Saturday, November 3, 2018

Merry Not Scary (Ten Things of Thankful)

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How thankful i am that Thankful Month has started!

It may seem a little late, but i had to wait for the event to happen to tell everyone how thankful i am for our Halloween fun.

Thankful that i buy the small bags of candy (the good stuff, of course) two at a time every time i go to the store as soon as they appear, so it never seems to cost me very much.

Thankful that i remembered to buy the peanut free candy, too, and keep it separate.  The allergic kids and their parents like that, too.

Thankful that we had carved pumpkins, that Little Girl found the short candles, and that she had a lighter.

Thankful i was able to set up our decorations with a chair and table in the driveway so the children out could see that i was there.

Thankful the next door neighbors did the same.

Thankful for the visits with said neighbors, who also decorated their yard.

Thankful for the many dads who brought their children.  The first was one of the best.  He was gently leading two boys, both probably under age 3, dressed identically as cowboys.  The slightly older one had learned to say “twick o tweet!” and when i said, Howdy, pard! the dad laughed and said, “I worked on that one, but he hasn’t gotten it quite yet.”  Maybe next year.

Thankful that the majority of the kids remembered to say “thank you” and the one or two who, in their excitement, forgot were prompted by parents or older siblings.

Thankful some kids who attend the school across the street and don’t live in a neighborhood where trick or treating is encouraged were brought to the school by their parents and came through our neighborhood —  And All Of Them Were Minority Kids Accompanied By Both Parents!

Thankful that most of those parents were dressed up, too, many in matching outfits.  We had Incredibles families, families of ghosts, and more.

It was a great, fun night, and i was blessed to have been a part of it. 

Please join us and our gracious and wonderful hostess Kristi from ThankfulMe, write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful.  



Today is:

Apaturia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (a three day meeting of the clans and welcoming newcomers and children into the community; date approximate)

Betcha Festival -- Onomichi, Japan (men in costume "beat" children with bamboo whisks to prevent them getting ill in the coming year)

Bunka no hi -- Japan (Culture Day)

Children's Day -- Malaysia

Cliche Day -- get them all out of your system today; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays    

Cuenca Day -- Cuenca, Ecuador

Digital Scrapbooking Day -- it certainly takes up less room than the other kinds!

Fall Back Night -- all areas that end Daylight Saving Time tomorrow; set your clock back one hour before you go to bed and change the batteries in your smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors (Bermuda; Canada (most areas); Cuba; Greenland (some areas); Haiti; Mexico (Baja area); Saint Pierre and Miquelon; The Bahamas; US (most areas))

Fall Country Jamboree -- Barberville, FL, US (celebration of pioneer life, with music, crafts, historic displays, Native and Cracker camps, and more; through tomorrow)

Guy Fawkes Carnival -- Bridgwater, Somerset, UK (a festival that traces its origins to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605)

Housewives' Day -- birth anniversary of Roseanne Barr

Independence Day -- Dominica(1978); Federated States of Micronesia(1986); Panama (also called Separation Day, separating from Colombia in 1903)

Let Someone Have the Last Word Day -- internet generated, probably so you will quit with the cliches

Parsley Scattering Season ends -- Fairy Calendar

Peddler's Village Apple Festival -- Lahaska, PA, US (fun for all, through tomorrow)

Sandwich Day -- birth anniversary of John Montague, Fourth Earl of Sandwich and reputed inventor of the food item which bears his name; make yourself a really good one in his memory

SOS Day -- on this date in 1906 the Second International Radio Telegraphic Conference at Berlin, Germany, proposed it as the new wireless distress signal to replace CQD (Come Quick, Danger)

Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens -- Pine Mountain, GA, US (a six-race steeplechase)

St. Hubert's Day (Patron of archers, dogs, forest workers, furriers, hunters and hunting, machinists, mathmematicians, metal workers, opticians, precision instrument makers, smelters, trappers; Liege, Belgium; Saint-Hubert, Belgium; against dog bites, hydrophobia/rabies)

St. Martin de Porres' Day (Patron of African-Americans, bargers/hair stylists, inter-racial justice, hotel-keepers/innkeepers, paupers, persons of mixed race, poor people, public education, public health, public schools, race relations/racial harmony, social justice, state schools, television; Biloxi, MI, US; Peru)

St. Pirminius' Day (Patron of Monsheim, Germany; against poisoning, snake bite)

St. Winifred's Day (Patron of incest victims, martyrs; Gwytherin, Wales; Holywell, Wales; Shrewsbury, England)

Tunnel Day -- NY, NY, US (anniversary of the start of the first subway tunnel in 1900)

Unique 150 Hands-On Mystery Object Event -- Logic Puzzle Museum, Burlington, WI, US (come join the fun and use your brain puzzling out what these 298 mystery objects, many of them antique, are or used to do; through Nov. 18)

