Hello friends, it’s wonderful to be back here! Much has happened in the almost-week since my last post … all of it unplanned. And thankfully, even the not-so-great parts brought lots of silver linings.
Here’s the gist: I’m sure you know by now that Tropical Storm Zeta blew through Atlanta dark early Thursday morning and left much of the city without power. We were among the fortunate who had ours back late that afternoon. Katie’s street was finally restored Saturday evening. Thursday was uncomfortable, but I learned a few things, and read two books! Friday morning Katie & Sam arrived; Rob & Charlie arrived after lunch (Charlie’s school had their Halloween car parade at noon and there was NO WAY Charlie was gonna miss that). We played, and Halloweened, and the kids left early Sunday. I skipped church to get in some alone time – and a run to the lake. Then I zoom’d with the girls (that felt normal!) and spent a delightful few hours All by Myself yesterday afternoon. Marc and I met up about 5 for leftovers and some fun TV. and today. well, it felt like a Monday. which feels good.
and now the long version. the one with the photos 🙂 First up, Thursday. Upper left is my neighbor’s back yard and the street behind our houses. Two trees down, fences crushed, road blocked (but only for a bit – by the time I came back out with Marc the trees were cleared). Next Ann Cleeves’ latest Vera, The Darkest Evening. I’d picked it up from the library the week before and thought I’d have to return it unread … silver lining! Stovetop-popcorn – y’all, I had no idea it was so easy (and I’m especially grateful that we have a gas range!) … and best of all – my sister visited (with a coolerful of ice).Not pictured: headlamps, hammer-ground coffee (bless Marc for figuring this out – I promise the next time “wind” threatens I will grind coffee and put it with the French Press – and the “recipe” for making the coffee!), and streets/sidewalks so covered with debris you couldn’t see them.
Friday afternoon Katie and I took the boys to the playground and then to the lake. Everyone had fun!
Pre-Halloween (I didn’t realize this was A Thing) started Friday evening with dinner. (I can’t remember the last time our table for six was full – or the last time we finished a bottle of wine Friday night!) well, really with Dessert. the first taste of Halloween candy!
On Saturday, we assembled “candy bags” for the neighborhood trick-or-treating, decorated! (so many BATS!), made Deb’s salted browned butter rice krispie treats (y’all – I’m not at all a fan of stuff like this and these were easy and delicious – thanks to Charlie for requesting them!), and assembled big ol’ snack platters for dinner. Katie had Halloween-themed cookie cutters that worked perfectly with cheese.
and finally – time for costumes. The boys are huge Star Wars fans (y’all know this already). Sam was Darth Vader. Charlie was Kylo Ren (Sam thought it was fun to be his brother’s grandpa … even just in costume.)
this is on our front porch. see what I mean about the bats?!
There wasn’t going to be any trick or treating in their neighborhood, so Katie had a piñata. It was brilliant!
A few epic light saber fights later, it was time to venture out. My neighborhood was pandemic-prepared. Folks who had candy on their porch (no contact required) put their porch lights on. It was really great. especially if the neighbor had a most-awesome pirate ship.
No photos, but as I type this I remember that the first thing the boys did when they got back was sort their candy. Of course they didn’t have too much, so it didn’t take long. still … it’s a thing. and I’m glad they got to do it anyway.
Sunday morning came fast (even with that extra hour … which by the way, was there really an extra hour?!) and our house was back to just us. and a solo run to the lake.
and now it’s Monday. evening. and the week ahead is full of uncertainty.
I am planning to stay away (mostly) from social media … and to be more present here and with y’all. In the first week of the month, I try to look back – and ahead. I’m sure I can manage that first part … the second. well. we’ll see.
and for sure, if you haven’t already voted, DO. TOMORROW. IT MATTERS!