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Trick or Treat

Have some fun this Halloween.

Happy Halloween from Rory and Lucy Marie.

Happy Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve. It’s going to be a fun day. I can’t wait to go to work and tell everyone to “take off your scary masks!”  Of course the favorite activity for children is trick or treating. I don’t know about you but I have never cared for bobbing for apples; the water got dirty and there were teeth marks in the apples. But it was a game we played every year. Growing up in the 1960’s, our costumes were almost always home made. Politically incorrect too; a lot of bums. Our parents didn’t fuss like they sure do now. You need a bag to carry your trick or treat candy?  Go grab a pillow case. The fun part was spilling your candy all over the floor and making candy trades with my sisters. “Wait, how did you get the candy cigarettes and waxed teeth and not me, we went to all the same houses?”  Oh, and in case you need a joke for today to share here are a couple. What do ghosts have for dessert (I-scream), Why couldn’t the ghost find his mom and dad? (they were transparent).



Reading, Texting and Arithmetic

Do you know someone with beautiful cursive hand writing? Praise them!


Do you know someone with beautiful cursive handwriting? Praise him or her. It’s a lost talent. Pictured here is Stephanie who has enviable, tasteful, chic, and stylish cursive handwriting. Who doesn’t want to get a hand written note from Stephanie? It’s a thrill. Yep, she owes it to the nuns at St. Thomas Aquinas grade school where penmanship was part of the 2rd grade curriculum. Sure, you remember the work sheets with the little arrows to follow on the paper with dotted lines. Bad news kids–everybody texts today. Kids use keyboards. Kids print. R U there? Teachers don’t have time to teach cursive handwriting because there’s no time. What are we to do? Don’t kids realize how unique our handwriting style is to each of us – like a snowflake or a fingerprint! Up and down, slanted forward, slanted back, loops, curves and bends. Black ink or blue ink. Next time we write a thank you note (wait, that’s a lost knack too) or pull out a scrap paper to write a list; practice cursive writing. When was the last time you wrote a capital Q? IMHO, TTYL, THX. (In my humble opinion, talk to you later and thanks). Where’s the bounce and style in that?

Have You Ever Been “Booed”?

Halloween Fun

BOO item ideas. Candy, cookies, soap, candles, and Halloween goodies are all you need. Why is the poodle in the picture? Because I’m poodle walker!


Have you ever been “BOOED”?  I mean, the good kind of BOOED. Not off the stage! We happen to live on a street where the neighbors are very close. We have a phone and email directory, an annual Halloween block party, a ladies Christmas party exchange, and the guys have a golf and awards night complete with the prized “green jacket”. Last year, another new tradition began. Our new neighbors moved in and brought with them a tradition that was cherished on their street many states away. We have incorporated it and love it. It’s called “BOOED”. You leave a gift on a neighbors’ doorstep with a poem explaining that they have been “BOOED” and they need to pass on the favor in the next couple days. Once you’ve been “BOOED” you are to leave a BOO picture in your window so you know which neighbors still need to be “BOOED”. Hey, doesn’t the world need a little lift? Don’t you want to be surprised with cookies or a homemade treat? Kids can’t have all the fun. Apparently a naysayer said “I don’t need the stress of getting a bloody BOO gift; I’m too busy; I don’t need it.” You know what I say to that? BOO! BOO!