Verboort Sausage and Kraut Dinner -- Forest Grove, OR, US (beer and their famous sausage, as well as home-baked goods and fun)

Victory Day -- Maldives

Birthdays Today:

Gemma Ward, 1987
Evgeny Plushenko, 1982
Dolph Lundgren, 1959
Phil Simms, 1956
Adam Ant, 1954
Kathy Kinney, 1954
Kate Capshaw, 1953
Dennis Miller, 1953
Roseanne, 1952
Steve Landesberg, 1945
Ken Berry, 1933
Michael Dukakis, 1933
Monica Vitti, 1933
Charles Bronson, 1921
Bob Feller, 1918
Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski, 1908
Edward Douglass White, 1845
William Cullen Bryant, 1794
Stephen Fuller Austin, 1793
Thomas Kyd, 1558

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Diff'rent Strokes"(TV), 1978
"Good Morning America"(TV), 1973
Play Misty for Me(Film, NYC release date), 1971
"The Unsinkable Molly Brown"(Musical), 1960
"A Connecticut Yankee"(Musical), 1927

Today in History:

Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Muslim caliph, is killed by a Persian slave in Medina, 644
Christopher Columbus first sights the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea, 1493
The English parliament accepts the Act of Supremacy, declaring Henry VIII to be the leader of the Church of England, 1534
Great Patent is granted to Plymouth Colony, 1620
A great panic occurs in Europe over the close approach of a comet, 1679
Spain acquires Louisiana, 1762
The Bank of Montreal, Canada's oldest chartered bank, opens in Montreal, Quebec, 1817
The Times of India, the world's most widely circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper, is founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, 1838
John W. Menard, of Louisiana, becomes the first African-American elected to Congress, 1868
"Black Bart the Poet", stagecoach robber, commits his last robbery, leaving behind a clue that leads to his capture, 1883
J.H. Hunter patents a portable weighing scale, 1896
Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market, 1911
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2. On board is the first animal to enter orbit, a dog named Laika, 1957
NASA launches Mariner 10 toward Mercury; it would later become the first probe to reach that planet, 1973
Dutch and British astronomers find spiral nebula Dwingeloo 1, 1994
Pervez Musharraf declares emergency rule across Pakistan, suspending the Constitution, 2007
US Border Patrol discovers a sophisticated tunnel used by drug smugglers from Tijuana, Mexico to Otay Mesa, California, 2010
UN Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon calls for global action on climate change after warning from scientists, 2014
New York's 104-storey One World Trade Center officially opens 13 years after the September 11 attacks, 2014


  1. Not many treaters here, thankfully.

  2. It sounds like a wonderful evening - for everyone.

  3. Your efforts in the decoration makes many kids and parents happy and enjoyed a wonderful evening. Great to see them all smiles.

  4. Envious of your wonderful Hallowee, but also thankful.

  5. I like the idea of setting up in the driveway. It's nothing they do around here but I experienced it when I spent a Halloween in Hawaii and I was quite taken with the concept. It really becomes so much more of a community thing that way, doesn't it?

  6. It sure sounds like everyone had a grand time!

  7. That is a great thankful list. I wish we got trick or treaters, I love seeing the costumes. I am glad so many families were together instead of just kids out on their own.

  8. This year, I came back in town the night before Halloween and trusted my husband to prepare. Ha! He did buy one bag of very good candy; however, we did not have our usual jack-o-lantern and decorations. It rained that night, which brought us one trick-or-treater. What is wrong with these parents? I would have totally held an umbrella for my kids! None-the-less, I had fun standing in the school hallway offering a piece of candy to kids who love candy but whose religious beliefs do not allow them to celebrate Halloween. They were excited to have it!

  9. I have lived in the country for the past 14 years and have had one trick-or-treater. Your thankfulness made me jealous.

  10. We hide from the kids anymore. They start before dark and go until after 10. It's too much for us anymore. People are literally bused in from other places. It's exhausting. I'm glad you still enjoy the fun. We did it for years.

    Have a fabulous weekend, my friend. ♥

  11. What a fun and thankful Halloween you had ~ delightful!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Sounds like you had a great Halloween. What a cool idea to set up outside! Glad to hear you bought the good stuff :) I mean, someone's got to eat the left overs, right? lol

  13. The kids in our neighborhood are grateful that Phyllis left work early that day.... there were lights showing on the driveway(we have a long driveway and its hard to see the house from the street)... she really enjoyed the holiday.

  14. The twins went trick or treating for the first time ever with one of their cousins and the little boy was so thrilled, his face was a picture. Nice that a scary tradition has been transformed into something welcoming and fun.

  15. It sounds like you had a wonderful Halloween! The trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood were delightful, too.

  16. It sounds like your entire neighborhood had a fun time dressing up and going trick or treating! We don't have trick or treating kids in our area.