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After much delay, and I don't know how much anticipation (nobody told me they missed it! sniff!), the 2012 Warren Family Kissmas Card Type Thing is available! Get yours now! We're out of ink, and can't afford to mail 'em anywho! =)

(To be fair, the kids did there poems in time, it's mine that was a bit later than last minute!)
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Unfortunately, unlike some folks in New Jersey and further up along the coast in Massachusetts, we did not get thirteen inches of the white stuff. We only got three inches, so I went out once with Rachel along for the ride, and we did the client sites, and came back to do our driveway.

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I had been concerned ~ well, suspicious really ~ that it would snow while I was up at the conference and I'd miss it, but I made it back in plenty of time.

Saturday, after the conference, I headed over to Worcester to visit some family, and hear a bit more about the Asian longhorned beetle and all the trees that were cut down to try to keep the pest from spreading. As mentioned in yesterday's semi-conscious post, I had dinner with my mom and her two sisters and with my grandfather's sister as well. All four of them were flirting with the waiter to one degree or another, so I spent much of the time shaking my head or saying "oy" or something like that. Despite all that ~ or, in all truth, because of it ~ the waiter took two "buy one get one free" coupons when it clearly stated one per table. So he made up the extra in his tip.

After getting more stuff from my great aunt to bring back for the kids, we went back to my Aunt Susan's and talked, looked at some pictures I had on the computer, and watched Blazing Saddles.

The conference went great, I learned a lot of useful bits of information, had a lot more bits that confirmed I was on the right track, and found a whole bunch of vendors that I'd like to work with. I went from having a couple of tentative contacts with possibilities to discussing things (one of whom has never gotten back to me) to a number of companies that offer viable solutions to all of the needs I had and then some. I've gotten challenged ~ both from the vendors and the sessions ~ to bring the skills I have up a notch or fifty, and that will benefit my customers greatly.

The section of the books I am currently studying ~ Edible Forest Gardens (hands down, the best books I've seen on permaculture) ~ is going in-depth into the structures of the soil and the soil food web, and that was a recurring theme in the conference. Although I had some soil-testing gear on my wish-list for the company, I'm now convinced that I need to up that in priority. I, at least, need to pick up one or two things and then expect to use a lab for the tests themselves. At some point, it will be important enough for me to make sure I can do the tests myself.

Because the general purpose solution worked in my yard, I was attempting to bring that to others (at least until that solution proved to be ten times as expensive as other commercial offerings) and I realize that, to be able to charge people, I need to be able to offer better service than a one-size-fits-some-and-hopefully-you solution, and actually be able to fine tune it to the specific needs of the site and desires of the landowners.

I did talk to some other vendors about permeable pavers, rain collection systems, and a few other things I had looked into and hope to be able to offer at some time in the future. I also made contact with a lot of great people in some aspect of this industry ~ the vendors, growers, landscape architects, some folks who were just interested parties, as well as fellow design-build-maintain contractors like myself.

Also, if you ever get a chance to listen to the Forest Service's Kevin T. Smith talk about anything ~ even if he's just reading off the ingredients list on a cereal box ~ go and see him. He is a great speaker, combining a depth of knowledge with an entertaining delivery.

Also also, one of the speakers from NH used "wicked" at least three to seven times in her portion of the talk, and that made me smile and think of the homeland.

~ ~ ~

I had mentioned, the other day, how I had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] firesign10 and family, and I have to go into a bit more detail. First off, I think Mr. Bear tried to adopt me. He showed me his Fantastic Four action figures, set up a game for me on his Leapster, and offered me the best bits of whatever food was on his plate. He also thought I should go home with them, and when he found out I wasn't coming over, he asked if we could set up a playdate. He's about a year and a half older than Mr. B, and if we could ever get those two together, they'd have a blast.

Conversation covered everything from work to commuting to bass playing ~ which reminds me, I should have mentioned this: [livejournal.com profile] firesign10, you folks should come to the Musical Day cookout on the 25th of May! (okay, really I should just announce that to everyone, but, in particular, you guys should bring down the basses and guitars and so on! =) (I should also verify if it's going to be on the 25th or another day that weekend, or, even, the next!)

