It seems like I just did this for September and now October is gone. Here are my thirty-one rambles...you decide if they're tricks or treats.
1. Finding money in an old purse makes for a feel-good moment, even if the money is only change.
2. And finding out our local library doesn't impose fines for returning books after the due date was a happy surprise, too.
3. It's nice to see all the pink as more become involved in the effort to raise awareness about breast cancer, but somehow referees with pink whistles at a high school football game just doesn't seem quite right.
4. You'd think as much as we travel, checking the alarm on the hotel clock would be standard procedure...but you'd be wrong. Loud music at an unexpected hour really wakes you up in a hurry.
5. Even though it sounds strange, our black beans, spinach and andouille sausage pizza from Tomato Head was wonderful.
6. We enjoy Dale and Carol's place because of it's rural charm. So rural, in fact, that AT&T has no service there. It was nice to leave the cell phones turned off.
7. Two images stand out in my mind of our time there...a horse-drawn wagon loaded with pumpkins fresh from the field, and two little Amish boys perched high on bales of hay stacked upon another horse-drawn wagon.
8. I joked that I had the best view of all the fall colors. My sunglasses have brown glass that enhances the reds, making my view of the colors all that much better.
9. We visited a Smucker's store and museum in Orrville, Ohio. I'll bet you'll be as surprised as we were at the brands they own when you read this list.
10. When I started up my computer after returning home, it went into update overload. Windows, iTunes, HP, MacAfee, and something else I'm forgetting right now all needed attention. And I'm still working through the pile of e-mail I downloaded.
11. It was a nice change of pace to wear sweaters and jeans in Ohio but I expected to put them back away for a while when we got home. What a surprise I got!
12. Mother Nature treated my flower garden kindly the other night. Everything seems to have survived the low temperatures just fine. But I've covered the lemon tree another night or two to be on the safe side.
13. Silver is absolutely the best color for a car as it doesn't show the road grime. It always surprises me when I wash the car after a trip because the water is dirtier than I expect.
14. The home routine has been a little out of sync and I ended up with three weeks worth of ironing. Never again!
15. The hummingbirds moved on while we were gone. I'll miss seeing them buzz in and out of the feeder.
16. The deer, however, haven't gone anywhere. Well, maybe they have...they're eating my neighbor's daylilies now and they're up right next to the street.
17. Like most fine things, chocolate has its season. It's best eaten in months containing the letters A, E or U.
18. A couple of new foods are a hit at our house: fire-roasted diced tomatoes and yellow carrots, white beans and spinach.
19. We live in a semi-rural area where peanut and cotton harvests are in full swing. Light from the setting sun shining through the dust generated by the harvests is really quite pretty.
20. While working in the yard last weekend, I saw three vehicles stop and retrieve literature on the house for sale across the street. Somebody must still be buying houses.
21. My golf game really isn't tournament-ready but I was a last minute substitute for Charlotte when she fell ill. Bonnie and I had a great time and even finished in the money.
22. Q. How long will it take me to get used to the delay between when I turn on the light with the new energy-efficient bulb and when it lights up? A. Apparently more than three weeks. I still think it isn't going to work during that second or two before it comes on.
23. Wayne's cell phone is off most of the time. Fortunately, it was on when he couldn't find it so we could locate it by calling the number. It was down between the cushions on the couch. Who knows how long it would have taken us to find it if it had been off.
24. I had some time to kill today so I wandered the aisles of my local Michael's store, but I walked out empty-handed despite having a 40% off coupon. My pocketbook wasn't as lucky at Hobby Lobby.
25. Gas was $2.19 when I was in town. Amazing how good that looks after summer's prices.
26. I'm looking forward to that extra hour of sleep when we set the clocks back on Sunday, but I don't like it being dark at 5pm.
27. A semi overturned on the interstate and dumped a trailer-load of potatoes all over the place, causing an enormous traffic jam. I don't think I've ever seen potatoes being scooped up by a high-loader before.
28. We solved the mystery of the thumping sounds we've been hearing at the front of the house. A mockingbird has been attacking, or perhaps putting the moves on, his reflection in the dining room window. It's a little Hitchcock-like...perfect for Halloween.
29. And I've brought a few over to the dark side with me. Both Wayne and J.J. are now addicted to Tap Tap Revenge, too. bwahahaha (said in my most sinister laugh).
30. My neighbors played spooky music during the trick or treat hours, complete with lots of moans and screams. They probably didn't give out much candy...it even creeped me out.
31. The best and worst thing about Halloween being over is that Thanksgiving and Christmas are that much closer.
My name is Brenda Arnall and I approve of this message.