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Still at the cottage. I had a cold and spent most of yesterday sleeping, but apparently there were several snow squalls which made the annual Cottagers' Turkey Bowl an interesting experience. Jeff borrowed my black socks to use as mittens during the game. :-)

The coloured leaves are GORGEOUS here right now, weaving so many brilliant reds and yellows through the forest that it's nearly impossible to wander even a short distance beneath the trees before you find yourself stumbling to a halt, staying open-mouthed at the breathtaking scenery. The autumn hues against the new-fallen snow makes an even greater contrast of colours and textures; I was going a bit nuts with my digital camera this morning; sadly, the cold temperatures shortens the life of the batteries, and they don't last long before needing recharging.

We celebrated Thanksgiving this year with Jeff's parents and his brother and family (Case, Debbie, Olivia, and Garrison, plus their Newfoundland dog, Kia). Very active weekend. :-) Everyone except Jeff and me left a couple of hours ago; we're sitting in the main cabin right now with our laptops, a crackling fire warming the room, listening to some CBC news coverage of the U.S./British retaliation.

Short Blathering today...Jeff and I are going to hike to Rainbow Lake today.

Link of the Day (thanks to Seanan for this URL!)

15 Things To Love About Toronto, from

Tomato Nation.

Today's Blatherpics:

- Photo taken this morning.

- Ladybugs at the cottage. I've heard at least one report of ladybugs not being completely harmless. My sister reports my niece Annie crying out in pain while playing with ladybugs...when a ladybug was brushed off her hand, they found small welts left behind. I got similar reports from some people at an AOL writers' chat. If you look at this photo, you'll notice that the ladybugs differ widely in their spot pattern; some have hardly any spots. Mutant ladybugs, perhaps? Pretty weird...

- My niece Olivia, while she and I were out picking coloured leaves for decoration at Thanksgiving dinner.

Today's Poll: (Suggest a question)

Do you like pumpkin pie?

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