Great people, and it was great to meet them!

Home!

Mar. 1st, 2009 06:44 pm
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Great conference, great visit with [livejournal.com profile] patrixa (who is, according to other family members, one of the "Witches of Eastwick" - along with her two sisters - and I ate dinner with all three of them and their aunt as well on Saturday night! =), and, on the way up to the conference, great dinner with [livejournal.com profile] firesign10 and family!

And I wanted to take a nap when I got home because I am exhausted, but I failed to be able to nap.

More details and so forth after I catch up on some sleep. Hopefully. I don't know if I have enough energy to chase after it for very long! =)
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As a child, there was one thing I looked forward to nearly as much as the visit from Santa Claus himself, and it was this: how would Uncle Richard attempt to trick that Jolly Old Elf, and, more importantly, how would the Big Guy in Red see through the tricks ~ such as a toeless stocking over a big basket ~ and what would he leave behind ~ onions? coal? Of course, we were encouraged by the other adults to side with the Bearded One, but each year what I really wanted was to see Uncle Richard succeed and get the best gifts ever, and lots of them!

As an adult, I highly suspect that the more he failed to trick Ol' Saint Nick, the more gifts he gave to everyone else, and, in turn, the more he received himself.

He will be missed.



Richard J. June, 65, of Worcester, died Friday, January 23, 2009 in Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.

He leaves his wife of 42 years, Susan E. (Moise) June; two sons, Richard D. June and his wife, Deborah of Groton; David E. June and his wife, Saengwian of Worcester; a daughter, Tracie E. Molnar and her husband, Matthew of Connecticut; two grandchildren, Bryce Tyler June and Zoe Green Molnar and nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by two brothers, Stanley E. and Chester D. June.

He was born in Worcester, a son of Stanley A. and Wanda (Lukasiewicz) June and lived here all his life. Mr. June was a school teacher for the City of Worcester and taught for 36 years and spent much of his career at Worcester East Middle School. He retired in 2004. He attended and graduated from Worcester schools. He earned his Bachelors degree and his Masters degree in Education from Worcester State College. Richard loved fishing, travel and friends and family. He was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 27, from HENRY-DIRSA FUNERAL HOME, 33 Ward St, with a Mass at 10:30 am in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward St. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery. Calling hours in the funeral home are Monday, January 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Transplant Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lowry Building 7th floor, 110 Francis St, Boston, Ma., 02215
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Now, with bullets!

  • [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas just practiced him some parallel parking, so he should be all ready for the the driving test middle of February
  • Rachel has taken up sewing as a hobby, and does repairs in addition to beanie toy & cat toy projects
  • Rachel has also been organizing a bunch of the brown belts into a cleaning company, so they can take care of the floor and mats
  • Mr. B is convinced that, like his two older siblings and his 'elf, Aqua Energizer was also manufactured in mom's belly
  • I wrote a couple of bass riffs for a new song, and [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas has the start of the piano part
  • I haven't been playing the bass enough, and so, after a quarter of the slap parts to 5 on Reserve, my fingers gave up, and now my index and middle fingers have nice, red, pouffy bits
  • Wrote some on the company blog yesterday
  • Thinking about my uncle yesterday, I looked back over the posts from this time three years ago, and realized I still haven't replied to most of them... and that some of the people who expressed sympathy back then aren't on LJ anymore, or worse, aren't even alive now...
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Since 1991, with a few years off for bad behavior, I've been writing poems for our holiday cards.

Since 2003, [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas and Rachel have been writing poems as well, and we've included them as an insert in our holiday card mailings under the title of Poetry for the Winter Season, with the subtitle of Warm Winter Words from the Warrens.

This year was no different, and Warm Winter Words from the Warrens Volume VI was finalized mid-November. Instead of having one or more poems from each of the three of us, this year's edition has one poem of nine stanzas, or nine little poem bits... it can be read as three rows of three stanzas, left to right and top to bottom or it can be read as three columns, top to bottom and left to right. It can probably be read other ways, but those are the patterns we came up with. =)

Unlike prior years, we were not able to package the poem and cards up and get them out to the hundred or so folks on our list, and I did not make a Get-A-Card post to add all you great folks on to the list (or update addresses of those on the list). I had debated emailing the card - as a PDF - out to everyone, and putting up a post to collect e-mail addresses of those who wanted a copy, but then I realized I had a way to get the poem(s) out to everyone quickly and easily: by posting the PDF on the company website!

