The trick-or-treating is done, the kiddo is asleep, and Mom is not far behind. Welcome to how a modern Pagan celebrates her religious new year… about the same way we celebrate the secular one. With a whole lot of “Ugh, I’m tired. It’s early, but I’m tired, and I’m going to bed.”
Years ago, I’d do a writing to Close Down the Year on my blog, to reflect what happened in the year just past, and maybe put together a few hopes for the year to follow. I haven’t done one in quite some time now, and with the losses my husband and I have experienced in the last fourteen months, I feel like I should do one… but I’m not ready. I’m not even ready to sit Circle these days. I’ll get there eventually. Hopefully.
But before I head to bed on this last night of the Write 31 Days challenge (which hooray! I actually accomplished this year), let me indulge with the little Jedi trick-or-treater. Max went out for about an hour with his dad, while I manned the candy bowl at the house. He had a good time despite the chilly temperatures. Erich said that there were a lot of houses that were completely dark in our neighborhood – I’m not sure whether it’s a sign of the neighborhood aging, of the immigrant blend we have (with folks who may be unfamiliar with Halloween), or just an odd quiet year, but it does sadden me. The first couple years we were here, we had so many kids. One year Erich had to run back to the store to get more candy. Definitely not the case this year. Those yellow bowls you see behind Max in that photo? We drained one, but one full one remained. Shocking, really. And I thought I was doing pretty decent with the amount of candy we gave to each kiddo.
Due to the holiday, there was no stitching tonight. But tomorrow, the Stitch Maynia Facebook group begins “NaNoStitchMo” as a piggy-back off of NaNoWriMo. The theme is 50 of something… your choice. So I’ve decided to try to dedicate 50 minutes or 50 stitches each day of November. I probably won’t update the blog every day, but will make an effort to keep the writing going at a good pace. It was nice to sit down and try to write every day. I should keep that going as best I can – and update the stitching progress!
Thanks for hanging out with me and for the comment support as I pushed through October! Happy Halloween, and Blessed Samhain to you and yours, with wishes of good health and happiness for the next Turn.