Pat’s Bits & Pieces- Cooler weather – that means Halloween!

October 18, 2013

Pat Maurer, Review Correspondent

pat maurerWell, with the middle of October gone by now, it looks like our brief revisit of summer temperatures may be just about over with.  It has been a bit cooler this week and the forecast on this computer is calling for highs only in the 50s through Saturday and on Sunday, the 40s.

Guess it is time for the cozy gas burner here in the office to start being used on a regular basis again.

Color tours are still ongoing. Around here there are some beautiful trees, and still quite a few that are still green, but I am sure that won’t last much longer. Fall is coming to an end and I’ll just bet we see some snow flurries in the next month. There I did it!

I said the dreaded “s” word…

Guess I really should get busy and pack away the summer clothes and get out the winter wardrobe again. Oh, I have pulled out a few sweaters and such but most of the stuff hanging in the closet is tank tops and short sleeves.

I really hate that chore – cleaning closets and getting out winter clothes, coats and boots.

It always seems like the absolute end of the nice weather season. I have to admit these sweaters are more comfortable than those short sleeve shirts though.

Out here on the Tobacco, the leaves are mostly on the ground and very wet with tonight’s (Tuesday) rain coming down. We should rake but if this keeps up they might just stay there until spring!

November begins in less than two weeks now and Christmas is only a little over two months away.

Doesn’t seem possible, does it? Better start that shopping pretty soon.

The warm season is over and, unfortunately we didn’t get all of our summer chore list done this year. Nothing new about that actually.  We have nearly finished painting the outside of the house with only the trim to finish. Jack said that might have to wait for spring too.

With cooler weather nearly upon us, it might be time to start making that list of chores for the inside of the house. There’s plenty to do with carpeting to take out and new flooring to put down in the bedroom, trim to finish in the guest bedroom, a new shower needed in the little bathroom…the list goes on and on and we don’t seem to get a lot crossed off these days.

With everything going on at the office this time of year, I am going to be pretty busy on this computer for the next few weeks I think.

Halloween, the beginning of the holiday season, is a week from next Thursday and the granddaughters are excited about trick-or-treat time again. I told Alea that since she is a freshman in high school this year, she probably wouldn’t want to dress up and go trick or treating. She said, “Are you crazy grandma? All that free candy?” Guess she isn’t too old for costume fun after all.

I am hoping that the weather will cooperate for the little ghosts and goblins this year. With a little luck and some help from Mother Nature, maybe the weather will be mild this year.

There will be lots of costumes and fun at Lisa and Terry’s annual Halloween party the 26th. That’s one event these old folks won’t miss. Last year they had a haunted hayride and I can’t wait to see what they cook up for fun this year.

And, Clare’s annual Spooktacular is coming up too. The annual event will be held a week from tomorrow on Saturday, October 26 (weather permitting) in conjunction with the second annual Clare Pumpkin Run.

The Pumpkin Run will take place that morning, starting at the Pere Marquette Library, and continuing down the Rail Trail in the City of Clare and on the Rail Trail of Isabella County Parks.  The run will be an “out and back” run totaling a distance of 3.1 miles, or 5K.  The run will start at 9:00 am, with the walk beginning one minute after.  Registration for the Clare Pumpkin Run is going on now at

Spooktacular is being held from 10 am-12 pm, on Fourth Street.  Little “ghouls and boos” are invited for a day filled with hay rides, storytelling, clowns, balloons, face painting, free pumpkin painting for ages 12 and under, police, fire, and medical vehicles on display, a costume parade and more! The little goblins will be able to show off their best Halloween attire during the Kid’s Costume Parade at noon.

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