So here it is, in lieu of a printed copy inside a handmade card (and in hopes that I'll get plenty of work next year so that we'll be able to send out cards!)

Poetry for the Winter Season: Warm Winter Words from the Warrens

Peace, love, and good happiness!
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(with a lithp)

Yeth, that'th right! I'm Thor! =)

The moving of [livejournal.com profile] dragonflypug went smoothly. Arms and legs didn't turn into Jell-O and the back didn't start hollering and moaning and groaning until most of the truck (a 24 footer) was unloaded. In fact, I think they waited until the last four or so items were left. Of course, the last two items were a love seat and a couch... oy!

I didn't get the manufacturer of the couch, but I may ask Deb to ask [livejournal.com profile] dragonflypug. These things were absolutely the lightest bits of furniture I've ever had the pleasure to move, and I mean that with all due respect and not any of the sarcasm that generally springs up during a move. My brother-in-law's couch, on the other hand, is the heaviest one. I am sure, at it's core, it is filled with heavy metals. This set probably has helium inside it. Seriously. You know U-Haul's "Mom's Attic"? [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas and I hauled the loveseat down from there without any strain whatsoever. I had pretty much tossed it up there, and, if it weren't for the bulk, probably could have done it myself.

Rachel helped out, too ~ her first time helping us with a move (other than our own, although she was only about five or so for that one!) While we were loading up, her job was Pug Patrol ~ she kept Ike in line (or vicey versa), but she ran a lot of stuff inside for the unloading.

~ ~ ~

In other news [livejournal.com profile] patrixa and my brother made it back home safe and sound.
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  1. Ate bagels from a (nearly!) local deli
  2. Drove over to Beltzville and parked my car along one of the tall-curb islands in the lot
  3. [livejournal.com profile] patrixa parked her car behind mine, leaving some room between them
  4. I went for a walk with [livejournal.com profile] patrixa while [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas, under the direction of my little baby brother, learned to parallel park.
  5. [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas and I hung Kissmas lights
  6. Aforementioned brother, who was a roofer for four or more years, climbed up to the roof, cleared out the two gutters that are a royal pain to get to (steep angle, no good access) and slipped in the gutter brush thingies
  7. Rachel and Mr. B played basketball
  8. Went out to dinner at Marblehead Grille and Chowder House as an early celebration of Rachel's birthday a month away.
  9. Rachel opened presents my mom and brother imported


How I'll Spend the Day After Black Friday
Moving [livejournal.com profile] dragonflypug. Again. It's been almost a year since the last time, I think... =)
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Yesterday: [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas and I move a Mountain (Karate School) - the log dolly & 11' bed of the truck proved useful.

Today: Cookout at eldest brother-in-law & [livejournal.com profile] 1jadedhart's place

Tomorrow: Cookout at our place - although the ribs will be cooked inside, we've got a couple dozen ears of fresh, locally grown sweet corn that will be grilled up, so at least some cooking will take place out-of-doors! =)
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No Monday's Thirteen this week, as it is now Tuesday. Prior game is still open, technically speaking. If I get a chance I'll post devious helpful hints Wednesday and maybe Friday.

My ingenious exercise program - no, not the one involving 92 different kinds of martial arts and 47 other exercise programs; the one involving quitting life as a cubicle-bound senior programmer analyst and starting a landscaping company - continues to have great physical benefits. Another 10 pounds lost, and that dropped me down lower than I've been in maybe 5-10 years. About 30 more to go to be where I want to be; 55 to go to where medical science wants my internal organs to appear as external organs. I might already have reported this - it's late and I can't remember. Total pounds lost, about 20. From my all-time high (which is a low-point, health-wise), I'm down about 40 pounds.

Walkway for client is almost done; plants were picked up today and set out. Rushed a bit on hammering in the supports for the stacked stone, so we'll have to tap a few of them in and use the rotary hammer for a couple of ones. We'll be holding off on that until there's not big monster rain drops falling and thunder audible despite hearing protection. Planting tomorrow, mulch arrives Wednesday, and then it's just the labor involved in finishing it all up.

