Last weekend, we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving, so Monday was a holiday.  Grateful for a day to relax, I started to pen this post right after breakfast.  That was when my son came into the room and told me that his ear was aching terribly.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that he was in excruciating pain.  I decided we better not risk waiting, and called a Quick Care Clinic. They were able to schedule us for an appointment within less than two hours of my call.  It was the first time we had visited one of these facilities, a new form of care recently innovated by the government of Manitoba.

The Quick Care Centre idea is brilliantly simple:  In order to alleviate the wait times at hospital and emergency units, the provincial government has created Quick Care Clinics to deal with less urgent, non life threatening situations.  They are staffed with nurse practitioners who can prescribe a limited range of medications. It was actually a pleasant place to be – clean, bright, and very efficient.  And free of charge.

That was not exactly how we had planned to spend our holiday Monday, but I sure felt grateful that I could get my son competent, caring help quickly, even on a holiday.  In a world where there is so much heartbreak, I don’t take our good fortune for granted.

The best news is that my son is feeling better now.  The earache turned out to be a virus that resolved itself without anything but some painkillers, rest, and time.


I am happy to say that the rest of the weekend was the good kind of busy.  On Sunday, we had family over for a special Thanksgiving dinner at our home.

In preparation, I spent the day giving the house a much needed cleaning. September found me taking care of many things, and I’ll admit that cleaning was not regularly on top of that list.  I enjoyed taking the time last Sunday to re-focus my energies on the home front.

My  husband loves to cook, and not just on special occasions! That’s a fact that’s high on my “grateful for…” list.  So on Sunday, he prepared supper.

Ooh… It’s starting to brown up.

That succulent rotisserie turkey you see on the gas barbecue is his work. And he made all the fixings to go with it – mashed potatoes, stuffing, even home-made cranberry sauce, which I absolutely love.  I was so excited to taste the turkey that it never occurred to me to take a picture of the feast set on the table… until I was doing dishes.  Oh well!

What a supper!  I think that was the most delicious turkey I’ve tried yet.

It’s almost ready!

The weather was beautiful on Sunday, but late into the evening, the winds picked up to 80-90 Km per hour (Again!).  From the living room window we all watched.  It looked like a blizzard, but rather than snow, the whole sky was thick with what seemed like endless yellow leaves wildly animated by the wind!

When I woke up the next morning, I looked out the window and noticed that the elms – only yesterday bright with warm hues – were now mostly bare.  Bleh.  The colours of fall never seem to last that long around here!

Now, it seems I blinked, and today is already Friday!  Thanksgiving is gone, but I am as grateful as ever for my husband, son, and family; for my cozy home; my dear friends, all the awesome people that are a part of my life.

And yes, that includes you.

The fleeting beauty of autumn leaves against a bright, blue Manitoba sky.
The fleeting beauty of autumn leaves against a bright, blue Manitoba sky.

PS: Today’s featured image is from a digital collection of old pictures sent to me, last spring, by my eldest brother. 

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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

6 thoughts on “Thanksgiving”

  1. Hi Carina, Sorry to hear your son’s been unwell, but pleased he’s on the mend. Earache is the pits – the only childhood illness I remember is the earache I had when I had mumps as a very young child.
    I think it’s a shame we don’t have a Thanks Giving day in the UK – we are so lucky to have so much that we have. And yes, me too, I am grateful to have my blogging ‘family’ too 🙂 xx

    1. Hi Bekki. How interesting – I had no idea that the UK doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s actually one of my favourite holidays, although you guys have Fish and Chips Day! Now that’s pretty cool! 😉 That was the first earache my son has had and it sure looked painful. Interesting that you still remember yours from early childhood. Take care, xo

  2. Dear Carina, Happy Thanksgiving!!! (Belated.) I had no idea that Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October. Such a beautiful meal you had….love that turkey on a spit! Mmmmm…. I think this is one of my favorite posts ever. So sorry to hear about your son’s ear infection but glad that everything worked out ok and he got excellent care despite the holiday. I’d love to hear more about that first family picture…reading your post I was reminded how much I need to do a deep clean around here too. (!) We’ve been out of town since Wednesday, my cousins’ husband unexpectedly passed away from a severe heart attack last Sunday. We traveled eight hours south for the funeral in Pennsylvania. It’s been a sad week around here, and it’s such a breath of fresh air to be here in your little corner of the world….counting my blessings and hearing about your beautiful Thanksgiving. XOXO

    1. Dear Allie, I am so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of your cousin’s husband – my sincerest condolences. Truly, you have had some real shake-ups this autumn (your brother’s accident, your friend’s accident, the flu, and that is not even all of it). You are amazing how you soldier through it. We’ve had a few challenges here ourselves, so I Know how these kinds of events can really take their toll. Please take good care of yourself.

      I am glad that you enjoyed the post. It was a relief when my son’s infection cleared up relatively quickly! As for the turkey, let’s just say You’ll never hear me complain about those leftovers! (a turkey sandwich with mayo – yum!)Thanks for popping by, it’s always a pleasure to hear from you. XOXO

  3. oh that looks so jummy..I am the only one here that enjoys turkey alas;0) Our sons live in Toronto and we celebrated Thanks Giving with them..and ham, also very good.
    And I agree with you, much and so many to be grateful for. xo Johanna

    1. Hi Johanna, thanks for the visit. Glad to hear you spent a lovely Thanksgiving with your sons. Too bad you are the only one who likes turkey, but as you say ham is also very good. 🙂 Take care! Xo

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