November 01, 2020

Halloween 2020

Yesterday was a fun day! Despite the fact that it would have been Mark's 65th birthday (I cannot believe that! I remember when I asked him how old he was one time, he said that he thinks he's about 50. And I believe that was in 2012, so he would have been 57 at the time. I think he looked a lot younger than he was, even when he passed away.

On Friday night, a newspaper reporter let me know that a story about Eli's big fish would be in the Saturday morning paper. After Eli caught that muskie, I was so thrilled for him. And considering it's a very rare catch (not only to catch one in Lake Erie, but from shore in Lake Erie is nearly unheard of) I sent his picture to the newspaper. They use reader-submitted photos on their Instagram and Facebook--just a photo and a short blurb about it. I assumed that's what they'd do with the one I sent.

However, last week the newspaper contacted me and asked if they could interview Eli and me for a story. I said sure! A reporter called me on Monday and Eli on Tuesday. I had no idea what the size of the story would be or anything like that. 

On his way home from work yesterday morning, Jerry stopped to buy the newspaper (well, okay, five copies of it!) and when he brought it home, I was so excited to see that they'd printed Eli's story on the front page of the sports section. The story was much longer than I expected--it went on to the next page and then the following page. 

I'll post it here if you'd like to read it. It's a cute story :)

Jerry and I were really excited to hand out candy together. It's been a LONG time since we've been able to do that! Each year, either he's had to work or one of us takes the kids trick-or-treating. The last three years, we've gone to Becky and Brian's to pass out candy, but they moved out of their neighborhood and into the sticks, so they wouldn't be getting trick-or-treaters.

The last time I handed out candy at my house, I watched Scream in the garage and had less than 10 kids, probably about 6-8. So this year, I bought two 6-packs of full size candy bars, thinking I'd have some leftover. Especially with COVID being an issue, I wasn't sure if we'd get any kids at all.

It turns out that we had double the amount of trick-or-treaters this year! And there were only about half of the number of people who were handing out candy. The candy bars were gone in the first 20 minutes, and I was worried I was going to have to pull out my checkbook à la Rachel from a Friends Halloween episode. 

Instead, I borrowed candy from my kids, haha. My parents had given them each a large bag of candy on Friday, so I grabbed their candy from the house to hand that out. We ended up getting about 16 kids total. So, next year I'll plan for more. 

Jerry and I watched Scream 4 in the garage (I thought I'd seen all of those movies at least a dozen times each, but when I started watching it, I'd totally forgotten about it. I must have only seen that one once. 

For some reason, I haven't even been tempted to eat Halloween candy this year. Noah gave me a few mini Almond Joy's, which I ate, but nothing really sounds good. I've been in a savory snack mood for a while now--either chips or pretzels with hummus, usually.

I'm SO glad that we turned the clocks back an hour last night. It felt so nice to be able to head out for a walk when it's light outside. It threw me off all day, though. It's so weird how your body knows that the time has shifted--I was hungry earlier than usual and even now as I type this, it's only 7:30 pm but it feels so much later.

The wind was INSANE today--40 mph all day long. When I went out this morning, the wind was so strong that I couldn't even hear my audiobook at times, particularly when I was next to the lake. We had fantastic weather for trick-or-treating yesterday, though, so I'm grateful for that! It's been super cold and rainy every year and it was a nice change.

Can you believe it's November already? This year has gone by SO FAST.


  1. What a great article about Eli and his big catch!! We live out in the sticks, so we only got one of our neighbor families that stopped out for halloween (we had made each of their kids a little goody bag of treats we know they like :)

  2. My kids love fishing! My son is 10 and obsessed with fishing. He would go every day if he could, but we don't live near water. I showed them your son's story and they were super impressed and thought it was cool that he was in the paper. Congratulations to Eli on his muskie!

  3. what a cool story the paper did on Eli and congrats Eli!

  4. Wow!! What a cool story and feature on the front page of the sports section! Way to go, Eli!


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