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