Last night, half way home from work, on the freeway, Jeb suddenly said, “Uh-oh.”
That’s never a good sign. The dashboard was dinging and informing us that we were nearly out of coolant and had better stop soon. Yikes. We had to maneuver through heavy traffic and then off the Bothell exit to a gas station, by which time my Tiger Kitten was really steaming to beat the band.
The Quicky Mart guy offered assistance, but there was really nothing for it but to call a tow truck as the radiator hose was split.
Yes, it was a LONG evening, but it wasn’t the tow truck driver’s fault. He got there with admirable speed. It was just, you know, getting to the garage and getting a taxi from there to home, all after a Monday Part II, summarily called “Tuesday” by most folks. Luckily, we still have Jeb’s car to use while Tiger Kitten is being doctored up.
This morning, it was pouring down rain though and it made me smile. This is the first hard rain we’ve had all summer. My pumpkins will be delighted, thirsty as they’ve been. It was also quite dark out… So can you guess what sort of mood that put me in?
How about now?
YES!!!!! I’m feeling Halloweenie! Or maybe witchy or something… in a GOOD way, in case you suffer any confusion over that.
The hard rain that marks the end of summer is always the beginning of Autumn as far as I’m concerned. Halloween is only TWO months away! I must plot and plan for it now!
There will be a party we might go to in Everett on October 26th, and one in Seattle on November 1st.
Meanwhile, I think it would be fun to take a train ride to Portland to go on the spooky Shanghai Underground tour there. We can also go on some spooky tours at Fort Casey, Port Townsend, and various tours in Seattle.
On Halloween proper, we will have the usual family gathering at home and see all the cute little trick-or-treaters that stop by. But maybe on Saturday October 19th, or Friday the 25th, or Saturday November 2nd, we will have out real party. My vote is on the 19th, since that will be the only full moon night in that range, and I’m partial to fully moon outdoor parties, well, full moons any time I can get them.
Oh doy… Almost forgot! Aki Con is on Halloween weekend too! Oh I am going to be SUCH a busy girl!
Debating on a menu… Thinking maybe crock-pot Beef Bouginon, zucchini bread, creamy pumpkin did with ginger snaps, carmel filled green apple wedges, jalapeno poppers (if I can talk my sister into making them, chocolate scarab balls, gummy worms, the usual green punch, and a hot mixture of apple cider and samurai chai. I badly want to make pumpkin cheese cake as well but only if there will be enough people to appreciate it or if I can make it in smaller individual molds, making using a pumpkin faced cupcake mold?
Of course there will be costumes. Also, good music and dancing on the back patio with lanterns lit as well as a pinata and some kid games IF the weather will cooperate this time. I’m hoping it will. I’d love for there to be some spooky poetry reading or tale telling and/or pendulum to. Much of this will probably not work out right, but I do keep trying.
This weekend, I have only a few little goals: painting our door purple (YAY!!!!), cleaning and redecorating my aquarium, maybe bringing in some fall decorations, and definitely making zucchini bread.
What are plots and plans for this weekend and the beautiful fall season? Any suggestions for me? Make ’em good! I do loves a well-turned suggestion!