|Hurricane Sandy-parker2, morguefile|
Here, Orillia wasn't affected much by Sandy - but for over a week we've had a lot of rain and constant clouds, with colder than normal weather, but we've been lucky because that's pretty mild compared to some of the States in the US. It was definitely not the the type of weather we usually see, although there have been Halloween's in the past where the kids have gone out with snowsuits under their costumes. When our kids were smaller, we used to plan a costume that would fit over snowsuits, just in case.
Surprisingly, Halloween came and went, much as it usually does. We had less kids than usual, but still a lot more than I expected to see on such a miserable night. We usually plan for about 300+ kids (and so far have run out every year). This year we bought enough for just over 200 kids, expecting to see very few because of the cold and rain.
So it surprised us a little when we used all but two bags of tootsie-pops. Kids are much more resilient than adults I guess - a little cold and rain didn't seem to bother them much. Most donned their costumes and trooped along from house to house trailing their wet and chilled parents behind them. This year I recognized more of the neighbourhood kids, but that may be because there were less being transported into our neighbourhood from other areas of town, probably because of the weather.
My youngest granddaughter dressed up as a bag of everybody's fave jelly beans: Jelly Belly, and our youngest grandson went out as the Ghost Rider. The older two didn't really plan to go out, but ended up being talked into it and went along with some friends from school. All the kids were weighed down by their bags of treats ... probably because it didn't take long for people to realize there weren't going to be as many as previous years, and like us, they didn't want to get stuck with a lot of leftover candy.
Anyway, I did go, but with a full belly, I couldn't eat anything at all ... not even the yummy desserts. It didn't matter though - the evening was a lot of fun and when the neighbours get together, the thing I like most is really just enjoying the company, laughing at silly things and having fun. And we definitely did that. I think we might have to have a pre-Christmas nibble this year and invite the neighbours.
Oh, and there is one more new thing in our little house. Finally, after nearly a year of begging, my husband bought us a Bowflex TreadClimber. I wanted one really badly but I underestimated the thing. It's a lot harder than I expected. The first time I got on I figured I'd walk my usual treadmill speed for maybe 40 minutes and get off feeling pretty good.
After 5 minutes I was puffing like the little engine that could going up that hill; after 10 minutes ... my butt cheeks hurt (yeah, go figure ... never knew there were actually any muscles back there).
At that point I got off but my legs quivered like jello. Every day since the first (8 days and counting) I've gotten on that monster, but today I'm up to about 22 minutes without the huffing and puffing but I'm starting to wonder when the hurting stops ...