Happy Christmas from the Quinn home to yours

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Did someone say presents? Photo of the day, 24 Dec 2020 © WQuinn
Turkey dinner with all the trimmings. ©WQuinn 2020

I’m not going to lie nor sugar coat it… Christmas Eve without my family sucked big time. I was moved to tears as dinner was ready and we were about to sit down to eat. It felt so lonely. We made it through Easter and Thanksgiving but there’s just something about Christmas Eve.

I’m grateful my brother and nephews popped by this afternoon – even if it was only for a few minutes. He made homemade buns for us and they had a huge gift basket filled with lots of awesome stuff for us!

We’re all meeting on Discord tonight to play virtual games together. Should be a hoot. Very different from our norm but at least we’re adapting and I’m grateful we’re all healthy and still here.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has lost someone they love this year.

I know I’m going to virtually hug mine harder tonight.

God bless!

A COVID-19 Thanksgiving

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Yesterday it was 0°C when I woke up. Today was 19°C. I thought the thermometer was broken as I opened the door to step outside for my morning photo. I was pleasantly surprised at how warm it actually was!

19°C registered on an outdoor thermometer. © WQuinn 2020
Sun rising
Photo of the Day, 10 Oct 2020
© WQuinn 2020

Today we’re celebrating Thanksgiving. Our second holiday during the pandemic… Another one without family. I’m thankful Mom and I live together because it would be lonesome celebrating alone. (See what I did there? Thankful on Thanksgiving.)

We decided to have an early dinner, then pack up and deliver meals for my family who couldn’t be with us. We delivered turkey with all the trimmings to two locations, staying a safe distance each time.

My niece and her partner were excited to receive their bag. To show her appreciation, Sami left Rockets for me on the doorstep. I love Rockets! Thanks Sam!

My sister made her signature broccoli and cauliflower cheese casserole. Holiday meals are not the same without it. She also threw in a couple of slices of homemade pumpkin pie! Yum 😋 Now all that was missing was my brother’s homemade dinner rolls. Maybe for Christmas?!

Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t what we’re used to, which is everyone gathering here, coming together to share an afternoon and an incredible meal. Everyone has a role and something to bring to the celebration, whether it’s mashing the potatoes, making buns or veggies, carving the turkey, setting the table, making decorations, pouring wine, sharing stories, creating a playlist, bringing the spare chairs up from the basement or just being there, each and every one has a role. It’s a role that takes place in the bigger dynamics of family life, not just the celebratory meals. Today, you were greatly missed – not just because I got stuck doing dishes 😉 – but your personalities, the way we come together and fit so well, the teasing, the laughter, the joy. I missed it and you today.

I’m grateful for you in my life. I am thankful for the family celebrations we have had and I know we’ll have more again soon.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sun sets on this incredible day.
© WQuinn 2020

It’s not Monday…It’s Friday!

Friday, 7 August 2020

I love Dean Brody’s music and his song, It’s Friday, is an anthem in our house.

Today was an extra special Friday because my Sister and her family came over dinner and a visit. We sat outside on the veranda, enjoyed a beautiful dinner with lots of laughs. Followed by a dice game under the patio lights. It’s been ages since we’ve gotten together here and enjoyed a summer night together. A happy and special night.

Here are two of my three favourite nieces, hamming it up for the camera:

Today was also a fabulous day, weather wise. So much so I moved my “office” outside for a few hours this afternoon.

Outdoor office. Photo of the day, 7 Aug 2020 ©WQuinn

You sure can feel the change in the weather though since August arrived. Along with continuous song of the crickets and cicadas, the air is different. Maybe it’s the lack of humidity? I’m not sure but, as hot as the day gets, the nights get cool. My favourite time of the year!

Tonight’s sunset ©WQuinn 2020

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Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020

Definitely one for the history books. Mom and I enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, accompanied by our family on Google Hangouts.

102/366 Photo of the day, 12 Apr 2020 © WQuinn

Sure missed having everyone here in person. Part of the experience of family holiday dinners is how everyone pitches in and contributes in their own way.

But, as much as we missed them, we are so grateful that they are healthy and coping well in these uncertain times. And we know that being away from each other now will make our reunion so very special.

We have our faith, which seems to be stronger and unwavering in times of strife. And although it’s evolved over the years, I believe it’s brought us closer to God and home.

God bless.