Hunting for Thanksgiving in Ottawa

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Of all the holidays I adopted in Canada, Thanksgiving is probably the one I like best. Fall is a gorgeous season in Ontario and the weather is usually very nice at the time of the year. The holiday is just before Mark’s and Feng’s birthdays, so we spend a week celebrating stuff. Besides, unlike Halloween or Boxing Day, Thanksgiving is not hugely commercial. Sure, supermarket aisles feature all the fixings you need for your Thanksgiving dinner, but you’re not expected to decorate your front lawn with fake glow-in-the-dark turkeys and you aren’t pressured into buying seasonal gifts, clothing or accessories. It’s a nice change, compared to Halloween, Christmas or even Easter.

Technically, Thanksgiving is all about a large family gathering around a meal. We miss the main ingredient—a large family to help us eat an entire turkey—so there is little pressure for us to celebrate. I never learned the fine art of stuffing a turkey and I can live with that. We do Thanksgiving our way.

Last Friday, the weather was gorgeous and I went hunting for “Thanksgiving mood” snapshots. It was harder than it seemed because Halloween already took over the city—there are more giant pumpkins around than signs of celebration of the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Eventually, I went straight to the source: the Experimental Farm where, indeed, fields were being harvested, and the supermarket that featured various Thanksgiving dinner ingredients—turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, various kinds of squashes and pumpkin pie. Phew. Saved.

Meanwhile, the long walk with my camera allowed me to think about what I was thankful for.

When I look at the big picture, I’m thankful for life in general. Life is surprising, the ups and downs are never boring and I love going through various experiences, good and meh, as long as I can feel something—excitement, love, anger, passion, enthusiasm, contentment, restlessness or joy. We are complex beings, completely illogical at times but deeply fascinating. I’m glad to be one of those.

I’m grateful for the fact that my destiny is not written for me. I’m drafting it and I love it, even when the odd typo creeps in.

I’m grateful for Feng and Mark. I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. They are unique and amazing.

I’m grateful for my family. I had an awesome childhood and I think my parents did a great job.

I’m grateful for my friends, who are kind and inspiring.

I’m grateful for you who take the time to read the words I type.

Thank you all. I’ll be back to my cynical self right after the holiday.

Harvest time at the Experimental Farm

Harvest time at the Experimental Farm

Harvest time at the Experimental Farm

Harvest time at the Experimental Farm

Harvest time at the Experimental Farm

Harvest time at the Experimental Farm

Gorgeous "Indian Summer" weather before Thanksgiving

Gorgeous “Indian Summer” weather before Thanksgiving

Seasonal butternut squashes at the supermarket

Seasonal butternut squashes at the supermarket

Seasonal spaghetti squashes at the supermarket

Seasonal spaghetti squashes at the supermarket

Seasonal squashes at the supermarket

Seasonal squashes at the supermarket

Seasonal squashes at the supermarket

Seasonal squashes at the supermarket

Seasonal squashes at the supermarket

Seasonal squashes at the supermarket

Fresh cranberries at the supermarket

Fresh cranberries at the supermarket

Turkey stuffing easy-prep boxes at the supermarket

Turkey stuffing easy-prep boxes at the supermarket

Meat thermometer at the supermarket

Meat thermometer at the supermarket

A few turkey left, two days before Thanksgiving

A few turkey left, two days before Thanksgiving

Stuffing and side prep boxes at the supermarket

Stuffing and side prep boxes at the supermarket

Pumpkin sauce cans at the supermarket

Pumpkin sauce cans at the supermarket

Apple pie filling cans at the supermarket

Apple pie filling cans at the supermarket

Baking essentials at the supermarket

Baking essentials at the supermarket

... and if you don't feel like cooking, catering is available downtown Ottawa!

… and if you don’t feel like cooking, catering is available downtown Ottawa!

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

14 Comments

  1. Happy Thanksgiving dear Juliette.. it’s my 1st one here in Canada woohoo! ..and thank YOU for this blog..
    Warm hugs

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! We didn’t do much, just had a quiet day and stuffed our faces 🙂 And I just felt very thankful for the Scotsman and Freddie and the cozy feeling of being a “family” (dog included lol)

      • Thanks 🙂 We fell in love with it because of the coziness and then added more wood with the kitchen lol
        BTW, I answered you on twitter (never saw your message!), just email me the question, it’d be my pleasure

        • Yep, got it yesterday! Sorry, got a bit crazy with the birthday week, I will email you soon. I should have done that in the first place, I have no idea why I went through Twitter 😆 I was trying to be hip and connected, maybe? 😆

      • Not sure if my reply actually disappeared or you have to accept it manually?
        Anyway, I’m glad you like the kitchen and the house 🙂 We fell in love with the coziness and then added the kitchen to match 🙂 It’s a big departure from what everyone else seemed to be doing (Hello IKEA lol) but we love it.
        I answered your message on twitter, I’m sorry I didn’t see it at all earlier! For sure I’d be happy to, jut email me

  3. Happy belated Thanksgiving.
    We braved up and cooked turkey for our first Thanksgiving in Canada. Even with a very small one (< 5kg) we might have leftovers that lasts until Christmas…

  4. Happy Thanks Giving! I do appreciate my blunt friends. They are the most realistic one :)) especially women, we only hear what we want to hear.

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