Hello October, Open Thread

My favorite month in Virginia ❤

Also, my birth month, but my story began in Brooklyn, in a shipyard, during Truman. I'm so proud of that 😀

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77 Responses to Hello October, Open Thread

  1. helenk3 says:

    just because we need a smile

  2. helenk3 says:

    I will post this instead

    • 49erDweet says:

      Ahhhhhh. Memories………

    • DeniseVB says:

      helen, do you miss the seasons in Florida? We left coastal California, decided not to move to Florida, weird, we wanted the season changes and still live near the ocean. We stayed in Virginia, it had it all 😀

      • Somebody says:

        We have seasons in Florida, hot and hotter😛

        Seriously, we have “seasons” in North Florida, we even have a little bit of fall foliage, although ours shows up between Thanksgiving and mid December. We have maple trees here and certain other species that change colors, just not that many. Our “fall” can start as early as Halloween or as late as Thanksgiving and runs through New Year. Although we had chilly weather this morning so we may be in for a long “fall”. Our fall is what most refer to as Indian Summer.

        We have winter too, it’s called January. Sometimes winter lasts until mid to late February, those are apocalypse years 🤣 Most consider our winter weather fall like. I beg to differ because it can get damn cold, thankfully only in the overnight hours and usually only then for a day or two.

        Spring is devine. We have a long spring, it lasts at least until mid May, but some years until mid June. It can start as early as the first week of February. Springtime in Florida is my favorite time, warm days, cool nights, cloudless skies, low humidity.

        Yes summer is our longest month and what we’re known for. Summers are brutal, no two ways about it.

        Point is, we do have seasons they just aren’t as pronounced and don’t last as long.

        • elliesmom says:

          Indian Summer is a burst of warm weather after the first frost. We’re having warm weather here today, but we haven’t had a frost yet so it’s not Indian Summer. I’ve never lived anywhere that doesn’t have seasons, but if I could only have one season, I think I’d pick the fall although spring is my favorite among the four. After the months of cold and gray, spring just smells so good, wet and soggy but such promise in the air, but I wouldn’t want a steady diet of wet and soggy. Especially here in New England, fall is such a glorious burst of color, and the air is crisp and cool, but underneath it is the knowledge cold and gray is on its way. If winter wasn’t ever going to come, then fall would be great.

        • 1539days says:

          Seasons are an illusion anyway. Where I live in upstate NY, there’s maybe 5 months where the temperature stays above 30F. We have about 4 months of winter, but it can snow in October or April. Fall and Spring get a month or less each, since temps get into the 80’s and 90’s for about 3 months straight.

          • DeniseVB says:

            When I lived in Lake Placid, it snowed on Mother’s Day, but only needed a windbreaker jacket. Snow was usually on the ground by Halloween. Summers were nice except for the black flies.

      • helenk3 says:

        yes I do . I love the fall and the spring. The winter not so much. I miss summer at the Jersey shore. They do not have the boardwalk in Fla.
        But Fla has it’s own beauty.

  3. DandyTIger says:

    Nothing like the crisp autumn air and the color changes in Virginia in October. It is the best.

    • Mothy67 says:

      It is breathtaking here in the fall, but you know that having gone to CMU. It gets so ugly though in winter. Everything is dead. We get snow but it turns to dirty slush fast. I wish I could move somewhere where the weather was always like today. It is near perfect. Sleeping under a ton of blankets with the windows open. Cooking hearty meals and eating like a pig. The fall is comfort.

    • DeniseVB says:

      It’s why we sent our oldest son to the military boarding school near Charlottesville (FUMA), how we loved our excuses to visit him in the fall. 😀

      • elliesmom says:

        Has the General brought you home to New England in the fall?

        • DeniseVB says:

          Years ago, just summers and at Christmas when his mom was alive. I did go to Hollis, NH with my friend one fall when her daughter went to USFSA Nationals when it was in Boston that year. Her folks had a cute little house on a pond there. Crispy cool and colorful and a diner named Dolly’s nearby. As you can tell, that was memorable. 🙂

    • swanspirit says:

      Its wonderful in Maryland, too. The weather today is sublime.

      • lateblum says:

        Fall is my favorite season as well. After the heat and humidity of summer, the oranges, golds, reds and even the browns on the trees with cool temps in the 50’s, and 60’s Invigorate me. Then there’s the smells from the fireplaces that take me back to childhood when we could burn the leaves in the streets. I don’t even mind winter with the cold and snow. I just don’t like it much after February. Sadly, here in Chicago, it tends to last until April and even early May sometimes. Today it has been cool and rainy and sunny and cloudy and hard to nail down. Grand baby #1 had soccer practice scheduled so I drove her to pickup a friend who said they had just called practice due to the weather. Cheers all around. See? Invigorated. lol

  4. DeniseVB says:

    We decided to go Lights Out this Halloween. We’re using Covid as an excuse, but really, we’re just old and cranky right now. Get off our porch! We used to keep the spirit going for Greg, but the older kids (middle schoolish) taunted him when he passed out the candy, so he lost the spirit. When we took over, the kids critiqued our choice of candy we passed out. “Ewww, that’s all you have? Ewww, snack size, we didn’t come all the way over from the ‘hood for that. Ewwww, you’re stupid for not recognizing my costume.” I guess we just burned out. Sorry kids.

