08 October 2007
Here in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving early in October as opposed to in late November like our American friends do. While today is Thanksgiving day, some of us gather on the Sunday instead, as we did yesterday with my mother, sister and brother in law. As with any gathering, we think of my late beloved father, whose presence is ever felt because we always share stories about things Dad did during family get-togethers or special meals, and we eat and laugh and enjoy one anothers' company.
Yesterday I walked around my sister's garden and took photos, some of which I'll share in a later post; today I strolled around our own yard, well bundled up because the wind off the water today has a distinctive bite. And I thought of some of the many things that I am thankful for, beginning with the glory of autumn foliage on maple trees;
But also for late-blooming roses such as my sister's Morden Sunrise (a Canadian bred beauty). Such a perfect antidote for the cooling, shortening days that we're facing...
...and for a happy home (with the painting now complete...) where wild creatures and plants share in our blessings...
And for many blooms in a tiring but still green garden...(and a new door that longsuffering spouse will paint AFTER he finishes mowing the grass--in October!)
For a comfortable, if messy, office full of plants and photos and oh yes, a few thousand or so books, where I work and earn my living,
...and for all the myriad other pleasures of hearth and home and family--including basking cats...perhaps especially naughty basking cats that sit on the table because they've been 'helping' me read the newspaper, right Simon Q?
I know it's not yet American Thanksgiving, but I'll ask my friends and fellow blogging comrades: what are YOU thankful for?