This also means that Halloween is over -- except for the candy that's still in the pillowcase, but it's the stuff none of us like, so we won't be sneaking into her room to raid the stash where it's hidden under her bed.
And the holiday season has unofficially begun. Thanksgiving is just two weeks away, and if you're cooking dinner like I am, that's not very long. I've put away the ghosts, witches and goblins decor, packed away the costume box, and the jack-o-lantern on the front porch went in the trash last weekend, much to the dismay of the squirrels who were feasting on the remnants. In my "spare time" (what's that?) this week, I'm cleaning and clearing out so that there will be room for Christmas decorations in a few weeks. Meantime, I'll set a few ceramic turkeys out, and keep lighting my fall candles each evening, because there's nothing that says fall like the smell of Yankee Candle's Harvest Festival scent. And as much as I love Christmas, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, so I don't want to rush past it. In fact, I don't want to rush anything these days. I want to savor each day, discovering new things that I'm thankful for, to add to my sidebar each day. Today I'm thankful for teenagers. Yes, teenagers. As maddening and crazy as life can be with them, it's like that toddler stage where you can see them growing and changing before your eyes. Granted, it's often three steps forward, two steps back. Sometimes it doesn't seem much different from toddlerhood except now instead of saying, "Are you sure you don't have to go potty?" I'm saying, "Are you sure you got your homework done?" I know, they're supposed to be learning self-discipline and consequences and all that stuff. But, once again they're at a stage where their bodies are changing faster than they can keep up with in their minds, and you still have to ride herd on them, so to speak.
So, how did I go from Halloween to turkeys to teenagers -- oh, there's the connection. Sorry, folks, I haven't had my coffee yet, can you tell?