Monday, October 31, 2005
Back in the Day!

Today is Halloween! I always enjoyed giving out candy and checking out all the little ghosts and goblins that came to my door for a treat (I always treated because I didn't want to get tricked!). I would sit in the doorway and wait for them all to come up to me with their bags, buckets, or plastic pumkins held out. As I would put the treat into their containers, they would inevitably peer down into the vessel to see what new treasure they had received. Then they would look up at me and smile and most would say 'Thank You' and turn around to run to the next house yelling "TRICK OR TREAT", with their parent(s) in tow.

"So", you ask, "why are you using the past tense when speaking of those days?" Well here is the reason. When I lived in Baton Rouge, I was in a subdivision that housed lots and lots of kids. It was great, and I loved the giving of candy on Halloween night. Then I moved to Walker where I have lived for the past 16 years, 16 Halloweens and NO kids have ever come to my door. I figured out after the first two years of living there and buying candy that I ended up eating (always get candy you like to eat), that we were too far out and the houses are just not close enough together to warrant kids running from house to house.

The ones who do live around there are taken, by their parents, to large subdivisions in the area instead. Tonight on my way home from work, I observed LOTS of traffic on the road with car loads of small masked faces being shuttled from one area to another that had lots of houses. There is a subdivision near Watson that has probably 500 or more houses. The cars carrying those ghosts and goblins were literally lined up to get into that subdivision causing a severe traffic nightmare. It reminded me of the lines at the department stores at Christmas, just crowds of people. But there was a twinge of envy in me when I thought about what I was missing, giving out treats to all those kids and trying to guess who or what they were supposed to be.

I miss them, the little tiny faces telling me what their costume was in case I didn't know. I would always act scared if they were Dracula or Frankenstein or a ghost or some sort of monster. But, even though I also like where I live now, I would love to see them again. I guess Wal-Mart will just have to survive without my Halloween business, since I haven't even thought about buying treats in 14 years now.

And Renee, you thought I didn't like kids! LOL
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Family Day!

It was a very nice day today. The weather couldn't have been any better. Perfect temperature, cloudless blue skies. I wish every day could be this pretty. Maybe more of us would get outside and do more physical things. Unlike what I do and that is stay inside a lot and watch TV because either it's too hot, or too cold, or raining. The weather this whole month has been really great!

Tom and I had all the kids (except Ashley who had car trouble and couldn't get here) over today as well as my Mom. We ate a brisket I cooked and Heather made her famous oven potatoes and Deirdre cooked Brocolli casserole. Deirdre also brought cake and icecream and everything was so good. It was sort of a birthday celebration for my Mom, who's birthday is November 1st and Deirdre, who's birthday was on October 23rd. Mom will be 71 and Deirdre was 28.

Here is a picture of Deirdre at Christmas. She is fun to be around. I don't get to spend as much time with her as we used to and I miss her.

My sister-n-law, Tammy told me how to cook a brisket like she does hers. I did it and it was great. Very tender, and juicy. I just seasoned it with a lot of garlic and onion powder, season-all, Tony chacheries, etc. and wrapped it in foil. Then I put it in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Then I turned the oven down to 275 degrees and let it stay in there for about 3 hours. You don't open the foil untill you think it's done, then check it only once. It's wonderful to be able to stick something in the oven and forget about it for several hours. Tammy if you read this, you will know how the brisket came out. Thanks for the directions.

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Nothing much going on today!
It's Saturday afternoon and it's been a lazy day. The man finally came back to finish the installation of my formica (he had damaged it when he was originally putting it in). I had to write a letter threatening to sue him before he finally decided he better replace it. He is still in there working and I am waiting to see it.

Tom and I are supposed to go to Wally World tonight to pick up some groceries. We will probably go out and eat first. That is one thing I really enjoy doing.....eating out. There is a new restaurant around LSU that I like. It's for the college crowd....called Pluckers. They have very tender grilled chicken. The music is too loud and not my kind of genre, but the food's good.

Anyway, all the kids and my Mom are coming over tomorrow. I am cooking a brisket and each of the kids are bringing a dish. It'll be nice to get everyone together again. It's been a very long time since we've done that.

Have a great evening.
Friday, October 28, 2005
It's here! FRIDAY!
It's a nice fall day outside and it's FRIDAY! My favorite day of the week. I have sort of been in a slump for a while, but I am feeling better this morning. I am looking forward to the weekend.

Tom is finally off for the weekend after working for 26 days straight 12-14 hours a day without a break. And I complain about going to work 4 1/2 days a week, imagine that! I admire Tom for what he does and how he is so committed. He gets up everyday at 4:00 or 4:30 am to get at it. I just can't do that.

Well, I get off at 11:00 today (I only work 1/2 day on Friday) and I am going to take a friend to lunch for her birthday, run errands and then spend time with Tom since we haven't been able to spend time together lately. I miss him and I think he misses me too. Maybe we will watch a movie tonight together.

I am having trouble uploading an image to this site for today. I will have to call Frogola to see if she can do it or if it's just me. I am still learning how to do stuff here, so please bear with me.
Have a great day everyone!
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Blue Thursday!

Well, as usual, I am wishing my life away by wanting it to be Friday already when it is just Thursday. I have gotten to the point in my life that I just HATE getting up to go to work. I just want to be a housewife for the first time in my life. I have worked since I was 15 years old and I am just tired. There are so many other things I would rather do. I am sure you have seen the bumper sticker that says "I'd rather be fishing!". Well, that is just about the way I feel. I wouldn't mind being at the beach or swimming with the dolphins. They are always smiling. I just makes you feel good to watch them. Oh well, another day another dollar, I suppose.

I have a co-worker who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She just called in to say she wouldn't be here today. She has been so very sick and she tries so hard to come to work anyway. She says she feels so guilty when she can't make it in. I tell her to take care of herself and not to worry about this place. Then I feel guilty because here she is so sick and trying to come in and I just don't want to be here sometimes and I stay home. I don't feel guilty where work is concerned, but rather where my co-worker is concerned. I guess we should all just be grateful to have a job to come to, but I am not all that grateful. As I said earlier, I am just ready to not have to work. I think I just have the blues!
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
A beautiful day in the neighborhood!

I just love this weather. It is cool and crisp with blue blue skies. I would rather be at home though, on my sofa with my blanket and pillow, reading or watching TV. Only 9 1/2 months more to work before retirement! Next year this time, I will be doing what I want to do, which is spending time with my Mom, crafting, photography (here's one photo I took of the white pelicans) traveling, MAYBE playing with a new grandbaby (I hope so), or just piddling around the house. Whatever it is, I will be enjoying it. Who knows, I may even get into gardening, probably not, but I can dream, can't I?
Monday, October 24, 2005
A Nice Weekend!

I had a very nice weekend. Traveled to my sister, Susan's house in Loxley, Alabama. Sat with my grandmother (she's 91) on Friday night and Saturday during the day while Susan went to work. When she got back, Heather, my daughter, and Allen, Heather's husband, and I traveled south to the beach at Gulf Shores. We walked around there for a little while and then, of course, went to the souvenier store. Why do we do that when we already KNOW what's in there? Beats me!

I am just getting started here, trying to figure out all this blog junk. Not sure if I really want to keep a blog or not. We will see.