*WARNING* - this post contains expressions of personal sentiment that some readers may find offensive or just down right mushy. Apologies all around, and I promise, it's a one time thing. Read on at your own risk. At least there are no kittens.
I try to be consciously grateful throughout the year for the blessings I have in my life, and as it was our Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, I made a point of acknowledging them. My health and independence are right up there at the top of the list. When trying to comfort someone who has experienced a rough patch and you say, "At least you've got your health", it sounds trite, but nothing is more true, because without your health, life becomes a series of trials to endure, pain to medicate, and obstacles to surmount. As a non-driver, having my mobility compromised by the ever-present pain in my foot has made me more conscious of this. I was inspired by gratitude to put together an outfit that made me feel confident, and ready to take on the world, which meant that black, and leather would definitely be part of the mix.
jacket/shawl - Value Village
vintage hat - Brydges Antique Market
felt flower pin - The Fairies Pajamas
shoes - Naot, retail
The jacket is reversible, with plain black on one side, and the words "I Love You" embroidered on the other and I didn't like the way it fit so I turned it upside down and inside out. Now it forms a cool shawl collar and all you can see is the word "you!", which I like better, as I'm just not one of those people who expresses affection randomly. I also realized after looking at this photo that my butt looks much better in these pants when I put my hands in my pockets.
I had the pleasure of spending time this weekend with my friend Heather, on the right, and her lovely Mama, left, who was visiting from the States on the occasion of Heather's birthday, and to see her daughter play Roller Derby. Her mom had never experienced the taste of heaven that is a warm apple fritter from the stand in the Western Fair Farmer's Market, so I had to document the occasion. From the first bite, she was won over.
And while I'm counting my blessings, of utmost importance are the people I choose to include in my life. In addition to my very small biological family, I have my chosen family of supremely supportive, delightfully smart-ass-ey, fiercely intelligent, and incredibly fun friends - friends that have listened, patiently, as I rant and rail on about someone or something that has pissed me off, broken my heart, or made me delirious with joy, helped me move to a new apartment, brought me soup when I was sick, provided rides to the grocery store, shared gut-busting laughs with, and an endless supply of hugs. And then there is my amazing network of blogger friends whose style and creativity are continually inspiring. To all of you - I am grateful for your presence. I'm lucky, and I know it.
If you are in Canada, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving weekend, spent in the company of good food and good friends. What are you grateful for?