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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

October Already!

Man, the year is going by too quickly! Today it's the first of October, which means another very busy month. First up is my birthday on the 6th (which I share with my son-in-law), and then comes Thanksgiving - yes in Canada it's the 2nd Monday in October - and next is my older daughter's birthday on the 29th, and finally it's Halloween.

Sunday, my two sisters are taking me out to lunch at the Dockside Restaurant down in Granville Island in the big city of Vancouver. I always say that because I've lived in the 'burbs for so long, I feel like a tourist every time I drive in. I've never been to the Dockside before, but apparently it features floor to ceilings windows overlooking the water and a 50 foot aquarium. I'm really looking forward to it and will let you all know how the food is there.

Then after my students leave on Tuesday (my b'day) Lorne is taking me out to Earl's Restaurant for dinner. It's probably going to be a late night, replete with lots of vino, so it's a good thing Wednesday is a light day with only 2 students late in the afternoon.

The family is coming for Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday so we'll be busy cooking a traditional meal of roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, a corn scallop I make that everyone requests, and maybe a few brussel sprouts for colour. Seriously, I have a video of my grandson eating one last Thanksgiving and he actually liked it!
Halloween is a Saturday this year, so I'm expecting it to be a noisy evening after all the little ones finish their rounds. I'm sure all the teenagers will be out and about lighting their firecrackers and getting into all sorts of mischief. But we'll be cosy in our nice little house with the fire on and nibbling on popcorn and Halloween candy and sipping warm apple cider.

We've been wanting to get away for a few days, but life just seems to get in the way. Sometimes I wish time would stand still for a little while so I can absorb the moments rather than flitting through them to get to the next task.
October is one of my favourite months for all the reasons mentioned above. I hope it's sunny a lot, too, so we can go on a little photo safari to capture the colours of the season. Stay tuned for updates on all our activities. And wishing everyone a wonderful autumn season!


nancygrayce said...

The year is passing too fast! I'll bet it's so beautiful there though.

Sounds like you're having a birthday week! Way to go, I like to stretch them out as long as possible...

Leslie: said...

You're right, Nancy. It's always fun to celebrate more than once. Makes you feel even more special.

Shrinky said...

Oh gosh, what a packed schedule! Yes, a busy, but happy time too, surrounded by all your family and friends. The colours in that top photograph are stunning, a beautiful shot. I find the older I get, the faster time flies, it's quite scary really..

Maggie May said...

October already & you have a birthday soon. We have several family birthdays in October.
Hope you have a great one.
Time whizzes by the older you get.It is so hard to fit everything in. Especially housework.
Hope you have a great weekend.

Liz said...

What is a corn scallop?

Mimi said...

Enjoy it all, Leslie! You've a busy few days there, but several birthday celebrations is the way to go!
Your first photo is stunning.

TechnoBabe said...

I have been to Vancouver a few times and really like it there. If we hadn't moved here last year, the Vancouver area was one of my top choices. I hope you enjoy your birthday get-togethers!

Novice Writer said...

Hi! First time here! So a busy month ahead? Hope you have lots of fun:-)

nancygrayce said...

Oh, yes, I do remember! Sweet memories.....you just concentrate on him!!!

Pear tree cottage! said...

Hello Leslie, your birthday is the same day as my grand mothers and she would have been 98 this year....It feels just like yesterday when I sat at her old kitchen table and she showed me how to make the best scones in the whole world............what a lovely day for the two of you to share.

Enjoy your busy birthday week!

good wishes always Lee-Ann