Saturday, October 31, 2009



This is the first Halloween in several years that I have stayed home, put some decorations out to announce we were a candy-friendly home, and bought candy for trick-or-treaters. (I hope I don't end up with too much leftover candy that none of us needs to eat.)

Our neighborhood used to be packed with kids and we would have lots of costumed children knocking on our door. When my children were small they enjoyed walking all around our streets with lots of other children. There were decorated homes, people sitting outside to hand out candy. It was always so much fun to see them all dressed up and to pass candy out ourselves. Over the years fewer and fewer young ones have been around to enjoy the fun and give us the pleasure of experiencing Halloween again.

Last year hubby and I were on a Halloween cruise on the Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. That was a fabulous cruise and a wonderful time. We skipped cruising this year, but are booked for another Halloween cruise next year on their new and even more spectacular cruise ship, the Oasis. Our 2010 will include the San Antonio Alcoholics Anonymous International Convention AND the cruise. Fun! Fun! Fun!

Daughter and I are here watching scary movies. It has been two hours since the first trick-or-treater came to the door and there have been two families with a total of five children so far. :(
I'm afraid that is all we will see this year.

I am happy that I have been able to keep my focus off my daughter's problems and what she is or isn't doing about them and staying inside my own hula hoop. Thank God for Al-Anon. I'm trying to take care of myself, stay connected to my God, and remain as peaceful and serene as I can - one day, one moment at a time.

Dog Lucky and cat Bert are still working out their relationship. It's funny to watch a frisky two year old doggy trying to cavort with a 14 year old kitty who seems interested in being friends, but not in the enthusiastic way dog wants. I know for a fact that if kitty had her front claws the game would have been over after the first round. As it is, he hisses, growls, and strikes out with his declawed paws. Dog swipes back with his paw without hurting kitty.

Well, I'll be darned, a whole crowd just showed up at our door - probably 15 children from very, very young to maybe 10 years old. Hurray - I was able to get rid of some more candy. Oh happy day!!!

I am grateful for the women's Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that daughter and I attended at noon today. It was an anniversary meeting and two women I know received medallions, one for 12 years and the other for 24. What a miracle sobriety is. My sobriety allows me to be 'in the moment' today and I am so happy for it. I was able to go to mass this afternoon and I was filled with the love of God as I participated fully in the service.

Tomorrow morning is my Al-Anon home group meeting. It is ALWAYS wonderful. Thank you God for giving me two beautiful programs that have given me a life beyond anything I might have imagined for myself.

God bless you bloggers,
Prayer Girl

(Photo credits: Midnight Pumpkin by Evy Johansen and Fairy Sisters by Jennifer Alder)


Madison said...

What a wonderful life. We had no knocks on the door this year. There was lots of news about swine flu germs being on candy wrappers. I think that kept kids home.

DreamDancer said...

Ahhhh, sounds peaceful and serene. Since we live in the country, we didn't have any little visitors tonight. But I still hold dear the memories of my children when they were once little goblins and witches. Blessings to you.

Just Be Real said...

Have not had visitors in ages around this time. No children in the building. Blessings to you dear one. Thank you for posting!!!

Tall Kay said...

I always buy candy that I like...just in case there is leftovers! A cruise sounds wonderful! Let's all go next year :o)

Steve E. said...

Am I the only one who was right there along at least a thousand people, children, friends, and hosts?

Well, it is all good, clean fun...Falling asleep--more tomorrow, perhaps!

Lou said...

I posted also about the lack of kids. I live in politically correct land, they don't even call it Halloween anymore. It's called Harvestfest. Whatever!

I've been thinking of you and your daughter. Thankfully I have the tools of AlAnon, because I'll be tested with minding my own business in about a month.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

We were at AA events all day and evening which was fun.

I don't think many kids would have trick or treated along the VERY busy road that we live on, they're more likely to stay in the neighborhoods off the main drag.

I love halloween, but this year I didn't really do anything to participate in the holiday.

Shadow said...

that's some happiness i detect in your writing... and did you get to keep some candy for yourself i hope?

Pete Hoge said...

I like the spirit that
comes through your writing.


enchantedoak said...

We went through 14 bags of candy last night for trick or treaters. I don't like to answer the door, but my husband's good at that, so I just sit with the dogs and keep them quiet. I've been seeing your comments on other blogs and thought I'd pop in and visit. I love your sobriety, and the blogging network of recovery I've found since entering the sphere two months ago.

Dulce said...

Oh I'd love to have some visitors and live Halloween as you do!

Colleen said...

What a beautiful post. Writing about your gratitude makes me look at my own gratitude list! As for Halloween, no children where I live. Very quiet. God bless.

sarah said...

You are so full of gratitude PG. I smile everytime I come here. Glad you got rid of some of that candy. Although we gave tons of it out, my girls brought triple of it more back home. Yikes. Cupboards are full of CANDY. :} Sarah

Syd said...

Sadly, we live too far out in the country with a long dirt trickers this Halloween.