October – the month of Halloween

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, -oʊˈiːn, ˌhɑːl-/; a contraction of “All HallowsEvening“),[6] also known as Allhalloween,[7] All Hallows’ Eve,[8] or All Saints’ Eve,[9] is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising“), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films.

This morning I changed my routine a bit as I meandered to the kitchen, prepared myself a cup of tea and made my way to what we affectionately now call the front room of our house. (Some time ago we had some remodeling done where the contractors completely renovated the front “vinyl room” to a glass window encased room allowing us to be able to utilize the room year round. When it was the “vinyl room”, which merely meant that the room had vinyl windows, the temperature barely got lower than the mid-eighties and was much higher than that in the summertime.)

As I sat there in the darkness (it was only 5:30 AM), I remembered that my wife had recently decorated the room with lighted window pumpkins, and a big scary black spider with pink lights on it – all of which were hanging from our windows. So, even though it was morning – since it was still dark outside, I turned all the lights on and sat there in the shadows of all things scary and creepy and thought back to the days of Dracula and Frankenstein. Ah, the good old days when ghouls and goblins we knew weren’t even real was what scared the bee jeebies out of us!

It is amazing how easily we can entertain ourselves when turning 75 as I was thoroughly relaxed while sitting there among the ghouls and goblins who were also staring back at me. Just enjoying my cup of tea without a care thinking that all was right with the world!

Sunday mornings are the best as we do not set an alarm, I take the day off from walking as when I am in my true exercise mode, I walk six days a week (2 miles Monday through Saturday all before breakfast), no line dancing classes, usually no shopping and definitely no doctor’s appointments.

Just me and my spooks………………..isn’t life just grand!

About iglengel

Welcome to my blog: I retired in September of 1996 after twenty-five years as an Underwriting Manager (and one year with a smaller insurance company) and have written blog postings on the website Retirement-online.com prior to setting up this Word Press free site. Having retired almost twenty years ago I have experienced my own retirement transition. I survived and you will too. Oddly enough, now that I have more time, I am discovering various things about myself that I would not have imagined myself doing in retirement. Why does it take so long for, we as individuals, to stop and think about ME!? Join me as I share with you some of the shenanigans we have been up to since retiring. Retirement is and can be a whole lot of fun. Welcome to my site – remember – retirement is not the destination we are seeking – it is the journey! I encourage you to visit often, provide comments, ask questions and add your own insights. We are all on this journey together.
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