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Entry 8 ~ October 27, 2008
~ Mrs. Fix-It Saves the Day

Orange Hair for Orange Day!
Orange Hair for Orange Day!
Can you believe it? Halloween is nearly here! I honestly don't remember Halloween being such a big deal when I was growing up, but with all of my kids-it's a huge deal!

Our small seaside town is made up of many little neighborhoods so this is ideal when it comes to trick-or-treating. Even my High School and Junior High kids still do something every Halloween-and yes, that includes getting dressed up in some bizarre costume and going out for tricks and treats with their groups of friends. Somehow, this actually makes me feel good; I feel like they are still "kids" and aren't growing up too quickly. Believe me, as the mother of a Sophomore in high school, I am in no hurry for the years to keep passing as quickly as they are!

This week will be full of Spirit Days in School (Orange Day is the biggie!), a few neighborhood parties and then the big night-Halloween and trick-or-treating. Brian (who always dresses up as a jack-o-lantern!) and I will go out with Cameron, Brendan, Brady and Annie and the older four will go out with their friends. My mother, lovingly known as "Nana," will come for the night and pass out candy to our neighborhood trick-or-treaters. Hopefully, it won't be a freezing, cold night . . . no one wants to wear a coat over his costume-what fun would that be?!

Orange Day at School
Orange Day at School
I don't know about your Halloween experiences, but our kids come home with so much candy it's almost frightening. Shamefully, I admit that in year's past, I would wait for them to fall asleep, sneak into their bedrooms like a cat burglar and STEAL the stuff I wanted. Snickers and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were at the top of my list. I also gave over half of it to my husband to take into work and would freeze a lot of it for making gingerbread houses at Christmas. Now that they are older, though, there is no more stealing! I've been caught in the act several times and it's not a good feeling to be questioned by a 9-year old! The other thing that saves them now is that I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes two years ago, so no more candy (well, in big amounts anyway) for me anymore. It has been nice to see, however, how easily they part with more and more of it willingly. This year they want to make brownies and cookies with the candy and bring it to our local shelter, Welcome House, for the kids there to enjoy! Wow! Does that do a mother's heart good. So we are now at five days and counting till the big night.

Sadly, our rocking Red Sox lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in game 7 last week. Guess we can't win the World Series every year! That was the sad news. The good news (well, no, this is great news in my mind) is that our heater is up and running again-and it didn't cost us a dime! As we sat watching Game 7 of the Red Sox play-offs, freezing for the third night in a row, I had a sudden thought. (We blondes get them every now and again!) I asked Brian when it was that we last changed the air filter for the heating unit. "Uhhhhhhh, I don't remember," he says.

It wasn't but a few seconds before he was off the couch and out to the utility room. Next, he brings me a present-an air filter caked in dust about 6 inches thick. He also had a look of embarrassment on his face as well. Need I say more? He changed the filter, we flipped the switch on and the rest as they say is history! We had beautiful, hot air pumping through the vents in less than a minute. I was the hero of the household that evening. I even called our heating guy the next morning to tell him the good news and to save him a trip out later that day. And yes, I confessed as to what the problem was and he actually laughed. Another crisis solved-at least for the time being.

I hope all of you will be having lots of fun this week getting your little goblins all ready for Halloween. I haven't decided if I'll be brave enough to try and put on my El Vira costume yet. I took it out of the attic last week and must admit-it looks a bit smaller than I remember! I guess it won't hurt to try it on when everyone's out of the house (remember, I have 6 free hours to myself now!) and I'll make a decision then. If it's really too dreadfully tight, I suppose I can always don overalls and a few tools-after-all I am "Mrs. Fix-It" now.

Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone. I'll be sure and take lots of pictures to post next week. One of my goals for that extra 6 hours of time that I have is to get back to one of my favorite hobbies-scrapbooking! A girl can dream, right?

Take care,
   ~ Cheryl

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