Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Thankful Thanksgiving :-)

My Thanksgiving weekend started a week earlier with the arrival of Mitch, my son from Calgary. The 'Call Your Mom' son. He came for a week visit & was so busy with making things good for me. He started the day after his arrival & never stopped till Thanksgiving!
He also surprised me at the Moncton Airport with a gift for my birthday/Christmas...a Pandora bracelet with three charms! the mother charm, the Canadian Maple leaf ( very near & dear to my heart, Canada. When I raced in the USA with NMRA, I was known as 'The Maple Leaf Lady' as my fire suit was white with a large red maple leaf appliqued on the front & my Mustang race car was also white with a large red maple leaf on the hood.) the third charm was St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, I was there a few years ago. Wow Mitchell surely caught me by surprise, I never thought I'd have such a beautiful bracelet! He also told me that it was to be from him as I'm so hard to buy for & told all his siblings that they were NOT to buy me any charms. I'm one that is hard to buy for & he knows he's good for years to come with so many choices of charms to choose from.   
Mitchell, you never stop surprising me!

 Well Mitch's first day of vacation was fixing that sub pump hose that I sucked up into the blades of the ride on lawn mower!
 See that nasty spade, that's the one that I tried to jump on & fell off of!
 He dug...
 And dug...
 And dug...

 The trench was now dug
 Oh my, what a job that was & one less thing 'to do' off his dad's list!

 I had a couple of tree trunks removed, it's hard to mow with them & the spreaders sticking up!

Well here begins the shed project...

 The materials are delivered on Tuesday, yes Mitch has just repaired my sub pump hose & gets into the construction of the shed.

 He begins digging again, there's a country song called Dirt - it's so Mitch!
 He knows that he can't dig that much...
 He calls on help from neighbour Deli with his big back hoe & has two trenches made to put the cement blocks down. Boris watched Mitch the whole day!
 The floor was down & by Wednesday night three walls were framed. Thursday afternoon Bill had arrived with Nicholas. Nick had a very swollen infection in his elbow, it had spread to his arm & hand & he was on heavy antibiotics. The hospital in Brampton wanted him on intravenous antibiotics but he wanted to see his mom in New Brunswick! Nicholas did just that, God love him, I know I do!

 Bill changed into work clothes & had the fourth wall up, that would be the wall with the garage door, the man door, & the window.
 Looking good!
 This father & son team are pretty dynamic when put together!
 Nick was feeling bad that he too could not help. Friday morning I took him to the Miramichi Hospital & he was put on intravenous antibiotics as the staph infection had now developed into cellulitis - he was swollen from his elbow to his finger tips! & was to have intravenous antibiotic done every morning till Monday morning, the day he would fly back to Ontario. He was also told to keep his arm above his heart, when not in the sling & to take it easy!
My ribs were still hurting a week & a half later so when I had Nick in the hospital, I tended to myself & had x-ray's done to find out that I had fractured my ribs & my iron count was no longer low but too high!  I hadn't taken any iron pills in months. Good thing I had asked for that blood test or I would have thought it best to keep my iron up while I healed my ribs.
So with Nick & I both out of commission with helping with the shed, Bill & Mitch went to work.

 The roof was now on...
 The weather this Thanksgiving weekend was beautiful!

 This is our laneway to the cottage, 700 feet long, to get to the top. The colours just make my heart sing, I love it here!
 Look at the laneway, what a greeting to come home to -  with the blue sky & the water too is so blue they meet each other!
 Did I mention...I love it here!

 The shingling begins & it too is looking good!
 Door & window look good too guys!

 They take timeout to wave to me!

 Sunday was our Thanksgiving meal.
And Mitchell worked up an appetite for this feast!

 Nick did his best with an infected arm & the good arm with a IV stent stuck in it.
 He did eat all his veggies though, rare pic for sure!

 Bill was just happy to be back at the cottage with me. I do miss him, hope all goes well in Germany sweetheart! then he's off to China & then next month will fly to Moncton to drive me back to Ontario. You see I'm never with him anyway, he travels so much. I've found my oasis here in New Brunswick, all is good in my world. :-)

 The garage door is now on! it was too high for me so Bill installed a hand pull for me. At being 5'2" I'm vertically challenged with most things, I don't feel like I'm that short though. lol

 With the shed project done as far as it can be...the Home Hardware missed ordering the four corners for the siding!! so the siding will have to be contracted out at my expense! Bill & Mitch could have had the whole shed done, I'll be having a chat with Home Hardware. I went there three times to make sure everything would be delivered & everything was ordered as I explained to them that I only had three days to construct this shed, they understood & reassured me everything was done. NOT...

 Well, Thanksgiving Day everyone was to fly out, Mitch back to Calgary, Nick to Brampton to get ready for Durham College & to get healthier, & Bill to travel with them to Pearson Airport then he'd take a flight to Germany later that night.

 I'm so pleased with the new shed. Everything has left the side deck & is neatly tucked into the new out building.
 The boys with their mom . :-)  This picture is taken in front of one of my favourite tree next to the new shed.

 Very thankful for our time together, it will be Christmas the next time we're together again.

 The love of my life!

I had a very thankful, lovely Thanksgiving at the new cottage. It hasn't even been a year since the purchase of this cottage was done & so much has been done inside & out!

I hope everyone of you too had a Thanksgiving that makes you smile when you think of 2013's Thanksgiving.

 It's wonderful the way life just keeps evolving for our family, never a dull moment that's for sure!


  1. Wow, you sure have a busy and active family, always building, renovating and travelling. It's so nice that they can all work together so nicely. The shed looks nice.

    So you had a broken rib, no wonder it hurt so much.

    It has been non stop work here too at the farm and I think that I'm building some back muscles with all the heavy work.

    I can see that it was a Happy Thanksgiving for you and your family. That turkey looks so good. Happy Belated Thanksgiving and speedy recovery for you and your son. It's gonna be Thanksgiving all week here. We have so much to be thankful.

  2. 5'2" is NOT short, I can attest to that. The rest of the world may be bigger, but that's OK with us, right ;)