Fathead's Day highlights: Deadliest Catch first season DVDs, Deadliest Catch (last week's episode, which we missed), but the best of all was handing [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas his first paycheck ever and going over the paystub contents and taxes and so forth.

Of course, much of the day wasn't so much fun - this is the third Father's Day with me no longer having a living, breathing dad, and that bummed me out. Partially on account of that, and partially because someone told Deb's dad that she was coming before she said she was, I sent her and the kids down to see her dad. I missed having the kids around me for the afternoon, but he was happy for the company, and that's what was important there.

Oh, one more thing: in addition to starting his second full week of work (which here means 32 hours, part-time), [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas worked his first 11 hour day today. We'll have to cut one of the other days a bit short - overtime pay without overtime income isn't a profitable way to do business. =)
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What the Musical Day Cookout is:
Music. Food. Friends. Family. Music.


You listed "music" twice, where you gettin' all that thar music-stuff from anywho?
You. Me. Them. Everybody.


Bring your acoustic instrument - that lectricity stuff is limited, and [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas hogs most of it - and come and play those jazz, funk, and progressive metal standards - like "Partially Written Tune in Some Key or Another" and "We Don't Have a Title for this Song" - along with the Lefty Valdez Band. Having fun is mandatory, musical abilities are optional, and percussionists would be nifty and if enough of them show up I can set up a fenced-in area for them to run around in while they're not playing.

Further details:
When? That'd be the 'today' of this entry: Saturday, May 31st. As much as I try to get things started early so clean up and shut down happens before dark, that never happens. What time will the event be? If you show up before 9am, maybe 10am, you'll probably sit out on the porch for a bit. Other than that, I'll fire up the grill around 1pmish or so. Music will start as soon as we drag all the gear down to the front porch, unless we decide to play up in [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas' room or unless someone starts playing something earlier than that.

We'll have all kinds of food, all the usual suspects (burgers, dogs, as well as sausages and/or chicken) and maybe some other stuff like ribs. Use the signup sheet (that'd be the comments for this 'ere post) to indicate whether you'll be coming, what instrument you'll be bringing, and what kind of salad-snack-drink-dessert-so-on you'll be contributing to the feasting. In that way, you'll be able to see what others have and can coordinate so everyone brings something chocolate or something. =)

If you need directions - or want to verify that I'm in the part of PA that isn't a day away from you - feel free to e-mail me (ellyssian at Google's e-mail service).
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In no particular order:

Justin has his driver's permit. I took him over to the parking lots - and roads - at Beltzville. We went over everything I could think of - pulling into and out of parking spaces, going forward and backward in line, parallel parking, three point turns, and so on.

Rachel got her purple belt. She also assisted at a birthday party, and, after witnessing how none of the kids in gym could stretch properly, she wrote a letter to her sensei and to her gym teacher, and the end result of her efforts will be that the karate school will be spending a whole day at the middle school assisting the gym teacher.

Mr. B is not hitting his brother, he's whacking him.

Justin received a final grade of 90 in his first college level course.

Rachel played several concerts with the middle school band and went on a trip to an amusement park. Her band received a gold medal - only the second out of eleven years - in a performance for the high school professors.

Deb, Justin, and Rachel will be going down to Philly to volunteer at the Race for the Cure tomorrow.

July 12th, 3-5, I'll be giving a talk on native plants and natural landscaping at the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem.

That'd be the end of the good news section. In the quite-possibly-not-so-good-news section, Deb's sister Pat - who a number of you have met at the cookouts - will be undergoing an operation to get a biopsy of... something in her brain. They don't know What, yet. And the entire board of the hospital is being brought in to figure out exactly What. Good thoughts would be welcome.
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Sign-up here!

What the Musical Day Cookout is:
Music. Food. Friends. Family. Music.


You listed "music" twice, where you gettin' all that thar music-stuff from anywho?
You. Me. Them. Everybody.


