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On the homefront, the hurricane is going to hit us (yeah, the one from Mexico)and we’re going to have record highs tomorrow, plus lashings of rain and wind. Okay with me — I’ll just stay indoors.
I realized why I wasn’t feeling my usual Halloween/beginning of the holidays mood. Last year my grandchildren left right after Halloween – the last time I saw them was when they came trick or treating, so it’s no wonder that right now I equate Halloween with grief. (I have seen them four times since then, briefly. Could be worse, I guess.)
But I figure once Halloween is over I can get into the mood. I’ve got a couple of autumn quilts in the basement to dig out, and fake foliage to festoon the house, and I can start with the Christmas sewing/shopping whatever. I don’t have that many people to shop for/sew for any more, which is just as well, I guess. Well, not just as well – I’d much rather have too many people to shop for, but that’s one of those things that’s out of my control. Nevertheless, I’m reclaiming Christmas as best I can, and I guess I better start with hoarding Minecraft Legos, since there’s supposed to be a Lego shortage this year. Horrors!
I’ll even bake, but it’s gotta be healthy baking. Whole wheat white flour and whole wheat pastry flour is surprisingly good (though don’t trust that prune shit that’s supposed to be a natural sweetener — it’s gross). Today I’ll make Richie some banana muffins from the bananas that have gone by, as a dry run. I have no idea who’ll be here for Thanksgiving – maybe just Richie and me. It doesn’t matter – we’ll toast our children and cuddle and it’ll be just fine.
Most of you will probably be having massive Thanksgivings. Even if you’ve got the requisite drunken brother-in-law and the inappropriate uncle, be glad you’ve got ’em. The holiday season is a time for tolerance.
I think I’ll buy some pumpkin spice coffee. I don’t particularly like it, but it’s festive. (I do love Starbucks Christmas/Holiday blend when it comes out, though).
What have you all got planned for Halloween? Anyone dressing up? We live so far out in the country that no one comes by, but maybe I’ll dress like a nun anyway, just to make Richie and Tim react.
Best Halloween story — Mini-me was always a Tigger sort of person to her husband’s Eeyore, so for Halloween one year I sent her a full-size Tigger costume. At the time she was touring as a stage manager for an opera company in England, and I had it sent to the theater in York (or wherever). She made the mistake of opening the package in front of the actors etc., and they insisted she put it on and wear it for the entire day while she did her stage managing duties. Must have been pretty funny watching Tigger scoot around while Verdi was bellowing from the rafters.
So what’s your Halloween story?