This week has flown by, and I'm only now finding the chance to sit down and collect my thoughts about the weekend. The community market I participated in was a huge success. It was a wonderful gathering of creative people and we had a great turn out. So much positive energy! That being said, it definitely occupied my entire weekend. I underestimated the amount of time I required to organize, label and price my items. This pretty much occupied the bulk of Saturday. One small snag in my plans occurred in the form of the stomach flu! Muffy woke up early Saturday morning vomiting. It was really just a mild bug, but he spent the day flopped on the couch, sipping ginger ale and nibbling crackers. Sunday, the day of the market, was busy with set up, the market itself and clean up. Although I enjoyed it, I was definitely drained and exhausted when it was all said and done. I'm an introvert, so being "on" for that long zaps me a bit. I think I needed this week to just putter a bit and recharge.
Looking ahead to the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, it is already time to compile my dreamy/practical list! My long weekend actually begins tomorrow. I'm dropping the kids off at school on Friday morning and will be sneaking off to my parents' house for a "dreamy" day in the Annapolis Valley -ALL TO MYSELF! Daddy and the boys are meeting up with me late Saturday afternoon and we will spend the remainder of the weekend visiting, eating...etc.
Dreamy (Where do I begin?)
- Drink tea and read magazines at my parents' quiet house.
- Drink tea and knit at my parents' quiet house.
- Drink tea and just sit at my parents' quiet house (you get the picture).
- Browse the Wolfville shops.
- Visit the wool shop and maybe pick up something for a special project.
- Out for supper with my parent's Friday night.
- A trip to the Wolfville Farmer's Market Saturday morning. I rarely go here without the kids so it will be a nice chance to really relax and browse and take my time admiring all the vendor offerings.
- Run a 10km race on Sunday morning! This is my annual "race" I do each year. Sometimes it is the 1/2 marathon, sometimes just the 10K. This year my goal is to run as fast as I possibly can to see if I can beat last year's time...wish me luck! I'm feeling pumped and energetic about it and my "rest/getaway" before hand just might give me a boost.
- Yummy Thanksgiving dinner! My mom is the best cook and her meals are always amazing. It is fun (and busy) to get the four cousins together. Four boys between the ages of 6 and 8 makes a lively holiday.
- Just enjoy visiting with everyone. The weather looks great so there will be lots of time spent outdoors enjoying the fall colors.
- Bake two pumpkin pies - my offering for Thanksgiving dinner this year. I am roasting the pumpkin today and will make them on Saturday in my mom's kitchen. I use a recipe from Canadian Living that is super yummy!
- Do my produce shopping for the week ahead while I am in the Valley. I always pack a cooler in the truck for a good load of fresh veggies.
That about sums it up! Basically, I'm looking forward to some quiet time for myself AND lots of fun and visiting with family. Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!