Friday, October 28, 2016

Lesson 447: Roots and Wings

It's Halloween weekend, Readers!

Halloween falls on a dumb Monday, so Eloise is extending the festivities to the weekend prior.  There is a Halloween Fun Run or Walk, free of charge, in the Harborcreek Community Park, Firman Road entrance on Saturday, October 29th, at 2:00. Nothing formal or township promoted.  Just something a couple of friends and I organized for an excuse to run around in a Halloween costume.

 It's 3-ish miles through the spooky trails from Firman Road to the Harborcreek Municipal Building and back.  Wear a costume if you want.  Bring your kids.  It's fun.  Eloise is going on a bike this year to stay ahead of the crowd, and my costume goes with it.

Clue:  I'm always out on those park trails looking for something--geocaches, zombies, or most of the time, something I dropped.  I can't wait to show you what I found!

Sam had me take this photo one foggy night in October.
It's a snapshot of the park in my backyard.

Sam is convinced the shadowy figures are clowns.
Not a popular thing with kids this year.

Hubby and the girls see juvenille sasquatch.
Eloise says zoms for sure.
Your thoughts?

Fall sure is pretty around here.
The colors are still vibrant, 
despite the fast approaching November calendar page.

Some noteworthy items of the week:

Calling Huskie alums of 1989!
High School classmate Jim Beveridge wrote a book!
You can get your copy on Amazon.
If anyone knows how to get a hold of Jim,
please forward him this post.
Eloise wants my copy autographed!
How interesting that he, too, wrote his first book with a key theme.

For the newer readers,
Eloise's first book, 
a children's story written for my kids
is titled The Key, 
and can be found on this blog's archives, 
chapter by chapter.

For now, give this Key a turn.

I'll get to it right after I finish up The Wonder, loaned to me by friend Patti
I'm just a little bit into it, but just sayin'---
There ain't no way some chick can go four months existing only only water.
When a book stumps you that way,
guess an alien.
She has to be an alien.

Eloise is headed to see Handsome and his wife Faith Hill.
in the summer of 2017.
I bought tickets for the Cleveland show on August 17th.
If you'd like to join me,
grab your binoculars and purchase some nosebleed seats near mine
 in section 229 or 230.

I'm going with my Cleveland cousins,
even after the fact that Penn State surprised Ohio State last weekend!

Speaking of football,
Sam and his Little Gridders team

the Oregon Ducks head to the Super Bowl.
They get to play under the lights on the high school field.
It's the real deal for these little guys.
I hope you are all play flocking awesome, Ducks!

What's awesome besides football excitement
and not having a couch?

It's also notable to have no table.
Got rid of that sucker, too.

When they pouted over their hardship,
I told them that fleeing Syria on foot was a hardship.
Not having a kitchen table for a few weeks, 
was not.

Mother Eloise got to put something on the calendar for once.
No golf or football on a Saturday,
and Penn State played the late game.

My choice!
And I demanded they all go.
We went to see the Kinzua railroad bridge
that was destroyed by a tornado.
The area has turned the tragedy into a triumph,
and created a beautiful scenic area,
hiking trails,
and a top notch educational information center.

Hubby is a wobbly-kneed chicken when it comes to heights
therefore he didn't make the walk out to the end of the bridge to peek over.
Good thing,
because after I spied this,
I would have thrown him over the edge into the tornado aftermath.

I mean it is a Lou L!
And here I thought he was at school all day.

The biggest treat of the week was given to me daughter Ellen Louise.

Sometimes as a parent, you lay in bed at night, exhausted,
wondering if you did a good job.
Were the kids safe, cared for, and encouraged?
Did I model good behavior?
Did they know that they are loved?

The tenth graders at HC are required to write a pretty in depth autobiography.
Ellen's was nearly 20 pages long.
They also are required to put together a photo video representing their life
and theme of their overall piece.

Ellen chose a nature theme and titled hers, 
In My Nature.
I heard her complaining about the project from time to time,
and we made a few trips to Walmart to fetch the needed materials for the paper portion.
But I didn't realize the beauty of what she put together
until its completion.

The book is still at school, being shared with other classmates.
I'm proud to report she earned an A.

Below is the video Ellen made set to Miranda Lambert's song
Roots and Wings.
I gave you the roots, Ellen.
You got the wings, baby.

Have a great Halloween weekend, everyone.

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