less convinced of it :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

What's Up Wednesday: November 2020

Welcome to What's Up Wednesday for November 2020. I'm linking up with Shay at Mix and Match Mama and Sheaffer at Sheaffer Told Me To to talk about what we've been up to lately. I love writing these posts, I love reading all of your posts, and I love re-reading my posts to see what we've been up to in previous months/years.

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What we're eating this week... A few weeks ago, Holly who blogs over at Pink Lady, wrote about a cookie her mom makes, Applesauce Jumbles. They sounded delicious and thankfully she shared the recipe. Let's just say, we're on our second batch already. These cookies are DELICIOUS!!! You need to go to Holly's blog, get the recipe here, and make yourself a batch as soon as possible. Seriously, they're so good.

What I'm reminiscing about... Last year, around this time, Rachel was in her first holiday dance performance. Her studio alternates between performing "The Snowman and the Snowdog" and "The Nutcracker." This was supposed to be a Nutcracker year and I'm so sad it's not happening. So instead I'm reminiscing about last year when she was a polar bear.
What I'm loving... Our family pictures! We got them taken on a gorgeous day in early November and I LOVE how they turned out. Here's a small sample:

All pictures by Tessa of "t.e.h photography."
What we've been up to... We've managed to get outside and to a forest for all of the weekends in November thus far and I've been loving our forest hikes/walks. I'm feeling committed to getting outside, and getting exercise once again, and it's been such a good way to soak up some of the beautiful weather we've been having before winter hits.

What I'm dreading... Christmas without my parents :( And the holidays in general. I'm dreading not being able to get together with anybody. Boo.
What I'm working on... I ordered our holiday cards (Update: They arrived yesterday!!!) and I've been working on our 2021 calendars. We make two every year -- one for us and one for my parents -- and I have been working on those. Also, on Sunday, I shoveled snow four times in eight hours so I was working on that too!
What I'm excited about... We have a Cheese Advent Calendar sitting in our fridge, so honestly, I'm excited about that :) Plus, I've taken Friday off of work and Dave and I are hoping to do all of our Channukah/Christmas shopping in one day. We're committed to supporting local so we're going to hit our uptown and hopefully get it all done. I'm excited to spend a day with Dave and excited to spend a day in our uptown again.

What I'm watching/reading... We finally started watching Hallmark Christmas movies. I know, I know, I'm pretty far behind the curve on this one, but I feel like Christmas is special and having two (or more) months of Christmas isn't special to me. I'm really going to soak up all the holiday goodness starting this weekend, but we watched a couple of the movies this past weekend and they were fun! We saw Christmas in Vienna and Christmas Tree Lane.

The last book I read was "In Five Years" by Rebecca Serle. It reminded me a little bit of "Oona Out of Order" in that the main character gets a glimpse of the future and then the story is about how they get to that very different looking future.
What I'm listening to... Right now as I'm writing this blog post, Rachel is working on Dave's computer, writing a play for her stuffed animals and listening to music through headphones and singing. Loudly. She's alternating between "Into the Unknown" and "My Heart Will Go On." 
What I'm wearing... Well, Sam got a Sherpa sweater in March, I got one in October, and then I got one for Rachel in November. This past weekend Dave commented, "I want one too!" so we're all wearing them. As Dave said, "We're just a big pile of cozy!" Hahaha!!!

What I'm doing this weekend... We might try to get out to the woods again. We're going to light the first candle on our Advent wreath and I'm going to pull out our Christmas and Channukah decorations. It's time to get festive!

What I'm looking forward to next month... Jólabókaflóð. This is the Icelandic tradition of giving everyone a new book and spending Christmas Eve reading. Our family has done this the past couple of years and I LOVE it. It's such a cozy way to spend the evening. The kids call it the Christmas-athon which I love :)

What else is new... Since we're Canadian, we celebrated Thanksgiving back in October. However, the kids wanted to mark American Thanksgiving this year so we've planned a special supper for tomorrow night. Then we might break out our matching family pajamas for this year and start addressing our holiday cards. We shall see...