We've been making lots of plans for Christmas though – dinners with friends, work parties, who's having Christmas where – it's been nice ramping up to the best time of year! I've had the "holiday traditions" channel set on my radio, enjoying the classics each time I drive to and from work, and just this past weekend Rick put up our Christmas lights. Slowly we're seeing more and more houses light up at night. I've started our Christmas shopping as well, as it's always nice to have it done early and just relax come the week of, don't you think?
Hope you're all enjoying your November! What holiday traditions do you look forward to each year?
P.S. Notice the paint swatch? We'll be painting this room a whole lot lighter soon!
The night ended early though, as November decided to blow in hard and rainy, keeping me up most of the night. It's a blustery one out there, a sure sign of cold days to come. Now is the time I like to start creating a cozy home – bring out the blankets, flannel sheets, and multiple candles to light each evening. I detest the bitter cold, but there sure is something about hibernating indoors just before the holidays.
This month we have a couple of celebrations, get-togethers, and things to do around the house. I'm most looking forward to seeing Swan Lake next week, performed by the National Ballet. Tchaikovsky is one of my favourites, and there's nothing like the drama of Swan Lake.
What are you up to this month?
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Halloween is just a few days away and I am really looking forward to all the kiddos coming to the door. I love seeing all their costumes and letting them pick out their own choice of candy. I haven't decided yet what i'll be dressing up as, though at a Halloween party this past weekend I was a robber, and naturally Rick was the cop, ha! But I might go as a ballerina, I already have half the "costume" from my recreational ballet classes, all I need is a fun tutu. And yes, i'm an adult, but who says we can't still dress up once a year? All in good fun, no? (Sans the slutty costumes.)
I'd love to know, are you dressing up this Thursday? Or leaving the costume changes to the children?
This year we seriously lucked out, and just so happened to stumble across the most amazing pumpkin farm. They had so many different varieties – plenty I'd never even seen before. It was hard not to spend a fortune, as we wheel-barrowed our treasures to the trunk of our car.
Funnily enough, i'm not one for most pumpkin-flavoured foods though. Pumpkin-spiced latte's leave me with a terrible after-taste, and i'd rather apple over pumpkin pie. I do enjoy pumpkin spiced bread though, this being my favourite recipe, but I like to leave the pumpkins to decorating only.
How do you traditional celebrate the Fall season? I'd love to know!
P.S. It's currently snowing. Hoping it's just a mean trick by Mother Nature, and that Fall isn't actually over already!
I firmly believe that texture can make a big difference in the quality of an item, turning something rather ordinary into a little luxury of sorts. Soft linen, pure beeswax, a smooth wooden bowl... all beautifully handmade items that can make dining on an ordinary day feel a little more special. And with the colder months to come spent cozying up indoors, a little luxury can go a long way, don't you think?
"This month" comes a little late, given I was on vacation, but there's still lots to look forward to... Halloween fun, mini Kit Kats, fall foliage, and some updates to our home. It's a good month.
How's your October so far?
During the first week of our vacation, Rick and I headed up North to his Uncle's place on Georgian Bay. He built a beautiful holiday home right on the water in a little town near Collingwood – a major ski destination for those in Ontario. During the off-season, it's a gorgeous retreat away from the everyday. It's quiet and tucked back amongst towering trees and the backyard is essentially the view of the water pictured above. Depending on the time of day and the weather, sometimes the water would be right by the house, and others, back by the rocky edge before it gets too deep. I find it fascinating that the tides can change so quickly. It made for some great exploring. The weather was perfect, and on our last day, it was cool enough to light a fire indoors. The back of the house was designed with huge 2-story windows (which you see in photo 11) so you can see the water from nearly anywhere in the house. It was the perfect view to wake up to each morning! Just being near the water makes you feel a hundred times more relaxed. During the day we visited nearby towns, had breakfast at the bakery, and enjoyed some pretty amazing dinners. I can't wait to visit again when it's cold and snowy outside – I have some severe fireplace envy now. Would it be too much to knock down a wall in our house to build one?Sometimes I forget how beautiful Ontario can be. You get used to seeing blogger's photos from Paris or Rome, or pretty little towns in the States with deep rooted history, that it's hard to think of Ontario as beautiful. We're so used to it. We may not have the history, but we definitely have the land. Just 3 hours North, and we can vacation on the water and the mountains. A perfect little getaway.
But i'm not back yet, and I wanted to share some photos from our time off. If you follow me on instagram, you've probably already seen some photos here and there. Before heading up North to our little getaway on Georgian Bay we went on a few day trips, one being with Scout to Port Dover, a little beach town less than an hour away. It's the best place to grab a "Arbour" (hot)dog and fries, and walk along the shore. Anywhere near the water is just perfection, don't you think? It's a breath of fresh air and completely satisfying. Scout had a great time too, soaking her taped ears in the water, jumping back and forth after her ball with Rick. Sometimes it feels like were taking a "toddler" out for a day trip, lol. (Dog-crazy lady right?) Well, she sleep in the backseat on the way home, happy and exhausted, just like a little kid anyway. Before heading up North, we also dug a rose garden, picked out our pumpkins, and went to Applefest... all in good Fall fun.
Hope you're doing well! I'd love to hear how your October is shaping up so far?