This past weekend was kind of a busy one wasn't it? It was the last day of October and the first day of November. There was that damned time change (grump grump grump) and of course, Halloween, such as it was. That's a lot for just two little days to handle!
The change over from one month to another is pretty easy. It only requires me flipping a page on my desk calendar and remembering that it's a different month anytime I am required to write (or type) the date. 11 instead of 10. So that part is pretty simple.
The time change humph. Well that's something else again. Of course the physical changing of clocks is much easier than it used to be. The computers and our phones change automatically. But the ones in our cars, the microwave and the stove have to be changed manually. Tim does that because if he doesn't, I won't. I just leave it as is and mentally add or substract an hour (whichever way it needs to be) once a year. Yeah, I know, lazy. Actually the clock in the car I drive doesn't even work anymore so that one doesn't need to be changed again ever! Yay!
I admit it's great to have that extra hour of theoretical sleep every fall. And of course it's kind of nice to wake up to sunshine once again instead of darkness. But wow, it is so much darker so much earlier at the end of the day now and that part I am not thrilled about. Nor am I a fan of the hunger confusion in my tummy. My belly growls at me and says, "Hey lady, how about some food down here! It's dinner time!" and I say, "sorry the time changed and you have to wait". An argument ensues. It's not pretty.
Honestly I just don't see the point. Why are we artificially changing time ? Can someone explain this to me? I cannot possibly be the only person who hates this. Why are we still doing this? Oh well, whatever. I'm sure in a few months I will have adapted. (mutter mutter mutter.)
And then there was Halloween. Sigh. I was pleased to see that some folks still bothered to decorate for the holiday. I took a few photos around town, some in the daylight some at night to show you:
And at first I was thinking, "Halloween is going to be kind of weird this year". Yes, most costumes require masks, but the wrong kind. And the whole social distancing thing certainly doesn't lend itself to gatherings of any sort. So I was pretty sure there would be no parties, no parades and probably no little dressed up kids going door to door in their adorable costumes singing out Trick or Treat! Weird for sure.
And then I realized that Halloween is supposed to be weird. If there was one word to sum up the intent of Halloween, 'Weird' would probably be it. It'll just be a different sort of weird. So ok. I suppose weird is the word. And I was correct. No parties, no parades and no Trick-or-treaters at all. I set up a display with a big "help yourself" sign and a bowl of candy but nobody came by. I expected it but it was still disappointing.
So the weirdest Halloween on record has come and gone. It's a new day of a new week of a new month and now Thanksgiving and Christmas are on the horizon. I think I will put up the Christmas Tree early this year. Why not. It's been such a strange year that normal has gone right out the window. At least an early Christmas tree will make me smile :)
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.