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Pat’s Bits & Pieces- October is winding down

Pat Maurer, Review Correspondent

pat maurerHere it is October 25 already and another year is winding down.
I’m not really sure where September went. After all, wasn’t it just August?
Christmas is now exactly two months away…Isn’t that unbelievable? Shortly after that we welcome in another year – 2014!
The nights keep getting cooler and we have been watching for that first frost. It was cold enough Monday night, but I didn’t notice any white on the grass Tuesday morning although it was in the low 30s. Most of the leaves around here are on the ground, although on my drives around the area this week I noticed some pretty nice color yet.
Speaking of cold weather, Jack tells me to expect even more of the same. We have the fireplace going again at least part of every day, and “some” of my flowers outside have already bit the dust although the potted ones are now safely housed on the porch.
We used to haul all of the houseplants outside in the spring and back in before the first hard frost in the fall.
We don’t do that anymore. Moving those things every spring and fall may be good for them – they thrive outside – but it’s not too good on Jack’s poor back. Some of them I have had for years and they are huge! And, when we bring them in again, I always wonder how I have managed to collect so many and where in the world I will put them inside…
It’s hard to get rid of any of them though. I’m notorious for killing plants and these have managed to survive even my haphazard care and poor watering habits. One was a gift from my secretary Anna when I was editor of the Homer Index more than thirty years ago. It has had a place here longer than any of my kids did. Another was a plant from my Mom’s 1994 funeral from Al and Ruthie. I can’t replace that one. I also have a couple of spider plants that have been around since we bought this place in 1985 (although one of those is looking pretty sad) and two huge jade plants that were a gift from Ed when White’s nursery closed. They weren’t very big when I got them, but you almost need a handcart to move them now.
They are almost like my kids. I’m not sure I raised them right, but they are still “hanging in there.”
Halloween is next Thursday right after that we are facing another (off year) election day, but only Clare City has anything on the ballot.
Tomorrow October 26, is the big Spooktacular in Clare. You can check out what is happening on the Clare Chamber of Commerce website. They are even having a “Pumpkin Run,” along with a costume parade, hay rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, emergency vehicles on display and of course clowns, balloons and storytelling – fun for kids and grownup alike.
MMCC will have their annual “Haunted Trail” this Saturday and again on Halloween too. Times are from 8 to 10 p.m.
The Clare Assembly of God on Colonville Road will sponsor “Trunk or Treats” plus other festivities Saturday evening. It all begins at 6 p.m.
The first ever Zombie Takeover event will be held on Halloween beginning at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the modest registration fee or canned goods entry fee for the kids will be donated to local food banks and animal rescues.
Clare County Parks and Recreation is holding their annual “Fall Fun Frenzy” Halloween Party on the 31st at the Hillside Elementary in Harrison.
And of course Next Thursday, October 31, it is “Trick or Treat” time in the Clare County Communities. Clare’s hours are from 6 to 8 p.m.; Both Farwell Harrison youngsters will trick or treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

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