Archive for October, 2012

Happy Halloween

Hi there!  Happy Halloween!  I have a lot of stuff going on that is keeping me away from the computer, but I do miss being here.  Rather than staying away, I’m going to try to write some quickie posts to at least stay in touch.

So, do you have favorite Halloween candies?  Mine are Milky Way and Butterfinger.  I can’t leave out candy corn, though.  It’s irresistible, eating one color at a time.  A couple of years ago, I found some candy cigarettes that were good fun.  It’s too bad those are so hard to find.

Fewer neighborhood kids are showing up since the trend of trick or treating from the backs of minivans and SUVs has become so popular.  It’s a nice idea, but there’s something about walking up to a house to see the decorations and build up the courage to ring the door bell that made Halloween so special to me as a kid.  A parking lot full of hatchbacks with some decorations just isn’t the same.

One family in the neighborhood goes trick or treating with their kids and their friends.  I’ll never forget the first Halloween that I saw them, I went to dump hands full of candy into their bags after their friends walked away, but their kids were standing there without anything to put their candy into.  The mom immediately said their kids aren’t allowed sugar so they can’t have any candy.  I’m looking at their friends that are smiling from ear to ear with their candy and then I look at their kids, and they looked so sad.  Can you imagine not only being denied sugar, but watching your friends come to your neighborhood and hit the candy jackpot?  That’s just wrong.

Enjoy candy this Halloween and hope you get more treats than tricks!



Quicky Post

Hello!  I’ve gone missing for a bit.  I have been trying to get moving more physically, plus finally moving forward again with some big projects at home.

Plenty of people are coming to New Orleans as the weather begins to cool off, and the social season is a flurry of activity.

Voodoo Music + Art Experience is around the corner.  Camping will be available this year for the first time!

Hope you’re having a pleasant day.  Be sweet to people because sometimes a simple smile or kind gesture could mean the world to someone that is hurting inside.



Sock It To Me

The other day, I came across a charge that I didn’t recognize.  After going down my interrogation list, I finally got around to the last person, who also happened to be the source of the charge–one of my kids.

Usually they’re good about asking first, but this wasn’t a large amount.  Still, I was curious about it.  He told me he bought a sock monkey bow tie, and my immediate response was, “Oh, yeah, of course.”  Duh!  End of that subject, and on to the next.

Later, I started thinking about the sock monkey bow tie.  At first, I was thinking how cute it must be.  Then, I started thinking how nuts it is that my family and several relatives buy anything and everything that has a sock monkey on it.  Not because we like sock monkeys, but because someone we’re related to by marriage is scared of them.


It might sound mean, but we don’t scare her with them or mail them to her or hide them in her cabinets to fall on her.  We give sock monkey items to each other and giggle, including her in the joke.  I originally thought it was a joke when she let it slip one day, but it’s not.  Such a huge mistake to let people know your weakness.

After looking around online, sock monkeys can be cute and they can be creepy.  They watch you sleep.



They bring you presents and trick or treat you.





They spend the night with you, on your flannel sheets and jammies.

They’re super heroes and super snugglers.

They’re on The A-Team and aboard the USS Enterprise.

They’re zombies, vampires, and wedding cake toppers.

They can be couture, co-joined, and tiny.

Show some love to a sock monkey today.

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