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Canadian Thanksgiving has always confused me a bit, even though it is my favourite holiday of the year.  It’s not about the pilgrims or anything like in the States, and it isn’t a Christian holiday though Christians and secular Christians celebrate it (you know, the people who celebrate Christmas for Santa rather than Jesus). It’s an honest-to-goodness old fashioned Harvest Festival (at least it is the way we do it), which is why I think I enjoy it so much.

I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner, in part because it involves so many of my favourite foods: turkey, squash, apples, stuffing, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg…  Everything turned out so well, and dinner was delicious, thanks to the entire family who all helped in their own ways (even if it just meant staying out of the kitchen).

We were lucky here in Nova Scotia to have had a cold snap last week (real mitten weather) which has finally made the leaves start to turn.  The weather this weekend, though, was in the mid 20s so we spent a lot of time out in the open air, walking in the woods and enjoying the smells and sounds of nature.

This time of year always makes me feel really alive and creative, almost in spite of the fact that the world is dying and going to sleep, only to be reborn in the Spring.  As in Game of Thrones, ‘Winter is Coming.’

I am thankful for so many things, not just at this time of year but always.  I have so many things to be thankful for.

I live in a country where as a woman I can vote, where I may marry whomever I choose, where my children are able to see a doctor whenever they need to and can go to school.  I live in a country where my daughter is treated the same as my son, and where being called a woman is not the worst insult one can give.  I live in a country where stupid people do stupid things, and people make bad choices, but are held accountable, and where the law applies to everyone, not just some.

Nothing is perfect, but I am so thankful that we have the ability to make things better and to effect political change without having to give our lives in the process.

I am thankful for my amazing children who astonish me every day and constantly keep me on my toes.

I am thankful for my incredible husband who works even harder so that I may live my dreams.

I am thankful for my mother, my sister, and my grandmother, whose unflinching support of my every endeavour borders on the insane.

Happy Harvest, everyone, and may the blessings of the Gods be upon you and yours.


Wow.  Just wow.

It’s been almost a year since I’ve updated this blog (this supposedly *daily*, or at least *weekly* blog)…  A year of many ups and downs…

A year of working at a low-paying yet necessary job that I really enjoyed more than I should have…

A year where I celebrated my tenth wedding anniversary and traveled through Europe (Reykjavik, Amsterdam, and Paris! – Awesome!) but was incredibly sick the entire time (not so awesome). On the upside, the hospital in Amsterdam was fantastic (it had the coolest looking radiology department I’ve ever seen and I wish I’d been able to take a picture but I was too busy throwing up). On the down side, I threw up on a horse.

A year where my eldest child started primary school and my youngest started preschool – if anything makes me feel old, this is it.

And it’s been a year where I haven’t really felt all that creative.  I haven’t stopped making things, but for a while I wasn’t really enjoying it very much.  Now that things have calmed down, I’m not working an incredibly stressful and physically demanding job, and I have more time to myself, I am starting to feel like myself again.  I am starting to feel that creative spark.

I’m also starting something new.  Something I’m really really excited about.  One of my passions.

Platypus Symphony is going VINTAGE!

That’s right: starting this week I will be selling some *amazing* vintage items in the Platypus Symphony Etsy Store!  I have been collecting vintage and antique housewares and beauty products for years and now I’d like to share my collection with the world!

P.S.  As soon as I’d posted this, the following thing popped up: “This is your 11th post. Incredible! This post has 275 words.”  I think WordPress is being sarcastic!

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Ellen, a crafty homemaker with two kids and a penchant for correcting other people's grammar.

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