Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloweeny



No Halloween for me this year.  Bah humbug.

Seriously, I just can't get into it this year.  Here we go on the roller coaster of holidays.  

Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas then . . . . the two coldest and dreariest months of the year, January and February.  

I don't know why I'm feeling this way.  Maybe it's because I feel I'm being rushed into "the holidays."  I used to love Halloween.  Maybe if I was invited to a party of two I would feel different.  Maybe not.  I don't travel at night anyway.  To tell you the truth, I would rather watch a few episodes of "The Good Wife" at the Tipton Cinema than venture out onto Route One and take my chances of having one of those aggressive drivers running into me.  Maybe I'm just getting old.

Every day Bill and I go out for a ride, maybe two.  Today we went to Milton and the Veggie Stand That Has No Name.  I love fresh vegetables.  I brought a pumpkin (naturally), green and red pepper, red potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini squash and an onion.  Today is probably the last time I'll be able to get fresh veggies this year.  Then it's off to Food Lion and the two week old shipped across the country tasteless veggies.

I seem to be in a mood today.  Don't know why.  Maybe it's because of the onslaught of shorter days.  It's 6:44 PM now and DARK outside. Each day gets a little shorter, that's always depressing.  

SAD: Seasonal Affectional Disorder

Man oh man, I have to do a more upbeat blog tomorrow.  



21 comments:

  1. I understand and empathize, Ron. Past 30 years I've celebrated Halloween by locking the front gate and covering the car windows with an old quilt. It's just not the same holiday we grew up with. Sometimes I'll post a scary story on my blog but that's the extent of my involvement.

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    1. Geo.,
      We turn off the lights here on Halloween Eve. I never thought I would be one of those old grumpy neighbors but the whole holiday scene had just become way too commercialized. All the fun has been taken out of it.

      Ron

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  2. Ron,

    Is that the cast of "The View" at the top of your Blog? Yes, holidays bearing down. The year is in overdrive.

    Lar

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    1. No Lar, actually that new picture at the top oft blog is the cast of "Fox and Friends". Doesn't Gretchen Carlson look lovely?
      Ron

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  3. :-)
    We have been scaling down Halloween and making it more friendly - our pumpkins smile. When the resident kids and tribe members were younger we did a whole graveyard, a kid in a coffin, a life sized guillotine with 'victim'. Now we have a haunted gnome garden.

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    1. The dog's mother,
      I wish I coukd get in the mood this year but the feeling just isn't there. I think it had something to do with seeing Christmad decorations up in August.

      Ron

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  4. Fall has its charms and even though I do get affected by the shorter days, longer nights, I know that it will only last for 3 months. Like you, I cannot get in the mood this Halloween season. Maybe it is because, as you posted a photo on Facebook, Christmas decorations are already out in most stores and have been for a while. Does it mean that before Christmas is over, Valentine day's cards and hearts will be out? Holidays don't seem to be the same anymore.

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    1. Nadege,
      Fall does indeed have it's charms. Today was a particularly beautiful fall day. I'm like Pat (more we have in common yet!), I like to enjoy the holidays in a more "casual way." Not so much involved at this time in my life. By the way, Pat and I will be in Hollywood January 7 through the 17th. This should be fun!
      Ron

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    2. I should be in town at the beginning of January! I am looking forward meeting you both!

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    3. Same here Nadege!

      Ron

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  5. Nadege,
    I think that's what did it for me, seeing Christmas decorations up in August. Seriously, that just killed any feeling I had for "The Holidays". I'll send out Christmad cards like I usually do because that's my thing but the rest? I'll just cruise through them like they didn't exist. The marketers went too far this year.
    Ron

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  6. I'm with you, Ron. Halloween just doesn't do it for me. Thankfully, it's not been a successful "holiday" in France. November first, All Saints Day, is a biggie here, but it just means a day off for workers and a 2 week school vacation (which started yesterday). No trick-or-treating. And that's what I'm thankful for. :)

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    1. Walt,
      I loved trick or treating whenI was a kid. First couple years here I opened the house to trick or treating which was fun. I even had the background spooky music. But sad to say, I'm just not into that anymore. I think I'm entering into curmudgeon land.
      Ron

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  7. Changing seasons, one nice thing is my view opens up and my bedroom gets more light during the hours that the sun is up. I find it very difficult to leave for the office in the dark and come home in the dark. I find that I spend less time in the office in December and January to avoid coming and going in the night.

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    1. David,
      My bedroom is situated as such that I get maximum light and solar energy during the very coldest days of the year. I planned it that way. Our two previous homes, my bedroom always seem to miss out on the light. I made sure that didn't happen at this home, especially during the short, dark cold days of winter. And I love the passive solar heat.
      Ron

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  8. As the Firesign Theatre says: "Why, you're no fun; you fall right over!"
    I use Halloween to combat my seasonal affective disorder. I think I can skip Thanksgiving though. I don't need the calories and there is only the two of us anyway.

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      If I had somewhere to go on Halloween, I would go and enjoy. But alas, I have nowhere to go. Thanksgiving? I don't need the calories either but I do enjoy a good turkey dinner with all the fix ins.
      Ron

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  9. Ron - I enjoyed Halloween when I was a kid. Going out with other kids for trick or treat. It wasn't the holiday then as it is now. It really competes with Christmas. And there in the States Thanksgiving is huge. So I can see how one might shy away from it all. A friend of mine would always hold a halloween costume party with gifts to the scariest, most inventive etc. All types of treats and a band too. I would go and it was fun - but still something I wasn't totally into. I really always thought halloween and Christmas are for kids. And Christmas now is getting together with my brother's family. Some of the magic has disappeared. But I do still enjoy both in a kind of casual way.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      I agree with you, I still enjoy the holidays but in a more casual way. Instead of being involved, I look at them from a distance. I just can't get caught up in all the craziness of the Christmas shopping and feasting on Thanksgiving. Maybe if I was invited to a Halloween party I would go, but poor me is never invited to any parties. They don't know what they're missing.
      Ron

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  10. Anonymous8:36 PM

    Profound, Ron. Very thought provoking. Even at 56, I contemplate death sometimes. Interesting perspective.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Thanks Jay. My mind is always working.
      Ron

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