“November always seems to me the Norway of the year.”

A cacophony is the only way to describe this morning. My housecleaner is here, and she is vacuuming upstairs. Nala is barking at the vacuum, and Henry is barking at my cleaning lady. She is unruffled. In my yard, branches are being piled, the back fence is getting fixed, the deck has been cleaned, the front fence is upright again, and the lawn has been cleaned of debris and leaves. I heard the blowers, the saws and the trucks. Henry barked, no surprise there. I got a headache, no surprise there either.

Today is lovely with lots of sun and a blue sky. It is 59˚ but the high will be over 60˚. This is a perfect fall day on Cape Cod.

My dance card is empty today. I haven’t any errands or chores, except the laundry, but I still have clean clothes so the laundry can wait. I did throw the filled pillow case down the cellar stairs in hopes of out of sight, out of mind. My yard is finished, and the dogs have been out running and attacking each other. The front yard is cleared of leaves and debris. I can see the driveway and deck now. I’m happy.

Last night I had more kids trick or treating at my house then I’ve ever had. Almost all the M&Ms are gone. The Hershey bars weren’t touched except I did treat myself to another bar last night. I’m thinking of putting the M&Ms in my little library. I have to go out to the library anyway to tighten the latch, take books away and add books so I might as well offer the M&Ms. A cozy corner, a good book and M&Ms seems like a great way to while away the afternoon.

On Halloween night, my mother used to give each of us a large bowl for our candy. We’d sit on the living room floor and pick over the pile. We’d take out any we didn’t want, especially the candy corn, and toss that pile away. We’d trade bars. We’d eat candy during the proceedings. At the end of the night, when I went upstairs to bed, I’d carry my heavy bowl and put it under my bed, an easily accessible spot for nighttime chocolate.

The last Halloween treat was we always had the next day off from school, All Saint’s Day. We did have to go to mass which put a crimp in the day, but I hid candy in my pockets and sat in the back so I could munch during mass, probably some sort of a sin unidentified in my catechism.

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9 Comments on ““November always seems to me the Norway of the year.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    This morning is filled with surprises. My wife called me frantically that the refrigerator stopped working. When I got home she was removing all the food to put into our older, auxiliary refrigerator in the garage. All the circuit breakers are in place but the outlet behind the refrigerator is dead. I plugged in the electric can opener and it was dead plugged into the outlet behind the refrigerator. Currently, we have the refrigerator running via an extension cord into the former dining room, now remade into an exercise room. I am awaiting an electrician to return my call. I rarely go into the exercise room because I believe that the deity gives you a certain number of heart beats at birth and I don’t want to waste any of them exercising. 🙂

    Today should be a repeat of yesterday’s weather with clouds increasing during the evening with a slight chance for rain. Rain and cooler temperatures are forecast for the next few days.

    We had very few kids last night at the door for Halloween. It was a good and quiet night. The Cowboys beat the Vikings with there backup quarterback. I can’t remember his name but he has a full red beard and it was his first ever NFL start. Dark Prescott is recuperating from a pulled calf muscle. Also, the World Series will go back to Houston after the Astros bats woke up last night. I was rooting for Atlanta until I couldn’t take hearing their fans giving the tomahawk chop over and over again. It’s demeaning to Native Americans and the team ownership and the commissioner of baseball don’t care. Go Astros!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I know exactly what you are going through. My bedroom light and Alexa stopped working. I thought it was the circuit breaker, but I couldn’t find the right one so I used an extension cord plugged into the bathroom outlet. Last week I was sleeping when the bedlam lit and I woke up. A box had fallen on the power cord where everything had been plugged. It must have moved something as it caused everything to work. That was my surprise. I’m glad you didn’t need a new fridge.

      It stayed warm most of the day. Parts of the state will have its first frost tonight but not here on the cape.

      My night went quiet by about 7 or 7:30. I turned off the outside light. The rest of the night I watched movies and checked into the series periodically. I agree about the tomahawk chop. Idiot Trump and his wife were part of the chopping crowd. Of course they were!!

      • Bob Says:

        When they announced that Trump wanted to attend the game Saturday night, the commentator said that the last World Series game he attended was in 2018 in DC. He was booed then. I’m sure he got a standing ovation in Georgia.

        The Braves used to play in a downtown ballpark. This new one is out in Cobb county. Atlanta is a minority majority city and moving to the burbs will attract more white fans.

      • katry Says:

        Trump fit right in with the bigoted fans who probably think the chop is nothing. Like you, I’m sure the crowd loved him.

        Fenway is smack dab in the city. Gillette, where the Patriots play, is not even close to Boston. There were objections but because Kraft didn’t want state money to build, the complaints died away.

  2. Christer. Says:

    WE changed back to normal time yesterday so now it’s darl both when I leave in the morning and when I come back in the afternoon, so I have no idea what kind of weather we’ve had 🙂 :-)No trick or treaters here even though we now have kids in the village. Well even if they had been going around in the village Albin’s stops all people outside the gate anyway 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • Bob Says:

      I think you mean standard time as opposed to daylight savings time. We switch here in the U.S. at 2 AM Sunday morning. The entire state of Arizona and a few counties in Indiana remain on standard time all year long. One thing you don’t need in Arizona is more sunshine. I’ve been in Phoenix in August and temperatures of 120°F or 48.9°C occurs regularly. Did you enjoy your extra hour of sleep?

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Fall means the end of daylight savings. I always remember fall back and spring ahead when it comes to changing the clocks. Many states want a permanent daylight savings time as do businesses.

      Henry barked so much he scared a couple of little kids. I had to block him from the door. Nala wanted to greet every kid. After I put Henry outside, he actually came in the dog door. He didn’t today!!


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