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A Herkimer Halloween

So there I was, trying to make a Halloween blog post about the RCIL Character Brunch I participated in last Saturday.  Suddenly it was trick or treating time!  I do not trick or treat myself (insert joke of your choice about my turning tricks and/or not being much of a treat myself), but Steven and I love to sit out on the porch and hand out candy.

I brought my Tablet out onto the porch, thinking I could work on my post between kids.  They do tend to come in spurts, or waves as the evening progresses.  I got a sentence or two typed in.  Then I wanted to take pictures document the evening.

I love a grey sky, especially on Halloween.

This is the view from our front porch.  Rain and high winds were in the forecast, but it did not rain heavily, except for a couple of spurts, and the wind was not bad when we were outside.  I shared this picture to Facebook and to Jill Reale’s page.  Local readers know she is the WKTV meteorologist, and she shows viewers’ weather photos.  She shared one I took on dark clouds moving in once.

 

I think this is it.

Steven wanted to hear our Halloween CD, so I brought our portable CD player out on the porch.  Of course I had not thought ahead and gotten batteries, but an extension cord worked just as well, especially since it was the warmest Oct. 31 in recent memory.  I solidified my crazy old lady credentials by dancing to most of the tunes.

We had a good number of trick or treaters. We ran out of candy, but I had some Halloween pencils, and I found some Groucho Marx glasses we had purchased for a long ago murder mystery. When offered a choice, some kids picked the glasses.  I hope they were not disappointed when they got home and looked closely at them.

He looked cheerful enough.

The only other picture I took was of the skeleton hanging on our porch.  Later in the evening, when the wind started to pick up, he looked like he was dancing to the music.  I thought about trying to get a video of it but figured he would stop or the music would change before I got the Tablet set up properly.

So another Halloween is in the books.  It was fun, although a little wet.  On to November!  Of course, I still have a few Halloween movies to watch…

 

I Hope Nobody Comes Along and Drops a House on Me

Our area is under a severe thunderstorm warning.  Naturally Steven and I went out to sit on the deck till it got here.  We each took a glass of wine, and I brought my Tablet, to take a picture or two for blogging purposes.

I’m not sure the Tablet captures the color and light.

This is the view over our back fence.  One of my favorite skies is a dark one hit by sunshine.  This was not as dramatic as some I have seen, but I believe in appreciating what I see.  We sat down, sipped our wine and chatted.  Eventually I took another picture.

What do you see in the clouds?

This is to my left.  I think some of the clouds may be the same as in the other shot, but it is hard to say.  I decided to walk put front and see what the clouds looked like there.

“It’s probably not as dark,” I predicted.  I was correct.  However, as I got ready to take a picture of the blue sky and white clouds, I saw that darker ones were moving in.  I tried to capture both.

Pretty ominous!

When I showed that one to Steven, he said I should send it to Jill Reale.  For non-local readers (and local readers who don’t happen to know), Jill Reale is the meteorologist on WKTV morning news.  She shares weather photos that readers send to her via social media.  How proud I would be to be featured!  So I posted it on her Facebook page.

I sat back down.  Soon we picked up our wine glasses, because the wind had picked up.

“I should make a video of this,” I said, watching tree branches whip back and forth.  I don’t know that I am technologically advanced enough for video.

In any case, it soon started to rain, so we came inside, and I made this blog post.  I wonder if I can come up with a headline striking enough to constitute a Non-Sequitur Thursday post.

 

Short on Substance, Long on Santa

Can’t see much, can you?

This is not a current picture of my front porch, although said porch is lit up as I type.  This is a picture from last year.  I’ll try to get out and take a picture sometime this week, so we can compare/contrast.  I’m afraid today is Tired Tuesday, or as I sometimes call it Itsonlyfreakin Tuesday (only I don’t always say “freak”).  It is not so bad to be back at work, but I think the amount of dust in the air is what is making my sinuses to miserable.  Sorry, I didn’t mean to make it Whiny Baby Tuesday.

I was quite happy to find out that my lovely husband Steven had gotten our front porch decorated.  According to WKTV’s Jill Reale, today was the operative day to do so.  Steven said it was still quite cold when he was working on it, but he did not want to put it off till later.  At least it wasn’t raining.  My bunions say it may rain tomorrow.   They are at least as accurate as your average meteorologist.

This is the merest fraction of our Santa Claus collection.

Inside our house is not decorated yet, but I reach into my Media Library to give you a preview of coming attractions.  We like Santa Claus.

Isn’t he fine?

And here is a close up of our best Santa, a present from my Mom, who found him at a second-hand store.  How I love a vintage Santa!

So this post is short on substance but long on Santa — ooh, what a good title!   For all I keep promising better blog posts, the slump continues.  I actually tried to write something today, but it just would not come off my pen.  I hope my kindly readers will forgive me. At least the pictures are fun.  Happy Tuesday, everyone.