Bring your acoustic instrument - that lectricity stuff is limited, and [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas hogs most of it - and come and play those jazz, funk, and progressive metal standards - like "Partially Written Tune in Some Key or Another" and "We Don't Have a Title for this Song" - along with the Lefty Valdez Band. Having fun is mandatory, musical abilities are optional, and percussionists would be nifty and if enough of them show up I can set up a fenced-in area for them to run around in while they're not playing.

Further details:
When? Saturday, May 31st. As much as I try to get things started early so clean up and shut down happens before dark, that never happens. What time will the event be? If you show up before 9am, maybe 10am, you'll probably sit out on the porch for a bit. Other than that, I'll fire up the grill around 1pmish or so. Music will start as soon as we drag all the gear down to the front porch, unless we decide to play up in [livejournal.com profile] aequitaslevitas' room or unless someone starts playing something earlier than that.

We'll have all kinds of food, all the usual suspects (burgers, dogs, as well as sausages and/or chicken) and maybe some other stuff like ribs. Use the signup sheet (that'd be the comments for this 'ere post) to indicate whether you'll be coming, what instrument you'll be bringing, and what kind of salad-snack-drink-dessert-so-on you'll be contributing to the feasting. In that way, you'll be able to see what others have and can coordinate so everyone brings something chocolate or something. =)

If you need directions - or want to verify that I'm in the part of PA that isn't a day away from you - feel free to e-mail me (ellyssian at Google's e-mail service).


Sign-up here!
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Justin and I are making fajitas. The pico de gallo is chilling. Yum, for the scents of roasted peppers, garlic, and onion! We're watching the Deadliest Catch on Discovery (Deadliest Catch weekend!)

Earlier today, we went to Flow for some delicious local food - I'll do a full review, but in the meantime, go there and eat. It's good. If you're not near Jim Thorpe, PA, you need to come and visit and eat. I suppose distance might negate some of the eating-locally-grown-&-raised thing, but if you're in the area to visit, you should definitely stop by.

Deb, Rachel, Mr. B, and [livejournal.com profile] patrixa left for NC yesterday morning, and are now at my dad's mom's place.

And I think that's most of the news! =)
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Justin and I are preparing for our annual pilgrimage along the Forest, through Fairyland, and Beyond and Back Again!

Yep, it's almost time to go pick up the New Year Chinese feast (as opposed to the Chinese New Year feast, which we don't often celebrate, but we probably should...)

As for the updatia bit, we got a ton of snow (or 5", which ever comes first), and me without my plow. Snow forecasted for tomorrow, too. Plow forecasted for Wednesday, and sunny after that...

Brandon took his first solo sled ride - the soft yet heavy stuff slowed him to a sedate pace. Very entertaining to watch him sitting still so long... all the way down the front lawn. He sat upright and serious and, although I only saw him from the back, I'm almost positive he didn't even blink for the entire ride.

Rachel built a real, live, actual snowman - one of the life-sized guys - with some assistance from Mr. B. Deb took some shots, and I got to see them, but most others won't because she never posts anything. =(

Justin and I cleared the driveway - he cleared the walk and around the cars (and the cars themselves) and I took care of the rest, using the DR with the plow. It did a great job, pushing glaciers in front of it. Snowblowers around me were choking on the stuff, so it's probably a good thing the chain had snapped a few weeks back and I didn't even attempt it. First time I used the plow on snow (used it on the gravel to get that in place Autumn 2006) and I liked it. Took longer than the Boss will when it's on the truck, of course, but nice nonetheless.

Anywho, off I go... time to get dinner!
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In addition to more new Brandonisms ("'top yankin' my chain, Ant Pat!", "Dat sound like a plan?"), we received a few other gifts as well. =)

For instance, I am now sitting in bed and listening to Stevie sing about flooding down in Texas - the Solos, Sessions & Encores, to be specific. Now, Santa has never let me down in all my life, not even my first Kissmas here in PA - didn't know anyone, living alone, with Justin visiting on weekends, no car (only a bike) and a snowy December that year. So in addition to this particular disc I'm listening to, he also gave me a Sony MHC-EC55 Mini Hi-Fi Component System to listen to it on. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] patrixa, I can also listen to Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand and a Feng Shui disc different than, but on the same label, as this one.

