Well, my brother left to go back to Ottawa yesterday. What a wonderful week together we have had. We met together at my place on Monday night for one last supper splurge. It was nothing fancy because my father doesn't really like anything too much out of the ordinary. Just Shake & Bake chicken (we did wings) and mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, some mashed sweet potato and yellow beans. A few pickles on the side and some biscuits. For dessert I made those TikTok cinnamon rolls. Everything went down a real treat and was enjoyed. So much so that my brother felt he had to walk back to my sister's when all was said and done. He wanted to burn off some of the calories. I applaud him for his efforts. He tries very hard to keep his weight down. So does my sister. We do tend to put on weight easily in my family. I am the black sheep and a poor example to us all.
We had some really fun filled days and the time went far too quickly. One week seemed hardly long enough. I am sure he was anxious to get back to his family however.
He did get to go flying one day with his old high school buddy Phil. That red arrow is pointing to the house we grew up in once upon a time. He loves flying. As you may remember my brother has his own glider. He loves to be up in the air. I think its really neat that his old friend also likes to fly and flies a small prop plane. That is a great interest they have in common. Its too bad they live so far away from each other, but its good also that after all these years they have managed to remain good friends.
My sister sent him home with a jar of our homemade crabapple jelly. I wonder if they let him through the airport security with it. I sure hope so!
I had the second of my Twinrix shots yesterday, only one more to go. The nurse said she would call in about 5 months time to set up an appointment for it. I should have had it on Friday, but with all of the excitement around here I had forgotten all about it until past the time I should have been there. They were okay about it, saying it was a lot easier to re-schedule a nurse's appointment than a doctor's.
The leaves are changing rapidly now. I notice a huge difference with each day that passes. I love all of the brilliant colors. Our little valley here is being painted with a magic brush. Every season has its own glory, each month it's own personality. October is quite dramatic. We get the lovely sunny days, which still hold quite a bit of warmth, but the nights are lovely for sleeping. The leaf color dazzles, with the maples giving forth light like closer suns. The oaks glowing brilliantly with a garnet fire and all the thickets coming ablaze with scarlets, golds and cinnamons, as we await the first frost.
I have seen it snow here in October, although that was many, many years ago now, when I was a teen. Halloween's are always crisp and pleasant, but first . . . Thanksgiving.
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