Thursday, October 10, 2019

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

My “Grandmother’s Rug” (see previous post)
is getting to the fussy point;
when I hook a width of border,
especially an oval rug’s border,
it’s hard to get an even width all the way around.
And since I hook like I cook (I hate to count or measure)
this poses a frustrating finish for me.
SO, I set it aside, temporarily of course,
to start this one by P is for Primitive.

The ladies at the mental health group
always put me in a better mood.
This term we have only three which is the smallest 
number we’ve ever had.
These women come every week
to hook for ninety minutes.
They have said that the rhythm of the art
and the company is helpful.
I agree! 
Here is what they are working on:
This woman is legally blind; we outline the figures and she fills!
This woman is a color and design master!
One woman traced her grandma's hands as she lay dying.
She is hooking the hands from
 her grandma's clothing to give to relatives.
Our hood is looking autumnal!
I took these on my walk this morning.

And this weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving!
Technically it falls on Monday but families 
around here seem to celebrate on one or 
all days of the long weekend.
Some make rounds to all the family groups.
The celebration is more casual than in the States
and it does not quick off the Christmas season
so there is no rush to the retail shops. 
Our neighbour has us to her cottage since we have no family.
Such a special place to share.

I leave you with a local recipe which is over 100 years
for a yummy apple cake

Keswick Ridge Apple Cake
1 C sugar
1 C shortening
1 C raisins
2 C tea
2 large apples sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 C flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp b powder
1 tsp salt

Cook first 8 ingredients until apples are soft. Cool to lukewarm.
In bowl, stir together remaining dry ingredients.
Stir into wet mixture.
Bake at 350 in a 9 X 13 pan for approx 1 hour.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!


acorn hollow said...

the Canadian Thanksgiving sounds much better than the American one. time for family and friends not shopping.
so when you say tea you mean ice tea? or hot tea?

Saundra said...

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving. Totally agree with the rhythm of the hooking to calm and sooth the body and soul. Such a fantastic idea to hook the grandmother's hands with her clothing to present to family members. Such a treasure.

It was great for me to have two rugs in progress and seems this is working for you in this situation as well.

laurie said...

Such beautiful stories of therapeutic hooking, really touched my heart, I’m legally blind from a brain injury and can’t tell you how much the gesture would mean to have a friend do that, and to trace grandmothers hands, my gosh,, I’m Canadian, live in northern Ontario and we do Thanksgiving Sunday , and Monday at my husbands family, too many of us to all get together , Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! said...

Any brewed tea is fine. It will be heated up on the stove top per recipe anyway.
Yes, the focus is not on shopping that is certain. Thanksgiving is my fav celebration! said...

Hi Saundra! Normally I hook one thing at a time but this is proving a good idea! said...

The blind woman also knits hats for the newborn unit at hospital. People amaze me with their abilities to turn limitations into possibilities. I get the feeling you are such a person too. Hope you have a blast of warmth for your weekend festivities. Thanks for your comments

Prims By The Water said...

How amazing that some blind has the ability to hook so well! Happy Thanksgiving to you! Janice

elaine allerton said...

Happy thanksgiving,,,
We are in southern ontario,,,
Celebrating on sunday, and monday,,,
Trees are so pretty right now!
Thanks for yummy sounding recipe!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Happy Thanksgiving.
The work of your students is amazing. The one of the grandma's hand is special indeed. What a thoughtful gift for relatives.
Love the start of your pumpkin rug. Beautiful colors.

Julia said...

The work of your patient students is amazing. There is such talent there and the grandmother's hand project is so touching. The deer rug is beautifully done.

Your pumpkin rug is looking great too. I like the contrasting color to define the ridges in the pumpkin. I'm glad that you like the way we celebrate Thanksgiving. It's really a time to be thankful.
Hugs, Julia