We were able to celebrate both this year, which was nice. We went to my brother and sister-in-law's place for Thanksgiving, and had a lovely time. And we were able to hand out candy this year (we chose not to last year for COVID reasons, but we're all double vaxxed and we used tongs to give us some social distance room, so we were comfortable with it this year). It was the first Halloween Paxie was allowed to be wandering around, though we had a leash on him we could grab if he decided to head off with a kidling. Which he did, so we had to attach him to the front hall closet door, but he had the best time of his little life seeing everyone. For a Scottie, he's very sociable, which is doubly incredible because he is mainly a pandemic dog who hasn't met a lot of people. But he loves everyone he meets, even other dogs, and is a friendly boy. He was exhausted by the end of the night due to the sheer 11/10 enthusiasm he employed in handing out candy. He also got a lot of compliments and attention. My favourite one was a girl who was in this inflatable chicken costume (this one) and couldn't see very well, so was having her father guide her around, steadfastly refusing to unzip her head to see better. He said 'oh, hello puppy!' and the girl went 'PUPPY?!' and suddenly the chicken's chest unzipped and her face popped out to take a look at him. Proper priorities at work. We also have a pair of little folks across the street, and it was their first Halloween, and we were their first house, and the poor little girl got out of her stroller in her Belle costume to come up to the door, only to have a kid dressed like MarsMello walk up behind her and frighten her so badly they had to take her home again. Literally me as a child. I hated Halloween.
In other news, things are okay around here. Lots of small pointy stones who are having a hard time finding their way out. I'm having to wait six weeks since my last massage for the next one, and I'm feeling it. Fortunately, we're booked every three weeks after that. We found out Mum had a bad UTI, which was the source of a lot of her health woes this last little while and she's much better now after she's had her course of antibiotics. We were really worried about her, so it's nice to see her back on her feet.
I'm doing some cross stitching for Christmas presents this year, and it's been a long time since I did that, so it's fun to go back to. Etsy has some awesome patterns for very little money. We've made our way through the Muppets and now we're working on Golden Girls, which holds up very well for being over 30 years old. There's some dodgy jokes here and there, but even those are done in fairly good taste. There is also 'Call the Midwife' airing, and it's both British and Canadian Bake-Off Season, so we've had some good TVS around here, lately. Also, there was an amazing documentary on Helen Keller on PBS a couple of weeks ago and I highly recommend it if you have access to it, because it was so well done. They even had an in-vision ASL interpreter in the corner of the screen, and the narrator was deafblind, and I was super impressed by their inclusion and accessibility. Plus, Helen Keller was way cooler than I knew. What a badass.
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