Hey there!

Is anybody out there??

Or are you all shopping???

I can remember learning about Black Friday when we lived in the States. It was a foreign concept  to go shopping on a holiday weekend. Of course, we were students at the time and didn’t have any spare $. So it didn’t matter how good the bargains were.

Also strange was the notion of Christmas decorations in November. In my family, the tree was decorated on Dec 17th – my mother’s and brother’s birthday. I think that the stores put up decorations around the second week of December – but never in November.

Now, Christmas music and decorations are up in Canada in November too. But, here on the Island, it is considered disrespectful to decorate before Remembrance Day. After Nov 11th, it’s Christmas frenzy everywhere. Good thing I don’t go into the stores that often.

I enjoy the Christmas music and the lights but the push to buy is tiring. What really annoyed  amused me this week was spying a magazine cover at a check-out that read: “It’s Not Too Late – Last Minute Christmas Gifts”

What?? Last minute? It’s only November!

Oh well . . .

This is supposed to be Friday Favourites right?

Oops . . .


I’ve had a migraine all week so you’ll have to forgive me.

Which leads me to my first, very immediate, favourite:

1. The little man who has been hammering my head all week long is finally gone. I woke up this morning pain-free. I hope he won’t return.

2. Another favourite? This site – I love it!! If you are a bit geeky, er, a word-lover as I am, you’ll spend way too much time have fun at Snappy Words!

3. A favourite favourite! Making bread with my girl

Punching down the dough –  very satsifying!

Eight lovely loaves rising – and they turned out beautifully too, although I didn’t get a picture. We enjoyed this fresh bread with Ellen’s homemade soup this week. Mmm – good!

4. A few of you were wondering what I do with the winterberries and pine branches gathered a few weeks ago.

Here is my planter on the deck. I also fill the windowboxes. So very simple.

I’ll add a festive red bow on the planter and the windowboxes at the beginning of Advent. Small white lights would be lovely too but we don’t have a plug out there and I can’t figure out a way to do it. We’ll add electric candles in the windows, fresh fir wreaths on the doors and that’s the extent of our outdoor decorating.

5. And now . . .

A drumroll please!

Did I build up the suspense this week??

Are you wondering about our Olympic adventures??

Here’s how it happened.

I mentioned that the Olympic torch parade arrived here last Saturday. Sarah and I travelled to Wood Islands ferry to watch her friend Matt have his turn running with the flame.

Later that day, Roger and I headed to town for some errands and we happened to land at the bridge entrance to Charlottetown at the very moment that the Olympic parade arrived.

It was early evening, and getting dark, but the streets were lined with people cheering and waving flags as the Olympic parade approached.

Several Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were standing in the intersection directing traffic as the Olympic parade drew closer. Roger and I happened to be the first car stopped at the intersection waiting for the entourage to pass by.

A RCMP parole car was first, lights flashing and siren periodically blowing. Then the Olympic vans and team organizers went by.

I didn’t have my camera. But these pictures from earlier in the day give you an idea of what we were experiencing.

Just multiply the crowd by a few 1000.

Roger and I had a front-row seat – in the comfort of our car – as we waited for the parade to pass by.

But . . .

Something happened.

Picture it in your mind.

The RCMP car leading the procession had driven past, followed by four or so Olympic vans and busses – and then there was a pause. We were all waiting for the torch bearer to come along with the vans and busses behind him.

Suddenly, during the (very short) lag, an RCMP officer standing in the center of the intersection looked at our car and waved us on.

So, we went.

He must have changed his mind because when I looked behind us, there were no more cars following us.

None! We were the only non-Olympic vehicle on the road.

In front of us, there was the RCMP cruiser, with lights flashing, as well as the Olympic vans with the torch-bearing team passing out flags and whooping up Olympic enthusiasm among the crowds.

Behind us, came the torch bearer and the rest of the Olympic parade.

All around us?

Picture it, dear readers.

Cheering, flag-waving people. The road was lined with them!

I looked at Roger and said “What do we do?”

He answered “Sit up straight and wave like dignitaries”

And so he did 🙂

I couldn’t bring myself to wave – although I was laughing.

