Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving Day for us north of the border. I bought this little guy at the grocery store a few weeks ago and he’s still blooming beautifully. After the holiday, I’ll put the mums in the ground and they can join my ever-growing collection.

I definitely have a lot to be thankful for this year.

The biggest thing is obviously the house. It may need a lot of work, but given the state of the housing market (the bidding frenzy has cooled a little, but the prices haven’t come down at all) we are lucky to have a house at all. At the time we pulled the trigger, we were basically at the bottom of the market. A month later, in an effort to cool things, the government changed the eligibility rules, and if we didn’t have this place, we would have been knocked out of the market completely. I’ve kept an eye on listings since we bought, and it’s rare that a house even comes up in our price range now, and with the new rules, our price range would have been about 10-15% less which is a significant drop.

I’m thankful for all the help we’ve had with the house. From my brotherly moving crew, to Dad’s demolition days, to Mom’s nicotine scouring assistance, to electrician friends who saved us a bundle. We are a long way from done, but their helping hands have been huge in getting us this far, and I will be forever grateful.

I’m thankful to the three amigos who made the move with relative ease and adapted to catio life beautifully. And I think they are thankful for a much bigger home, more windows, and a safe space to enjoy the outdoors as they please.

And of course, I’m thankful for all of you, who come here everyday to join in our adventures.

To my Canadian friends, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. To my American friends, Happy Monday! I’d save you some stuffing, but I don’t think it will keep until November!

10 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving

  1. Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.

    I am thankful for you. Your blog postings bring a smile to my face EVERY time, but especially when they feature Relic, Ru, or Burt!

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  2. Michèle

    Hello from Paris in France, you have also readers far from you. I am thankful for your post each day, especially when it is about the cats or the garden. I stop knitting at 30 years old, one of my hands hurted but I admire your works. I also like the “saga” of your new house.
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Michèle

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Dave. It is so fun to watch the transformation you two are making with your house (and I’m thankful to be watching and not participating – LOL). Enjoy a day of rest!!

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  4. Shirley Elliott

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! You have had quite a journey this year and I have loved seeing how your home is being restored. I am so thankful for all the good in my life. Must admit that the last two years have made me appreciate the little things even more.

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Val. I’m very thankful for you and your lovely kitties and your family too. It’s wonderful to see that there are still families that help each other and enjoy being together. The news makes everyone seem so disfunctional.
    Your bouquet is so pretty and to hear about how blessed you were with getting the house before the rules all changed.
    I hope your day is wonderful and relaxing, full of good food and good family time.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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