Wednesday, October 17, 2012



According to, the online grocery site, here's what little ghosts and goblins are most likely to get while trick or treating this year.

1. Kit Kat Miniatures

2. York Peppermint Patties

3. Fun Size Snickers

4. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures

5. Dove Promises Silky Smooth Dark Chocolates 

6. Fun Size Butterfingers

7. Fun Size Milky Ways 

8. Fun Size Twix Cookie Bars

9. Heath Bar Miniatures

10. Fun Size $100,000 Bars

11. Almond Joy Snack Size  

12. Werther's Original Butter Candies

13. Fun Size Nestle Crunch Bars 

#5 sounds very tempting. Good thing I'm too old for trick or treating!

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The veil is lifting

The last three months have felt very unreal to me. First the ghastly heat. My best friend has been distracted and troubled by losing his job. Then my mother's illness, and finally her death. Then the morass of her finances and all that's landed on me. I've been sleepwalking through it all, trying to navigate through a fog of sadness, fear and uncertainty. Sleeping erratically, eating too much, gaining weight.

I am feeling stronger. I am more in the moment. I am more like myself. I'm no longer "getting by." I'm in my own life again.

I hear my mother in my head. I believe she is happy and whole and with God. I had been dreading her death so much that I hadn't counted on the relief I now feel, knowing that her pain is over and she truly is resting at peace. I loved my mother and the role reversal we experienced -- while very much the natural order of things -- was exhausting for me. I didn't realize it until it was over. I no longer have to worry about her.

I love her and I miss her. I will always love her and I will always miss her. But I no longer have to worry about her. She is where she belongs, with God. And I am grateful.

Agriculturally obsessed

Last night, while watching the second Presidential debate, I discovered Farmville. I'm so busy with my chickens and my goat that I haven't had moment to update the blog. Sorry.

PS Message to BHO: Thanks for showing up for the debate last night.