10.16.2005

we take a drive

Alternative title: Happy Birthday Allan!

It's Redsock's birthday today. Sadly, I could not arrange a repeat of last year's birthday present, but I do have some cool consolation prizes.

In comments here, James suggested we take a fall foliage drive in the country, and Marnie reminded me that the window of opportunity would soon be closing. My Canadian geography still being dismal, I thought we'd have to drive way far away to be "out in the country," but apparently not. And, to my happy surprise, Allan said he'd been wondering what is just north of us, and where we might see some small towns and pretty country roads.

So instead of a birthday dinner, we're doing a birthday drive. Sans chiens, I'm afraid. They'll have a nice walk before we leave, but leaving them home gives us more freedom. That's how it is when you have a mentally ill dog.

I've been taking advantage of this lovely autumnal weather, knowing how short-lived it usually is. Yesterday we raked leaves for a couple of hours, which I am still enjoying, and at night we walked by the lake. An almost-full moon was shining a bright ribbon of light on the water. It was beautiful. Every day I feel lucky to be here. I mean that in every sense.

12 comments:

Keris said...

I'm loving the Autumn weather here (in the UK) too. No lake, sadly. It sounds beautiful there.

L-girl said...

It really is. We live a block from the Lake. I still can't get over it.

Your blog is great. Keep at it through those rejection letters.

mkk said...

Happy Birthday, Allan! Enjoy your beautiful Ontario drive!

Yesterday was our brother-in-law Noah's 50th birthday, and we partied at their house until late.
Just now starting to read the NY Times. A lazy Sunday with perfect autumn weather, which we welcome after 8 days of rain.

James said...

Enjoy the drive! I'm looking forward to your thoughs on Central South-Western Ontario. ;)

Marnie said...

Happy birthday to Allan! I hope you both have a fine day of meandering. The wind is pretty strong, so hang onto your hats if you step out of the car ...

Expat Traveler said...

Hey Laura,

Love your blog. Love the discription too! I do hope you are taking photos to have for you later on. Wow - a block from the lake sounds incredible. I can't complain here either. We are 10 minutes from the ocean and 10 from the mountains for skiing.

gito said...

hi laura, I hope to see some pictures of Toronto's Fall scenery... Great to read every post you do of your new life in Canada. We are getting close to those ten weeks being over... take care gito

L-girl said...

Expat Traveler: thank you!

Love the discription too!

Do you mean "American by birth, Canadian by choice"?

It used to say "We are packing up our leftist politics and taking them to Canada. This is a chronicle of our adventure." I was very attached to that description, but after our move, it didn't make much sense anymore. I should hold a contest to help me pick a new blog description.

Hi Gito! Hang in there - any day now...

redsock said...

thanks for the birthday wishes!

(yes, it was quite windy.)

Sass said...

I repeat the birthday wishes for Allan.

And I am incredibly jealous of your leaf-peeping. I miss foliage. Seasons. It's getting "cool" now because it's dropping to the high 60's tonight.

PS: have you had trouble converting temperatures/measurements/currency yet? I know when I moved south of the border, it messed me up a lot ("what the hell is a yard?").

Crabbi said...

Happy Birthday, Redsock! Hope your day was fabulous.

L-girl said...

And I am incredibly jealous of your leaf-peeping. I miss foliage.

I used to really miss it in NYC, too. We lived in a neighbourhood with a lot of trees and parks, but that is not the same. And we didn't have a car, so it was a big deal to rent a car and drive into the country, we didn't do it every fall.

Seasons. It's getting "cool" now because it's dropping to the high 60's tonight.

I would find that very difficult!