End of Fall bits…

November 4, 2019

Pat Maurer

Well the summer clothes are almost all packed away and the winter clothes are in the closet.

Now it will probably warm up again…

I really hate that chore – cleaning closets and getting out winter clothes, coats and boots. In fact I haven’t got the boots out yet, but may have to by this weekend I hear.

The first of November always seems like the absolute end of the nice weather season. I have to admit these sweaters and sweatshirts I’m wearing now are more comfortable than those short sleeve shirts though.

Out here on the Tobacco, the leaves are mostly on the ground and very, very wet with all of the rain we have been getting lately. We really should rake, but I am pretty sure they are going to stay there at least until spring. Once again the river is up and muddy brown, but it is still inside the banks…

Do you know if this had been snow, we would be buried by now? Now consider this: the weatherman is predicting one to three inches Thursday. I hope he’s wrong.

At least it has been a pretty fall so far and there are still some beautiful trees to see in places, although they won’t last long if it keeps raining and we get the cold snowy weather that has been predicted.

November begins today and Christmas is now less than two months away.

Doesn’t seem possible, does it? Better start that shopping pretty soon. As usual I haven’t even begun to think about that. Well… actually I have started, thinking about it anyway.

Bow season is underway and gun deer season is only a couple of weeks away.

The warm season is over and, unfortunately we didn’t get all of our summer chore list done this year. But at least we’ve done better than most years, since the dreaded garage sale is over and we are slowly, but surely getting things cleaned out and organized for a move next spring.

Halloween is tomorrow and will be over again by the time this paper hits the newsstands Friday.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the weatherman was wrong and it turns out to be a mild evening for the youngsters?

I think Halloween was just about my favorite holiday when the kids were growing up. We always decorated – made scarecrows and carved pumpkins to hold lighted candles. Some years I made popcorn balls to pass out. Those were in the days before you had to check every thing the kids collected for safety.

I usually made their costumes, and wasn’t above dressing up myself while we wandered around our little town collecting goodies.

We lived in town and sometimes passed out goodies to 150 or 200 youngsters. Everybody, adults included, got into the act and dressed up back then. I remember following a 6 foot gorilla around one year…

Jack would stay home to pass out candy, or my mom would, if she was visiting. My mom, with her hair (it reached her knees) down and a cape and witch hat, had just as much fun as we did.

Meantime I got to wander the streets and “trick” a few of our friends in the process. When the kids got older and didn’t want Mom following them around, I’d stay home – still dressed up, usually as a witch or ghoul, and pass out the goodies to the youngsters brave enough to ring the doorbell. An old white wig, and sheet, white face makeup and a few blacked out teeth usually completed an ensemble. Sometimes I would dress all in black, don a witch’s hat and add a bit of green face makeup. We had a whole box full of costumes to choose from, in all sizes, and all made with old clothes from the attic and cast-offs. I don’t remember buying costumes, although we probably did from time to time.

If I had the home duty, I would, dressed up of course, sit outside and wait for a few unsuspecting trick or treaters to start up the walk. If I was perfectly still they would think I was just a prop – until I jumped up and dashed inside that is.

It was always a great holiday. I hope this one was just as much fun for the younger set.

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