When I went to turn on the tree lights Kissmas morn', they didn't go on! Instead, Deb and the kids heard holiday music and saw lights from the Holiday Express Animated Electric Train Set. The music came from a train station (couldn't find a link to it) - and was actually well above par for most electronic toy music. In fact, it was so listenable (especially with a full volume control!) that we used that most of the morning, instead of switching over to our usual holiday CDs. There was also a bakery with Mrs. Claus (no link), and (slightly better, although no pictures for these two:) a Santa's Mailbox Car and a Log Mill Wood Car. My favorite is the Water Tanker Skating Car - one elf spins in circles, the other skates back and forth and spins. Each car is brightly lit - even more so when moving - and has some kind of action; Santa waving from the engine, an elf poking his head out of a hatch on the tender, and that sort of thing. They're brightly painted and quite clearly toy plastic, and that's part of the charm - this isn't some weathered, realistic train; it's a Kissmas toy. It doesn't simulate real-life operations all that well - although one of the names on the engine - Santa's Fe - is almost authentic. Send it on its way, and it rockets off instantly at breakneck speeds; you can slow it down to just slightly faster than believable scale speeds, but that's not its purpose. It's purpose was the smiles on the faces of the entire family as we watched it circle the tree. Surprisingly, Mr. B was the least impressed, but I think he was overwhelmed by the stacks of presents that piled up and around and lined the railway.

Eventually, I'll get some reviews of some of the things posted - I've fallen so far behind on getting those done it's pretty pathetic. I've still got some movie and music reviews from *last* Kissmas to get to...

Hope everyone else had a great day, regardless of whether or not they celebrate this holiday or that holiday or something entirely different.
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As usual, we're a bit late on this. Deb is tweaking the final card design and the poetry is completed and ready to go, so...

~ if you'd like a holiday card from us, please provide your name and address here (or email to ellyssian at gmail dot com) and we'll add you to the list!

~ if you received a card last year and you didn't move, you're still on the list - you only need to respond if you moved

~ if you have a post for collecting addresses and didn't get a response from me already, please link to it, and I'll get our address posted ASAP! =)
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Last night was Brandon's first time going door-to-door on Halloween. He went as a fireman, with his bright yellow jacket, a yellow helmet with visor, heavy coveralls, and big ol' boots. Deb made him an axe out of foil & a stick. Turns out you can (once again) buy tons of guns, soldiering, and policing type stuff at toy stores, but there was nary a playset or single piece of toy equipment for a fireman to be found.

On the way back to the house, Mr. B was excited to get down to the real business of the night: eating some of the two pumpkins-full of candy he collected. He turned to Deb and said "Dad seerily likes candy" in a very seeril, I mean serious, tone.

Rachel went as an artist - all paint-splattered and Jillyish - and her cousin Dariah went as an award winning gymnast. I asked both girls when they were going to change into costumes - Rachel is starting deny she can do artwork (although she limited her denials to watercolors) and Dariah is a gymnast, and if she hasn't picked up awards yet I expect she might sometime soon.

Justin and I handed out candy, and we had to close down shop about a half hour or forty-five minutes early on account of running out. First time in four years that we ran out of candy. Actually, one of the first times in my life. Even when we were in Bethlehem, we barely handed out stuff to more than two or three kids, even though we were just on the edge of a neighborhood that made those overly populated cinematic Halloween sequences look like ghost towns (seriously, I mean, seerily, most houses on one of the streets would run out of candy within a half hour or so... each house would have a line of kids waiting...)

This was also the first night in maybe a dozen years that trick-or-treating actually coincided with Halloween. Eastern Pennsylvanians are strange people, what with all this random date determination and all.

After we shut down, Justin and I took a look at the stars. The lights from the neighboring house still blazed bright, but we were able to pick out a lot more up there than I ever recall seeing before. Nice night for it.
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Many happy returns of the day! And, if things go as usual, they will return, as I think you've been celebrating your 21st birthday for quite a few years... =)
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Happy birthday to those who share the day with my youngest son: [livejournal.com profile] luis_mw (who actually gets it first, on account of the day stopping off for a visit on the other side of the pond before it wanders over here) and my sister-in-law Pat!

Many happy returns to both of you!

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