Friday, October 31, 2014

Fast Friday

Fast as in, how is it the end of October already? I always liked November as a teacher because there are lots of vacation days mixed in there. Now that I'm retired, it means the end to Daylight Savings Time. Early dark will inspire me to spend more hours writing. I hope. Don't forget to turn your clocks back tomorrow night. And some people change their smoke detector batteries when the time changes so don't forget that. We always do that in December.

In time for Halloween, here's a link about a puppy-sized spider. Not many things scare me but there is something really creepy about spiders. Knowing one of these proportions really exists is nightmare material. And two inch long fangs! Check out this scary creature. It must be an alien.

Tomorrow is my local writers' meeting. I love those and I even made my writing goal for this month after two months in a row of missing it. Starting next week, our writers group is having an online class on SEO. That is such an ever changing project that I'm looking forward to learning some things. Whatever those things are.

From the Old Farmer's Almanac:
The remedy for bad times is to be patient with them. Arabian proverb

Five Moon phases in one month (like this one) foretell a cold winter and a cool summer.

According to Greek tradition, a cactus placed by the front door will guard a home against evil.

Put your Halloween pumpkins out in the woods or fields for wildlife to snack on.

And this little graph of what is going on at my house. Now that my son from Colorado is back in the house for the winter, things are a little noisier. Lots of children, grown children, filling the silence and disrupting the peace in the most fun sense of the word.
Questions the kids ask mom vs dad.

Do you change your smoke detector batteries at this time? Love or hate Daylight Savings Time? Do you have a cactus by the front door? What do you do with your pumpkins after Halloween? Care to meet a spider the size of a small dog?


  1. I'm giving my pumpkins to my chickens--they just love them. Love that picture--sounds like my house in the morning. :)

  2. I don't think the cat could eat that spider, need a mighty big shoe. Enjoy daylight savings time in the fall as it is easier to get up. lol pic is sure spot on

  3. I should've planted pumpkins this year but I ran out of seeds and never thought to reorder.

    Next year. Chickens and goats both love them.

  4. Will check out the spider.
    An extra hour of sleep this weekend! Awesome.

  5. Happy Halloween! I am so glad you are enjoying having the "kiddies" home.

    I hope your writing becomes more productive as it gets dark sooner, too. :)

  6. What an amazing chart! Loved the Arabian proverb. It makes all the sense in the world.

    Have a great Halloween.

  7. You know, pumpkins melt in Florida. It's a sad truth. The first year my hubby had to shovel the things off the front porch. (Not even joking.)

    I love that image--so classic.

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

  8. It's so dark here all the time right now!! It's already dark by 6:30 - going to be even earlier now!

  9. Love that part "Dad - Where's Mom?" LOL!

    Super scary spider . . . agh!

    I like the saying for patience in troubled times. . .

  10. Happy Halloween, Boogie Boogie & Muhahaha!

  11. I hate Daylight Savings Time with a passion. The older I get the more difficult it is for me to adjust.

    My wife (a teacher) was just mentioning yesterday how much she liked November. And she's taking an extra couple days off next week to go visit her daughter in Houston. She gets a whole week off for Thanksgiving. We only got 2 days when I was a kid.

    Keep the spider. I don't want it.

    Tossing It Out

  12. Great to see you today! I'm looking forward to the SEO class too.

    I don't even want to think about a spider as big as a puppy. Not gonna click that link! No way! No how!!

  13. I do put our pumpkins out back for animals to eat after we're done with them. And I'd never want to meet a spider THAT big! No thank you.

  14. There is no way I would even look at a spider that big. I don't even like small ones. The fall time change isn't as hard to adjust to, but the spring one is rough. I wish they would pick one time and stay with it. A nice big cactus might be handy. Love the graph!

  15. Hope you had a great Halloween. A noisy house, in the best sense of the phrase, is one of the best gifts to humanity.