Most of all, I was thankful it was dark enough that we wouldn’t be recognized 🙂

I was thinking about you too. This adventure had blog written all over it. I tried to take some pictures with my cell phone just for you but it was too dark and they didn’t turn out.

But you get the story.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Thanks so much for stopping by this Friday. I love to see your names and read your cheery hellos and comments. I’ll be over to your place for a visit too.

All the Friday Favers can be found here at Suzanne’s blog, Living To Tell The Story. Thanks for hosting us Suzanne.

A very happy weekend to each of you!

with love,

14 thoughts on “Friday faves

  1. Josie Ray says:

    So funny that you got to be in the parade! Smile. The "last-minute gifts" was also a crack-up. How hilarious. They’re trying to stress us out before we even start! 🙂 I like your pine and winterberry arrangement. Winterberries are a dear favorite of mine.


  2. Lorna says:

    Oh my goodness … what a great story :>). SO FUNNY!!!! Katie predicted what Roger would say … I can see the two of you now. Also, I could almost smell the bread baking … nice job, Sarah. Your greenery looks lovely, Kathie … Your house will look beautiful.


  3. jill says:

    That is a great story! Now see if you can wind up in the Parade at the Opening Ceremony too…I’ll be watching for you!


  4. Tracie says:

    Your girl is so cute. I love her red coat. That’s a great story – I’ll bet everyone was wondering who the mysterious dignitaries were!


  5. Susanne says:

    You had me laughing so hard, I was crying. I can just see you and your hubby. I had to tell my boy what I was laughing so hard at! What a memory you have of these winter games. LOL.So glad that your headache is gone. That is so hard when it lasts that long.Love your winter berries. I’ll be decorating outside this weekend too. Our tree goes up the first weekend of December and not before. So this weekend would not qualify. LOL.I can smell that fresh bread in my imagination! I’ve so often thought about trying my hand at baking bread but the thought that I would sit down to a hot loaf smeared with a bunch of butter all by myself sort of deters me. LOL. I have no discipline when it comes to homemade bread fresh out of the oven.


  6. I’m happy to read that your headaches are gone. It seems that you had a lot of going on this week. Have a great weekend 🙂


  7. Ha Ha Ha! That is a great adventure…..too funny!!! ) I bet you looked good, looking so important. And bread making looks wonderful! Mmmmmm, I can almost smell the bread from here!I also got a few catalogs that prodded me to do my "last minute shopping!" I haven’t even started…oh brother!Sorry about the migraine, I am a migraine girl too…check out this post when you get a chance you will see we are a kindred spirit! 🙂http://samismom22.wordpress.com/2007/07/02/hall-of-fame-migraines/


  8. Willow says:

    Your Olympic torch story is so funny! I read it aloud to my family and we are all laughing with you! Yes, it’s definitely a blog worthy happening and a story to pass down through the family!Great FFFs all around!


  9. Sweet Bay says:

    That’s a great story! I’m glad your migraine is gone.The Christmas shopping push gets to me too. I do my best to ignore it!


  10. Brenda says:

    You DID have a great adventure to blog about! I love making bread too, we made cinnamon rolls this week. I’m glad to hear your migraine is better.


  11. Joanne says:

    What a great story…and you have described it with great detail and documentation!Love the comment of your hubby’s:"Sit up straight and wave like dignitaries"You do such a great job of sharing your life in PEI…Thanks,Joanne


  12. nikkipolani says:

    Oh my. I mean a "good weeK", of course!


  13. nikkipolani says:

    Definitely of blogging interest! Glad you had a good wee, Kathie. That bowl of dough is something! Bread-making doesn’t run in my family and I haven’t tried it myself. You’d asked about the sweet potato recipe — parboiled wedges of sweet potatoes are lightly brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with sage (or use a fresh sage leaf), and wrapped in prosciutto. Roast at 425F for 15 minutes. Easy peasy 🙂


  14. Judy says:

    Oh…that is too funny! A great blogger’s tale…for sure. That is one that will go down in history.You have inspired me to get out there and fix up my window boxes…it’s not raining today!


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