The Day After Halloween aka November First

Well it’s the day after Halloween.

Last night I dressed up as Batman, or more like a Batman who had just run out of a board-meeting wearing only a polo shirt with only his mask and cape.

We only got 48 children at my house, which may not seem that small but considering  that it seemed like we got over like sixty or maybe seventy not that long ago, it seems like a small amount. We didn’t even get through the first bag of candy, I’d say we went though like half of it.

And my sister had said that she didn’t see a lot of children out when she took her daughter out.

The Children seem to stop coming around eight o’ clock. The earliest was a boy who looked to be possibly in preschool or before, who had come with his mother around lunch time.

Yes I know it was a school night, however Halloween fell on school nights before and we still got a lot, not to mention somebody a few miles away said that they had up to three hundred children at their house.

Anyway like I said it is now November 1st, which means its a new month an it’s getting closer to the end of the year.

The next holiday will be Veterans Day followed by Thanksgiving.

Well until the next time.

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All Hallows’ Eve

Happy Halloween everyone.

Yep it’s time for all the children to dress up in their costumes and go trick or treating. Well wearing costumes isn’t only for the children, adults to it as well.

One thing I’m amazed at, is that the amount of kids that come to my house for trick and treating seems to get fewer and fewer every year.

When I was a child, back in the mid to late ’90s it seemed like the whole block would be filled with children going trick or treating. Also nearly every house was giving out candy, or popcorn, or pennies. (Yes there were houses back when I was a child that gave out popcorn an pennies) Now a days it seems like very few kids go out and even fewer houses give something out.

I remember this one time back when I was in High School, I’m not exactly sure if it was my Junior or Senior year or if it was a year after I graduated,  anyway that year we were only able to buy one bag of candy before Halloween. My grandmother and sister had to run up to CVS to buy some more candy an by the time they got back we had nearly ran out of candy.

Last year we ended up with nearly all the candy leftover.

I’m only mentioned this since last Friday on The Rachael Ray Show, Rachael Ray had actor Tom Selleck on and both had said that on Halloween that nobody had ever gone to their houses.

So at the time I was thinking ‘well we haven’t been getting may trick or treaters for the past few year’ and then thought about making a blog post about it.

Well I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween. Don’t let the goblins, ghouls, an witches get ya. Ha Ha Ha Ha HA Haaaaaaaaaaaa.

I really need…

To get better at up dating this blog. Yeah I know I say that everytime I seem to make a post.

Well while Summer isn’t offically over, it’s starting to wind down. I don’t know why but I don’t really like Summer. I seem to like Fall, Winter, and Spring more then Summer.

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Labor Day last week.

Guess that’s it for now.

 

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, which is one of the holidays which we Americans remember the price of our freedom by remembering those service men and women who have been killed in action.

Due to Memorial Day falling on the last Monday in the end of May, it also serves as the official start of summer, so sometimes the meaning of the Holiday gets overshadowed a bit by people.

The holiday, which is a Federal Holiday by the way, was started back in 1868 as Decoration Day by the Grand Army of the Republic which is an organization of veterans who had served in the Union military during the Civil War. They established the day so the nation could honor those that had died by placing flowers on their graves.

Since those honoring the Union and Confederates had separate and competing Holidays for honoring those who died serving in the Civil War, it was decided sometime in the 20th Century to merge both holidays so that all those who had died no matter what side they had served on was honored by the nation.

Here is a poem, written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who was a Canadian physician who served in Belgium during World War I,  which is one of my favorites and one of the best ways to sum up what Memorial Day is all about.

In Flanders Fields

BY JOHN MCCRAE

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant Colonel McCrae served during the Second Battle of Ypres and was said to have been inspired to write the following poem titled “In Flanders Fields” after the death of his friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who was killed during the Second Battle of Ypres. Lieutenant Colonel McCrae died near the end of World War I, not due to a bullet or artillery shell in battle, but because of pneumonia while he was in command of No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill) at Boulogne.

Even though I’m not Canadian, I’d like to thank Lieutenant Colonel McCrae and Lieutenant Helmer for their service to their country. I’d also like to extend my thanks to those servicemen and women of the United States Army, United States Marines, United States Navy, and the United States Air Force who have died in action. And for those of you who may read this or read my blog, and have a family member of friend who have died in action, know that I will always honor them.

I’d also like to post a letter from President Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Lydia Bixby of Boston, Massachusetts. It is a consoling letter by President Lincoln after hearing from the War Department how Mrs. Bixby’s five sons have been killed fighting for the Union during the Civil War. It turned out later that only two of Mrs. Bixby’s five sons were actually killed during battle. It is still unkown wny the War Department had incorrectly said that all five sons had been killed. The following is the text of the letter as it appeared in the Boston Evening Transcript on November 25, 1864, which was the same day the letter was delivered to Mrs. Bixby by the Adjutant General of Massachusetts, William Schouler

Executive Mansion,

Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln

So everyone who is Barbecueing over this holiday weekend, take a moment to honor those who have died defending our country and protecting our freedom so that you have the right to Barbecue. Also remember that for freedom there is a price, maybe it’s not paid by you or a family member, but there is a price paid by someone’s family member. So honor, respect, and never forget.

What Makes a Tradition?

Alright, just for reference this topic should have been posted last month, but like I said I had been so busy that I had forgotten all about it until today.

Anyway so last month my sister was talking about having a train running under our Christmas tree and said it was our tradition, the only thing is that we haven’t had a train under our Christmas tree for nearly ten years, so it got me wondering what makes something a tradition.

Is a tradition something you have to do every year or is it something that you can do every other year or even every decade.

In my family we don’t have many traditions or such, or at least not anything that has survived over many years. The only thing I think comes close is a few years ago when we ordered pizza on Halloween night. Or when me and my sisters were younger and almost every Friday night was pizza night.

But now a days, we don’t seem to do things like that. So I guess it feels like my family has no traditions.

Which is again why I’m wondering what makes a tradition.

 

First Post of the New Year

All right, this is going to be the first post of 2015.

So I know I’ve been really MIA for all of the end of 2014 and for the most part of the New Year, but that’s because I really didn’t have the time. I’ve been really busy, especially the two weeks preceding Christmas as well as the last two weeks. Besides I think I went a little big with posting almost every day before my hopefully brief hiatius.

That though was one of my concerns when I made my blog as well as one reason why I really wanted to start it. Usually when I start doing something I follow through with it for a while, if varies depending on what it is, and then take a break and then never seem to really complete whatever it was that I was doing. I was hoping that wouldn’t have been the case with my blog but as you can see, even though I did have a ligitimate excuse as to why I have been away, I still followed my pattern.

Hopefully going foward I will be able to find the time to update a little more regularly.

Anyway, it’s a New Year. I really can’t believe it, the years seem to be going by quicker and quicker with each passing one. So far everything has been alright, or at least I have had nothing to really complain about. Well, nothing that would cause me to take to my blog to complain, though I’m sure there will be something at somepoint. I mean nothing can stay the same for long right?

I’m sure thing will suprise alot of people, but my family just took down our Christmas tree. That’s right we had our christmas tree up nearly a month after Christmas. Most people probably took their tree down the day after New Years Day. That just goes to show you just how busy we’ve been.

Well I guess that’s all for now. I hope all your families had a happy holiday’s.