October Smiles

Waterfront Trail

Hello blog friends! Over here, Daylight saving time ended on Sunday November 1, at 2 o’clock in the morning. Clocks are turned backward one hour. Today I’m writing my monthly review for October. I hope you have a few minutes to pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and let’s chat.

Family and Friends

As I type this, Toronto currently sits in Modified Stage 2 of Ontario’s Covid-19 restrictions. This means indoor dining, gyms, and movie theatres that were allowed to re-open in the summer are closed again. We are advised to limit close contact to people living in our household and maintain 2 metres physical distance from everyone else.

Park in autumn

I continue to connect with my family and friends by phone, text, and email. The main thing I’m grateful for is that no one in my circle of family and friends has contracted Covid-19. We are all well. We are able to stay in touch and to meet in person outside.


Trail in autumn

I took advantage of nice weather conditions in October and did a lot of cycling and walking to lovely parks as shown in my photos. Beautiful Fall foliage is everywhere. I continue to do my meditation, full body workouts, and yoga at home. A consistent fitness routine is the best strategy for me to stay healthy mentally and physically during this pandemic.

Here’s my numbers in October:

  • 31 meditation sessions
  • 22 new targeted workouts (see below)
  • 18 cycling trips
  • 16 walks
  • 15 yoga sessions
  • 13 full body workouts
  • 5 rest days

New Targeted Workouts

To keep my fitness routine fresh, fun, and challenging, I make some changes to it every month. YouTube has been a good resource for fitness videos during this pandemic. I added two series to my workout routine: Chloe Bent’s Fit Class series in October and Lunden Souza’s Runtastic series in November.

In both series, on weekdays, I complete 20 minutes of exercises that target a variety of muscle groups. These exercises use body weight and require no equipment. I enjoy both series and may either alternate them weekly in December or find a new series to try.


Fruits and Vegetables

I go to the supermarkets once or twice a week for fruits and vegetables. Most of them are from Ontario, Canada, except bananas are usually from Costa Rica, Guatemala, or Honduras, red and green grapes from Chile, Peru or California, USA, and clementines from Morocco, South Africa, or Spain. I’m thankful to be able to buy and enjoy fruits from other countries.

In the supermarkets here, prices are displayed both in imperial and metric units. I’m sharing a sample of items at regular price in the table below, with the last column showing the price equivalent in US dollars. The local supermarkets have weekly sales on selected items so with some planning, one can spend less on groceries.

ItemPrice in Canadian dollarsPrice in US dollars
Bananas$1.52/ kg or $0.69/ lb$0.52/ lb
Green grapes, Plum tomatoes, Golden delicious apples, and Barlett pears$4.39/ kg or $1.99/ lb$1.51/ lb
Red grapes, Green peppers, Red peppers, Broccoli crowns, and Clementines$6.59/ kg or $2.99/ lb$2.27/ lb

Grocery Home Delivery

I experimented with grocery home delivery service for the first time in October, just in case I need it in the future. For comparison purposes, I ordered dry food items and household products from two local service providers. Overall, both offered satisfactory services on my first order so I’d use them again. I’m glad to have the home delivery option for a small fee.


Boardwalk on a sunny day

I keep myself entertained by observing nature, visiting outdoor public art installations, blogging, reading novels, listening to music, and completing my daily French and Spanish lessons on Duolingo. I’m thankful to have access to excellent digital services. Here’s my numbers in October:

  • 31 French and Spanish sessions
  • 13 e-books (see list below)
  • 10 public art installations
  • 4 blog posts
  • 2 digital concerts and many playlists

October Reading

I read thirteen e-books that I’d rate 3.5 to 4 out of 5 stars. Most of the authors were new to me. Here’s the list by author’s last name:

  1. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.
  2. The Guest List by Lucy Foley.
  3. Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory.
  4. 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand.
  5. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.
  6. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren.
  7. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.
  8. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord.
  9. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.
  10. Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid.
  11. Landline by Rainbow Rowell.
  12. One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London.
  13. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne.

Your Turn

  1. How was your October?
  2. How do my grocery regular prices compare to those in your location?
  3. What book(s) have you read recently?

