Some of the women here aren't too sure what to think about Halloween. I suppose it would seem a bit crazy if you weren't familiar with the tradition. But, we are making candy apples tonight and painting pumpkins, and hopefully having some more fun during our house dinner on Wednesday, so maybe we can spread the appreciation.
After nearly three straight weeks of rain, we've had a brilliant week of sun. I took the bike out for about an hour last weekend. While I did a decent amount of mileage, the ride was broken up with short stops to admire the trees, take pictures, walk along the river, etc. When I go out walking I look down the block at the trees to determine in which direction I want to head. Lots of yellows right now. And lots of squirrells. We have the typical St. Louis brown, but there are also lots of white and black squirrells as well. I wish there was some way I could let the squirrells know I mean them no harm as I walk because they all have to scatter and run up some tree when I get near. How are they ever supposed to find enough food to store for winter with all these humans out disturbing their search?Last night I went to the orchestra with one of the younger sisters from St. Paul. In St. Louis we have what are called "Entertainment Books," which are books of coupons that you can buy. Well, here they are called "Blue Sky Books." I found a coupon for two orchestra tickets for a total of $5.00. Can't beat that! The performance last night was music of "upcoming" composers--men and women who are new on the scene and had maybe never had a professional orchestra play their pieces. The pieces of seven composers were chosen, six men and one woman. The woman was from somewhere in Asia I would guess. The men all looked as if they had been born here in the States. After the concert was over they had time for the audience to ask these new composers questions. My question would have been about the lack of diverse representation that evening and a curiosity as to if it was fairly representative of upcoming composers and why. It was a great opportunity for the new composers--not to mention us. I paid more for parking than I did for the tickets.
Anyway, it's study hour here at Sarah's. Currently no one is in the activity room to study or get help with anything. But maybe I'll venture out and see who I can find. As I'm at Sarah's, it's only fitting to end with: may peacemaking prevail on earth today.