The Oddity of Halloween

First and foremost – my dear friend’s young son is in the hospital with H1N1 and pneumonia. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers!

FallHouse09Wow it’s November! Happy Celtic New Year!

So the house is ready for Fall! We bought mums yesterday at the farmers market. They’re lovely. And they’re fragrant!  Yellow, orange, white and dark red. Plus, Man installed this lovely new flag pole – we’re patriotic! I’m trying to talk him into putting up our Texas flag, too, but so far he’s not buying into that. 😀

The pumpkins are still out and the harvest wreath is up and I just love the way the house looks.

Saturday was a killer day but I survived it. As it turns out, the soccer game was cancelled. Of course, we didn’t know that until we were AT the field and the coach called. She didn’t even know until one of the dads called her and told her he’d checked the website. Because they hadn’t updated their rain out phone line. We weren’t the only ones who who showed up, though. There were others and some of the other team, too.

Then it was off to the fall festival at school and then the kiddo had a birthday party. I dropped him off and went home and just vegged out for the two hours while I threw dinner in the oven.

Trick-or-treating was odd this year. Odd in that there weren’t many houses participating. We walked probably three blocks before he finally got a full bucket. The people were super nice, though. A few houses had the signs out with a bowl of candy to take one or two, which I think is fine. They want to go out, too. But the one that really bothered me was the one with plates set up on two chairs with dingy chairpads. ALL the candy was unwrapped! Are you kidding me? I’m so glad I walked up to the door with him on that one – not that I would have let him have it when we got home – but I told him no way and we left there.

What is wrong with people? I mean, seriously? Are you that dumb to put out unwrapped candy? Or are you that hateful that you’d do something sinister to KIDS?

We got home from being out for about an hour – the weather was fair the moon was full. I checked over every piece of candy – call me paranoid, but he’s my only baby. I also took out all the candy he can’t have with his fillings and caps, much to his dismay (no Tootsie Rolls, no bubble gum, nothing sticky). After we got in, we had a few more trick-or-treaters. I think the last one showed up around 8:30. But here’s the other odd thing: there were grown women trick-or-treating with their kids. And by that I mean, they’d come to the door, hold out a bag, and say “Trick or treat”. We had three of those and Man and I were both having serious WTF moments.

The kiddo stayed up until after 10 before he was done bouncing off the walls and I was so tired I couldn’t see straight. I finally collapsed after he was in bed and slept in on Sunday which was glorious.

Sunday was much more calm, which was nice. And I cooked a huge dinner and desserte last night. We were all stuffed to the gills.

And do you think I wrote one word for NaNo? NO! I hope to get on it tonight and catch up. Wish me luck.

And that’s it for me. I’m off to work/school. Happy Monday! If it can be Happy for a Monday…

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.