I’d love to hear your comments.

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78 thoughts on “October Smiles

  1. Joanne November 1, 2020 / 6:16 am

    We tend to shop twice a week for fresh fruit and vegetables too; with 5 of us we tend to go through them quite quickly but based on the few items you mentioned above I think our prices are relatively comparative. I’ve read three of the 13 books you’ve listed– Unhoneymooners, 28 Summers, and What Alice Forgot and enjoyed them all tremendously.

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    • Natalie November 1, 2020 / 11:34 am

      Joanne, Shopping for fruit and vegetables is the fun part of grocery shopping for me because I love their colours. Glad to hear you also enjoyed three of the same books that I read.


  2. Suzanne@PictureRetirement November 1, 2020 / 6:40 am

    Good morning Natalie, your October sounds wonderful. That little grocery pile looks pretty much like mine. The Clementines have been really good lately. We have also been enjoying cantaloupes and lots of apples. Of the books on your list, I have only read ‘What Alice Forgot’ which I highly endorse as a 4 out of 5. Our ‘official’ status has not changed with Covid, even though our numbers are climbing. We remain diligent and keep our circle small. We do not know anyone personally who has been sick, but we have had about 6 cases in our neighborhood. Varying your exercise routine is smart. And, being outside is the very best! Take care.

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    • Natalie November 1, 2020 / 11:41 am

      Suzanne, I keep my circle small and remain diligent, too. I function better when I have variety in my day so I try to be creative with my activities, and I have more time to do that during the pandemic. Being outside has been an excellent antidote to social isolation for me. Stay safe and well.


  3. restlessjo November 1, 2020 / 7:19 am

    Good to know you’re doing ok, Natalie. We seem to fluctuate between hope and uncertainty here, as with much of the world. Today I’m at the beach and a tiny yellow spotted ladybird has become my friend. You can’t get cross with that, can you? Stay safe, hon! 🤗💙

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    • Natalie November 1, 2020 / 11:45 am

      Jo, Just the thought of going to the beach makes me smile. The tiny yellow spotted ladybird is a cute bonus. I believe that nothing is permanent so this covid will no longer be a threat to us, hopefully soon. Stay safe and well!


  4. Jill Weatherholt November 1, 2020 / 7:38 am

    Looks like another productive month, Natalie. I’m glad to know you’re staying well. We shop at a nearby German owned market. Their prices are substantially lower than the US prices you shared. Of course, our bigger chain stores are a lot higher…completely overpriced. You’ve got some great books in your collection. I’ve always enjoyed Sarah Dessen, but I haven’t read that one. Open Road Summer caught my eye. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! Stay safe!

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    • Natalie November 1, 2020 / 11:51 am

      Jill, That was my first time reading Sarah Dessen’s book. Open Road Summer is another young adult fiction and first time I read Emery Lord. I’ve been pleasantly surprised that I enjoy reading YA fiction. Your German owned market sounds like an excellent place to shop for less expensive fresh produce and it likely helps local farmers to sell their harvest. Have a wonderful upcoming week!

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  5. bearmkwa November 1, 2020 / 9:37 am

    Wow, such a busy time for you. I’ve been cooped up with broken feeties from falling a couple of weeks ago. Finally able to put shoes on and walk without crutches and canes. It’s so lovely out this morning, especially for November that I might talk Hubby into taking me to the park for a short walk. I’m doing National Novel Writing Month (Nano) for November, so I’m challenged to write 50k words in 30 days. It’s a very hectic month with much time spent typing. I attach a separate keyboard to my laptop for this to save the keys. The first year I did Nano, I destroyed my laptop… it literally smoked. I’ve never seen a laptop smoke like that before, and hope I never do again. Keys melted, hard drive (along with my 100k of writing) totally fried. My renter’s insurance co. sent it off to a data retrieval co. for me, salvaged a few docs, but not the nano one. I did check out the ebook “Where the Crawdad Sings” by Della Owens that I think you were the one who talked about it last week. I’ve also downloaded ” Cilka’s Journey’ by Heather Morris. Like I’m going to have time to read them…LOL~ Have a great week!

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    • Natalie November 1, 2020 / 12:00 pm

      Bear, I’m glad to hear you’re able to walk without crutches and canes. Good for you to take on NaNoWriMo for November. I’m not patient enough to sit and type so many words for 30 days. Where the Crawdads Sing is a very good novel. I haven’t read Cilka’s Journey yet. Have a wonderful week!

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  6. Kathleen Howell November 1, 2020 / 10:55 am

    Man, you’ve been busy! I feel like a complete potato sitting here at my laptop with my coffee growing cold. LOL There is never enough time for everything I want to do.. You are an inspiration!

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    • Natalie November 1, 2020 / 12:04 pm

      Thank you, Kathleen, for your kind comment. I always feel humbled when someone tells me I’m an inspiration. I do use my time with a good focus and intentions. The pandemic gives me more time at home so there you go. Have a wonderful week!


  7. Debbie November 1, 2020 / 11:35 am

    Hi Natalie — what a productive month you’ve had! And what a good idea, taking stock monthly of your progress re: exercise, books read, and so forth. I try to get to the grocery once or twice a week, too. I like fresh fruits, bread, and yogurt, which don’t exactly have long shelf lives! Glad you’re COVID-free (we are, too, and continue to be very careful!) Your park is stunning!

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    • Natalie November 1, 2020 / 12:12 pm

      Debbie, I’m glad you like my park photos. I keep track of my activities on a simple spreadsheet to motivate myself. Shopping for fruit and vegetables is the fun part of grocery shopping for me because I like their vibrant colours and I like eating them at home 🙂 Yeah, we’ll continue to be careful to stay safe and well. Have a wonderful week!

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  8. John & Susan November 1, 2020 / 11:55 am

    You are the busiest person for October! Wow! 13 books in 4 weeks? Incredible. What are your top 3 that you would recommend?

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    • Natalie November 1, 2020 / 12:19 pm

      John and Susan, I enjoy reading and I’ve been reading a lot during this pandemic with more time at home. From the novels I read in October, the top 3 would be: The Guest List (suspense), What Alice Forgot (Relationships) and The Truth about Forever (Young Adult) or One To Watch (Romance).


  9. Sagittarius Viking November 1, 2020 / 2:31 pm

    What a great month you had! The photos of the leaves are gorgeous.
    I almost exclusively order my food online, I order a lot of food every 3-4 weeks and get extra fruit and vegetables if needed in between. This week I tried something I have not tried before. I ordered one 5kg box of mixed fruit in season, and one 5kg box of mixed vegetables in season. All the fruit and vegetables where perfect. I’m definitely going to try that again. When I order my food online I do less spontaneous shopping, and plan my meals better.
    Thank you so much for the coffee!

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    • Natalie November 1, 2020 / 3:01 pm

      Maria, It’s great that you’ve been ordering food online almost exclusively. Having a stocked pantry certainly helps meal planning and cost saving. I think I’ll do more online food shopping this winter. Have a wonderful week!

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      • Sagittarius Viking November 1, 2020 / 11:16 pm

        It does feel good to minimise interactions with strangers in these crazy times. Enjoy your week!


  10. Erica/Erika November 1, 2020 / 7:19 pm

    Your Fall photos are exceptional, again, Natalie. I have not tried grocery home delivery, yet. Overall, I hear good things. You are always inspirational with how much you accomplish each week. B. C. Numbers have significantly risen this past month. Fortunate we are on the Island. Taking advantage of outdoor walks with friends and family. Always counting my blessings. Fun to read your update, Natalie.

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    • Natalie November 1, 2020 / 7:36 pm

      Hi Erica/ Erika, I’m glad you like my photos. Fall has been beautiful here and it’s easy to take good pictures on a nice sunny day. The case numbers have also increased in Ontario. On weekdays, I feel grateful to have the trail mostly to myself, very easy to maintain physical distancing. I’ve learned to be intentional with how I spend my time, especially in the morning. It requires focus and when I focus well, I accomplish more. The rest of the day just falls into place afterwards. Have a wonderful upcoming week!

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      • Erica/Erika November 2, 2020 / 8:51 am

        I am with you, Natalie, and my mornings. ❤️


  11. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid November 1, 2020 / 7:48 pm

    I’m not sure of the exchange rate but I generally find fruit and veg quite expensive in Australia much moreso than when I lived in the UK. I just finished reading Olive by Emma Gannon which I really enjoyed and now I’m reading Christmas fiction in preparation for my forthcoming Christmas books post! We’re going into summer and have just put our clocks forward and I am loving the longer lighter evenings. Stay safe over there, hope the restrictions ease soon!

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    • Natalie November 2, 2020 / 8:15 am

      Sammie, I guess fruit and veg are more expensive in Australia due to its location not connected to other land mass and more expensive to import things that don’t grow locally. Christmas is not that far away, isn’t it? You just remind me to start looking up holiday-themed books to read. Enjoy all the goodness that summer brings!


  12. Jennifer Jones November 1, 2020 / 9:15 pm

    Hi Natalie great to do another monthly catchup and see what you’ve been up to. Sorry to hear that you have been locked down again. We don’t hear much about how the virus is going in Canada so thanks for the update. We buy our fruit and veg twice weekly also. In Sunday’s at the market with a top up mid week. I haven’t read any of the books that you’ve read so will keep your list in mind. #lifethisweek

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    • Natalie November 2, 2020 / 8:21 am

      Jennifer, I haven’t been to a gym, or movie theatre or restaurant since March so the re-openings and closings haven’t affected my daily activities. Hopefully the case numbers here will go down soon. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week!


  13. Retirement Reflections November 1, 2020 / 9:54 pm

    Hi, Natalie – Thank you for the great catch-up. I’m glad to hear that you and your family are all well. Once again, your energy, and your dedication to wellness, are very inspiring.
    A few years ago I read ‘What Alice Forgot’. I greatly enjoyed it!
    Wishing you a happy November!

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    • Natalie November 2, 2020 / 8:53 am

      Hi Donna, While the social distancing is going on, I use existing online resources to make my fitness routine more fun. So far so good. Hope you and your family are all well. Have a wonderful week!


  14. leannelc November 1, 2020 / 10:11 pm

    Hi Natalie – sorry to hear that covid numbers are still a concern where you are, but good that you can still see family and friends if you’re careful (and also great that nobody you know has contracted it!) Good that you’re keeping up the variety with your fitness and the fruit prices were interesting (much cheaper than here in Australia!)

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    • Natalie November 2, 2020 / 9:02 am

      Hi Leanne, I guess fruit prices are higher in Australia due to its location not connected to other land mass and it’s more expensive to import things that don’t grow locally. While the covid numbers are still a concern here, it hasn’t changed my daily activities since March. I’m still staying at home, except to go outside for exercise and essentials.


  15. Darlene November 2, 2020 / 8:05 am

    Ontario is so beautiful in the fall. Love the pictures. Fresh fruits and vegetables are aplenty here in Spain and very affordable, so I get all I can. A great place to be a vegetarian. Stay safe my friend. #SeniSal

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    • Natalie November 2, 2020 / 9:06 am

      Darlene, You picked a great place to live in Spain. Pleasant climate and abundance of affordable and fresh fruits and vegetables, plus proximity to other cities in Europe and Africa. Have a wonderful week!

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  16. Laurie November 2, 2020 / 8:15 am

    31 meditation sessions in October? Good for you. I love reading about your wellness activities, Natalie. I need to change up my routine this month. I am getting into a rut!

    I think most of the prices of grocery items are the same in Toronto as here except for the items we can still get at the farm market – apples, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers. These items are much cheaper here in PA.

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    • Natalie November 2, 2020 / 9:12 am

      Laurie, I meditate about 15 minutes every day. I function better when I have variety in my fitness routine so I try to inject something new every month. It’s great that you can get inexpensive fruit and veg at the farm market year-round. The outdoor farmers’ markets here operate from the third week of May to October.


  17. trentpmcd November 2, 2020 / 9:24 am

    As the Covi-19 numbers go up everywhere, I’m sure we will all see a tightening of restrictions. Sounds like you had a very productive October! I am terrible at keeping stats, but I know that besides my dog walks you were able to exercise outside in October more than I was (it was wet here all month). Also cool that you were able to do so much reading 🙂 I hope you have a great November!

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    • Natalie November 2, 2020 / 10:31 am

      Trent, I keep simple stats to motivate myself. October weather was good here and this week we’re expecting unusually warm temps so I’ll be outside as much as possible. With the covid restrictions, I gain some time for exercising and reading and that’s been positive. Have a great week!

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    • Natalie November 2, 2020 / 10:31 am

      Thank you, Frank. I’m glad you like my photos. Fall has been beautiful here.

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  18. Su Leslie November 2, 2020 / 3:22 pm

    Wow; you have been busy.

    I try to only buy local produce because NZ is so far away that the climate impact bringing out of season stuff here is horrendous. I’m ok with food from Australia and the Pacific Islands that we can’t grow here, but I do feel really fortunate that our climate allows us to grow most of the food we need — if only we’d stop building houses on productive land 😦

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    • Natalie November 2, 2020 / 4:55 pm

      Su, It’s great that NZ climate allows you to grow most of the food you need and the population in NZ is not big compared to other countries. Over here, it’s easy to buy local produce in the summer but not so easy to have variety in colder months.

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      • Su Leslie November 2, 2020 / 5:09 pm

        We are fortunate, and I’m really grateful for that. I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently and how we could all benefit from revisiting the ways of eating of our ancestors who had to survive on whatever they could grow. I suspect we’d get bored pretty quickly though 😬

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        • Natalie November 2, 2020 / 6:01 pm

          I think it would be a diet change that requires sacrifices and adjustments. Also in certain places with harsh climate, it wouldn’t be a balanced diet to just rely on the local resources. Yes, boredom would happen very quickly, too 🙂


  19. Antoinette Truglio Martin November 2, 2020 / 5:21 pm

    I love that you make getting outdoors a priority. Looking forward to November.

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    • Natalie November 2, 2020 / 6:05 pm

      Antoinette, Getting outdoors and being close to nature keep me in a good mood in this challenging year. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!


    • Natalie November 3, 2020 / 2:22 pm

      Thank you, Heidi, for your visit and sharing your link.


  20. Veronica Lee November 3, 2020 / 11:03 pm

    Looks like someone has been very busy!!! Only 5 rest days??? WOW! You truly are an inspiration!

    Happy Wednesday, Natalie!

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    • Natalie November 4, 2020 / 8:28 am

      Happy Wednesday, Veronica! The 5 rest days are when I don’t exercise, just relax and go with the flow all day 🙂 Thank you for your kind comment. I feel humbled to be an inspiration.


  21. Debbie November 4, 2020 / 12:41 am

    Hi Natalie, I enjoyed reading your monthly report and always like hearing how things are going on the other side of the world. Once when I was travelling I used bananas as a guide for comparing costs in each country I went to, it was very interesting as is knowing where your food comes from. I liked the book What Alice Forgot which I read years ago but the others on your list are new to me. Thanks for sharing 🙂 #lifethisweek

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    • Natalie November 4, 2020 / 8:35 am

      Hi Debbie, I also use bananas as a guide for comparing costs when I travel. It’s partly because bananas are easy to buy and fairly safe fruit for me to eat abroad. I’m glad you found it interesting to know where my food comes from. We import a lot here due to our cold climate.

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  22. Denyse Whelan Blogs November 4, 2020 / 3:25 am

    That is a bit of a reality check seeing the re-introduction of COVID restrictions. Going into winter would be part of that I guess. The UK is in full lockdown for the next month.

    As for comparison of prices for fruit and veg, too hard for the Aussie dollar compared to yours. However, just about all Australian fruit and veg is grown here. Any items imported must be labelled as such. For example, whilst grapes are in the Supermarket right now they are from the US and are more expensive than Australian grape season which starts in Summer and goes through to Autumn. One of the problems for crop growers here is that there are few backpackers to pick (seasonal workers) because of our country being closed at the borders as we are an island.

    I meditate with Calm morning and night and have not missed a day/night for over 300 days. I am doing so much better from my meditation practice.

    Thanks for linking up for Life This Week. Next week, the optional prompt is 45/51 Share Your Snaps #9 9.11.2020 and I would love to see you there! Denyse.

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    • Natalie November 4, 2020 / 8:45 am

      Denyse, The government here is going to lift the COVID restrictions that I mentioned starting this weekend. I feel for the business operators who have to manage the openings and closures within a month’s time.

      I’m glad you find your meditation practice helpful. I’ve also been doing it daily for a long time, and want to keep this good habit. I look forward to joining you at the next link-up.

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  23. Ally Bean November 4, 2020 / 11:19 am

    Let’s see… overall my October was a dreary wet mess so I’m glad it’s over.

    Your grocery prices are comparable to ours.

    I haven’t read much of anything lately, but I did read What Alice Forgot years ago. I loved the premise. It made me wonder what I’d think of myself if I ran into the me I used to be. Still think on that from time to time.

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    • Natalie November 4, 2020 / 5:58 pm

      Ally, I liked the premise in What Alice Forgot, too. I hope November weather improves for you. Have a great week!

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  24. Karen November 4, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    I enjoyed walking with you through your pictures & reading about your October activities. Fall has certainly put on a show in your area.

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    • Natalie November 4, 2020 / 6:00 pm

      Thank you, Karen, for your visit and comment. Fall is beautiful here and the colours lift my spirits.


  25. PurplePumpernickel November 4, 2020 / 7:51 pm

    It must be challenging to have things close again – we can barely keep up with the changes in restrictions & requirements. It is wonderful that you & your family have kept well & safe.

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful things you have done this month. You certainly keep very busy! Your reading list is amazing! I am still working through Maya Jasanoff’s “The Dawn Watch”, and occasionally dip into Anne Carson’s “Decreation” & “Plainwater”. Otherwise, I am browsing Cookbooks which I have borrowed from the library.

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    • Natalie November 4, 2020 / 8:09 pm

      Ju-Lyn, I feel for the business operators with all the changes imposed on them during this pandemic. Personally, the closures and re-openings of gyms, movie theatres, and restaurants haven’t affected me because I haven’t gone to any of them since March. I follow public health guidelines to go outside for exercise and essentials only, and the rest of the day I stay at home, so I’m able to read a lot 🙂 I hope all’s well for you and your family in Singapore. Your baking and cooking look amazing.


  26. Liesbet @ Roaming About November 4, 2020 / 9:13 pm

    Your prices for fruit and vegetables aren’t bad at all. What I found interesting in Canada, in some stores anyway, was that the produce would be marked by the kg in the produce section and in pounds on the receipts. That made it hard to keep track!

    No book reading for me this last month and little TV either, but I do need to read my own book over the coming days, to make sure there are no typos left! 🙂

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    • Natalie November 5, 2020 / 9:35 am

      Liesbet, Your book is a priority this month for sure. You’re so close to launch. In the supermarkets and grocery stores here, prices are listed both by pounds and kgs although the signs in pounds are in much bigger fonts than those in kgs. A marketing trick perhaps 🙂 On the receipts, produce weights and charges show by kgs and taxes are added to the subtotal at the end of the bill.

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  27. betty - NZ November 4, 2020 / 10:09 pm

    You have had an interesting month! I am glad you posted the prices as I often wonder how New Zealand prices compare. Sometimes, fruit (especially grapes), are too expensive to buy.

    It’s great to see your link at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!

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    • Natalie November 5, 2020 / 9:39 am

      Betty, I thought some of my blog readers may find the grocery price info interesting. Grapes are affordable here most of the time. In the summer, we have a wide variety of fruit at low prices. Thank you for hosting MCoW. Have a great week!


