The girls have all had a cold for a week or more, and I thought I was fighting it off quite well (very mild symptoms through the week) but it hit me hard last night. I stayed home from work today. Neil picked up this Cold Formula tea for me today.
Neil has always been the pumpkin carver at our house, but he had no time this year and the girls were quite happy to take over the task. Between school and trick or treating, S carved the ghost emoji, M the cat, and G the starry night.
Today was another full ringette day with 4 practices and a bottle drive. (Fantastic weather for both bottle drives this weekend!) After that, we were treated to supper at my sister-in-law's place, along with Neil's mom and dad - an opportunity to visit before they leave for Texas.
Here are the finished costumes! I meant to get a picture of the girls together, but it didn't happen. I took these pictures during the costume parade at school. They walk with their class, so couldn't be together at that time. And I didn't get a good picture later because it was dark by the time we were all ready to go trick or treating.
I managed to take one picture today - sunshine and blue sky as I was leaving work. It's fitting anyway; my coworkers and I relished the sunshine during our walks (the sky was overcast for a few days before). And those walks were bright spots in a day dotted with negatives.
I brought the "Grandma Mabel" chair up from the basement. It became an instant favourite place to sit, of course. Grandma Mabel was Neil's great grandma on his mom's dad's side. It was Neil's favourite chair when he visited her in Avonlea as a child.
I received a Fitbit Flex for my birthday (a month ago) and a nice watch for my 20th anniversary at work (3 weeks ago). I enjoy wearing both. Incidentally, I learned last evening that I've walked 250 km since I started using Fitbit 30 days ago. Also for my work anniversary, I was treated to lunch with my manager today. We went to Browns Social House and my food was delicious! (blackened chicken "healthy social bowl" with braised red cabbage instead of rice)
(I'm finding it difficult to get my pictures done these days. It was bedtime by the time I managed to get a photo; daylight hours would have been better!)
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson