As an American who no longer lives in the States, it is hard to keep the tradition of a November Thanksgiving alive, when your country celebrates in October (US Columbus Day). I sit here typing thinking of Thanksgiving pasts. The smell of turkey that would take over the house. The Thanksgiving eves spent at the football stadium watching my high school alma mater take on its rival. The Thanksgiving mornings going back to the stadium to watch the other two high schools in the city take each other on. The Thanksgiving where my mom made a ham, lamb and turkey and all the fixings for just the four of us. The years that my parents spent in New Hampshire and we got to go shopping on Thanksgiving Day since a few of the stores opened on the holiday. Regardless of the memory a smile comes across my face. Those were the good ole days! The carefree days of only low stress and no worries. As the years passed on it still was one of the favourite holidays. I remember the year where we showed up and surprised my family for Thanksgiving. Or last year when the kid and I went to Boston and my husband decided to show up at 7:45am knocking on the door surprising us for the day. Needless to say the customs officer looked at him a bit funny when he asked how long were you there for, and he replied I just went for Thanksgiving dinner.
Regardless of how your day plays out today, whether you’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by your family or friends that are like your family. Whether you have to grin and bear it through dinner or are sitting at a table by yourself, know that your friend in Canada is wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for so much today. My amazing family, my wonderful friends, the three countries that I’m blessed to know and have impacted my life so much and of course all of you. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Canada Day weekend my friends. I know that the official holiday isn’t until Monday but I also know that not many people will be reading emails on Monday and really many will be sneaking out early tomorrow, if not tonight. My wish is that each and everyone of you have a Happy and Safe weekend! As Canada celebrates the 150 may your day be filled with family time, laughter and good weather!
For my American friends who are reading this and wondering what the heck Canada day is, here is the definition according to Wikipedia: “A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.”
If you’re like me your car CD changer may be taken over with kid’s music. BINGO, Old McDonald, and a new found favourite for us, Daddy’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow. With all the singing of the zoo when daddy had an impromptu day off we decided to make the drive and visit the Peterborough Zoo. We’ve had friends who have gone to the zoo and said it was great. I mean for a zoo that has free admission and free parking, really what more could you ask for? We knew that there was also a train onsite and little miss wanted to be sure we got on that train, so that was our first stop. We went to the zoo on a gorgeous Sunday when I was expecting it to be super packed and I didn’t find it overwhelming. It is set up where the parking lot could be full but you don’t feel as though people are stepping on your toes to see the animals. The only line we encountered was waiting for the train, which was to be expected. Tickets for the train are $2 and children two and under are free.
The train ride is about 8-10 minutes and it takes you around one area of the zoo. The ‘conductor’ tells you about how the zoo came to be and how some of the animals got to the zoo. There is also a beautiful view of the lake.
Happy Birthday Canada!! Wishing everyone a Happy Canada Day! Enjoy the weekend with your family and friends and be safe everyone!