Generally, this is one of my favorite holidays. Bill and I have dressed up in fun costumes and “trick or treated” to all of our friends houses. It gives us a chance to say “hi” to those we don’t see very often and they get a kick out of our good time. This year we are just tired and decided to stay home, build a nice fire and watch the World Series. In a way, I feel sad that we aren’t out and about; on the other hand, it feels good to be home in my comfy clothes.
I did prepare a Halloween Haiku…
witches, goblins, ghosts
things that go bump in the night
leaves cover the ground
I have been doing some quilting! Yeah, finally some quilt content. I have been working on the Halloween wallhanging for Wendy. Obviously, it won’t be ready this year but I think she will get it for Christmas. The top is completed and I started the quilting last night. Here’s a sneak peek…
My retirement has been interesting, to say the least. I have spent more than 40 hours a week since the first of the month working at the new Lowes. Consequently, I’m tired. Yesterday was the opening day so my schedule should slow down a little. I was off around noon the last couple of days and I like that. On another note, I have lost 4 or 5 pounds and I like that, too.
Speaking of retirement, I received a couple of very special gifts. First of all, my daughter contacted several friends and family members and organized purchases of Pandora charms. I was not aware of this jewelry but here is a link if you want to know more about it. She asked each participant to write a memory and purchase a charm of their choice. She made a card out of scrapbooking materials with each memory and attached the corresponding charm to the card. The four of us went out to dinner and she presented me the gift; all the cards were wrapped and in a little basket, the bracelet was in its box. Many of the cards made me cry as I remembered my friends and relived their memories. What a wonderful gift. Thank you, Wendy, for being the thoughtful, creative, loving daughter that you are.
Yesterday after work I was able to meet my best friend, Su for lunch. I haven’t seen much of her this past month either. We stayed for a couple of hours catching up and before we left she gave me a handmade basket to celebrate my retirement. (I keep telling her to stop giving my gifts.) This little basket was made by a Passamaquoddy Indian woman named Clara *** . It is signed on the bottom and dated ’98. This basket is one of a collection that belongs to Su and the fact that she has passed it on to me makes it an invaluable gift.
That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by…