  28. Min Write of the Middle November 4, 2020 / 10:46 pm

    Hi Natalie, your fruit and veggies are cheaper than here in Australia! Probably your petrol/fuel costs would be a lot cheaper over there too. Sorry to hear your restrictions have tightened up again but thank goodness for technology and being able to keep in touch with loved ones. You’ve had a great month and as usual – well balanced. I can’t believe how many books you manage to read in a month! Loving all your ‘fall’ (autumn to us) photos. I adore the colours of the leaves in that season. xo

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    • Natalie November 5, 2020 / 9:44 am

      Min, I guess fruit and vegetable prices are higher in Australia due to its location not connected to other land mass and it’s more expensive to import things that don’t grow locally. With COVID-19 restrictions, I stay home except when I go outside for exercise or essentials so I have more time to read 🙂


  29. Deborah November 5, 2020 / 1:03 am

    Wow, a lot of reading there Natalie! I see a couple of Aussie authors as well!

    And I was interested to read about the targetted exercise. I’m lucky to get to my couple of classes a week but my niece – who’s a dancer – was in Tokyo earlier this year and she built up quite the catalogue of virtual options. She and some others in her Disney cast used to use a meeting room to do some classes via Zoom and she did a lot of You Tube classes. And… because she didn’t have regular rehearsals she had to add some weights classes etc to her routine as well.

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    • Natalie November 5, 2020 / 9:55 am

      Deborah, Yes, I try to read authors from various countries. I enjoyed reading novels by two Aussie authors (Liane Moriarty and Sally Thorne) in October. Before COVID-19, I wasn’t into virtual exercise classes. As the pandemic continues and gyms are closed here, I start using YouTube more and actually find a few exercise series I like. The instructors in these series are certified fitness coaches or personal trainers and their voices keep my workouts more fun. I understand your niece’s needs to use virtual options to stay fit.


  30. isthismutton November 6, 2020 / 2:20 am

    A productive month Natalie, you are still keeping busy. England is back in lockdown now until Dec 2. I’m having the first online shopping delivery today for a long time but I find it’s more expensive and a few things get forgotten. So next week I’ll probably be queuing with everyone else. Enjoy November!

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    • Natalie November 6, 2020 / 7:52 am

      Gail, I read about the lockdown in England. Hang in there. I did more online grocery shopping and so far so good, all items arrived as expected. Have a great November!


  31. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit November 11, 2020 / 2:47 pm

    You can’t go past a good Liane Moriarty book. She’s the best. I haven’t read “What Alice Forgot” yet. I must get that. The last one I read of hers was “Three Wishes” about the triplets and prior to that it was “Nine Perfect Strangers” which Nicole Kidman is shooting in Australia right now.

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    • Natalie November 11, 2020 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks, Leanne, for sharing what you read of Moriarty. I enjoyed “What Alice Forgot”. I’ll look for the other two books that you mentioned from my library.


  32. OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com November 11, 2020 / 9:59 pm

    Such lovely photos of the fall foliage. I like the dark trunks contrasted with the bright colored leaves. Our trees are beginning to lose their leaves but they are just falling off while they are still green. Crazy!

    Your produce is quite expensive. Such a shame that healthy eating can be more expensive than eating poorly. Have never tried having groceries delivered but do put in orders quite often that I pick up. There is no charge for that convenience. Thank goodness.

    You and Deb have inspired me to get more serious again about Duolingo. Haven’t been able to remember to do it every day but doing it 3-4 times a week. And retaining what I am learning and reviewing.

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    • Natalie November 12, 2020 / 8:29 am

      Leslie, Autumn has been beautiful here. I’m thankful for the good weather and the city parks. Most of the yellow-orange-red leaves are on the ground now. I’ve been doing Duolingo for so long, I want to keep up what I’ve gained using the app. I think learning 3-4 times a week is pretty good if you can’t do it daily.


  33. Dr Sock November 21, 2020 / 7:08 pm

    What an interesting idea to compare the produce prices across areas. In my local grocery store (Vancouver Island, BC), apples, pears, broccoli crowns, and clementines are priced the same as in Toronto. Bananas and grapes are higher.


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    • Natalie November 21, 2020 / 8:46 pm

      Jude, I was thinking how fortunate we are to continue having imported fruit and veggies, and stable pricing throughout the pandemic. A sign of a strong supply-demand system.


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