Thursday, October 31, 2013
Where Have All The Trick-r-Treaters Gone?
My goodness, I have a lot of candy left! Last year I ran out, so this year I guess I over-bought. Our community specifies that trick or treating goes from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. And although it had rained all day, it was warm and merely damp by evening. Even so, there was no steady stream of children, just dibs and dabs all evening. I started out giving one piece, but by 7:00 pm I was handing it out by the handsful. I had every good kind of candy I could find, and what turned out to be my biggest temptation? Laffy Taffy! I gave away the Snickers and Reeses and Twix and ate bunches of that nasty artificial putty-textured stuff. Yum. My daughter in Louisiana is always thrilled when we have a low turn out up here, because the leftovers all get mailed down to her. Except that she'll miss out of the Laffy Taffy because there isn't any of that left!
The highlights this year? Well, my grandchildren, of course. But I also met a Prince Charming (I told him I've heard it all before and was no longer impressed), and a recent divorcee who repurposed her wedding gown (she showed me her wedding pictures) to symbolize her efforts to build a new life. And one young couple, pushing a very little guy in a stroller, told me flat out that he couldn't have it but they were still hoping for some candy. I gave them two handsful because I know that feeling well!
Maybe cutest of all, one little boy spontaneously looked up at me (before I'd given him a thing) and declared to his daddy, "that is a very nice lady!" Another child told me earnestly that some people do scary things on Halloween and he does not like that one bit and he was happy I was not scary. I think I was probably wearing my Grandma Face, and it was nice to have it noticed.
My friend did more work on my house this week, to my delight. I know he doesn't really have the time to spare, so it was especially sweet. He put my basement sliding doors back on track so that I can hide the messes within. And he added wire and created a place for my 2 meter radio antenna to come into what will be my shack once I am done buying the equipment I need (with a cleverly inserted length of fishing line to pull up the coax for my second antenna when the time comes. The 2 meter has already made a difference, because when I attached my HT and put out a call, I got responses on several frequencies, way more action than I usually scare up! :) He also stayed for dinner, which was my favorite part of all. Anyone who likes to cook and doesn't have anybody to cook for anymore knows exactly what I mean. :)
This weekend is search and rescue training, and I've somehow twisted my foot. It hurts like heck to put weight on it, but my plan is to walk it out until it either gets better or bad enough to need treatment. No sense babying it. It will be interesting to see how my plan works out. One thing I know, if I walk out with the group into the brush, I need to keep up until we get back. No slackers allowed.