    • Mothy67 says:

      It is cancelled here. So is the dance. I am thinking about doing a Rocky Horror themed party.
      Everything is nuts. The football stadium is only open to about 50. Everyone sits on the hill next to it. No masks, no distancing. Shay has to wear a mask to walk into the school for a vball game. They take them off as soon as they get inside. All the school groups are broke. There won’t be any trips not because of covid but because no one is buying concessions because nobody can watch. They do put vball on youtube but there is no sound. Nothing is more boring than watching silent volleyball.
      I keep soda on my porch, it is enclosed. Last year on Halloween this kid asked for a can instead of a candy bar. He was 9ish. He ran out screaming I gave him coke. The parents thought it funny. Thank God. Halloween and drugs could have gotten hairy.

      • Somebody says:

        I think a Rocky Horror party sounds like fun or a murder mystery party.

        Halloween is canceled here too I believe, at least all the fall festivals and the county fair are canceled. My son is taking the girls to Disney to Mickey’s Halloween. Overnight Disney changes from Halloween to Thanksgiving decorations and activities, so my son is taking them back on November 1st to see the “Disney magic transformation”. Pro-tip, the transformation from Thanksgiving to Christmas is amazing!

        He wanted me to go, but I passed😉 I think he really wanted my wallet to go more than me🤣 He knows I’m picky about accommodations and I always feel guilty because he’s on a tight budget so I pay for he and the girls too😉 Ditto food, I’m not much for fast food/counter service, so I spring for the nicer sit down restaurants. The girls love it too because most of those involve characters. He has the youngest one batting her eyes and begging, please Gigi❤ I won’t give in, no desire to walk around masked and there are no longer smoking areas 😲 That’s a recipe for one bitchy grandma🤣

        True story, my older daughter gets angry when she goes now. She always says “Who are you and what have you done with my mother? The cheap bitch that took me to Disney, made me eat PB&J’s she packed, made us shack up at the econo lodge and wouldn’t buy me 🎈?”🤣🤣🤣 Marsha, Marsha, Marsha🤣🤣🤣 I always say, because I was cheap then, I don’t have to be now……and she scowls🤣🤣🤣 Except during food and wine fest when mama keeps the drinks flowing😉

        • Mothy67 says:

          The twins mom did graduation. They said fuck it. There was a yuuuuuuge party. Shay goes to school with the twins same grade. Older sister graduated last year. They have one of the few big yards. They threw it open for the kids to celebrate themselves for graduating. It was a don’t come if you are scared of the bug. No one is making you but we are gonna celebrate our kids. It’s a small town. No police showed up. I have kids here daily. I make that choice. I was on the list for liver and kidney. I was also meant to get a heart. I kinda say fuck it. I refused liver. I have a tiny bit of something that might with a shove and a swift kick in the arse resemble a soul. I was not accepting an organ over a child. Nah, that is not me. No no no. I do what I do my idiot organs decided they still want to play ball. Stats are fine. Life expectancy for transplants is 5 years. I be still going. I am the oldest living person with actual pig parts. My valves are not human. No one lives beyond 12 years. Haha suckers I got mine in 1970. I am still here. I am liking making noise.

    • 1539days says:

      Just put a sign that says “No Candy” and say you’re disguised as a sex offender’s house.

    • lateblum says:

      I’m not certain what is happening in Chicago. I think Chicago had Halloween today…
      At least the mayors office did.

    • Constance says:

      Strangely I’m enjoying this exodus of great jobs from Seattle. It really pissed Governor Inslee off. He says it is an insult to Washington state workers. No dipshit, companies are sick of dealing with vapid commie public officials.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Wow, that’s a big loss for the state (and SC’s gain!) They should have bought them a Republican Governor and Mayor. That’s what dingbat AOC didn’t understand about Amazon moving into her district……..tax incentives in exchange for thousands of jobs, that’s not corporate “welfare”, cookie.

  5. votermom says:

    Happy birth month, Denise!

    • DeniseVB says:

      I celebrate all month 😀

      • Somebody says:

        You’re worth it!😉

      • elliesmom says:

        Did you know you can celebrate your half-birthday, too? When I was in first grade the teacher said we could bring cupcakes in for our birthday, and if our birthday was in the summer, we could bring them for our half-birthday. So my birthday was after school got out for the summer, and my half-birthday was during the Christmas break. My mom was tickled pink because it meant she never had to bake cupcakes for school. I didn’t get the cooking gene from her.

        • Somebody says:

          I’ve heard the half birthday thing before. I’d be in the same boat as you, but in reverse my birthday is 12-23. Christmas break or summer vacation🙄

          I’ve never had a birthday party, not even for my 1st birthday. In 1989 my husband decided he was throwing the mother of all birthday parties for me. It snowed, in Florida🙄 The whole city shut down🙄

          I did end up having a party, just not the one planned, my house became party central for the neighborhood. We had tons of booze, 5 kegs, food out the Ying yang. The whole neighborhood stayed drunk for days. It was a new neighborhood, so it was sort of a bonding experience.

          I’ve been told multiple times that I should plan a half birthday party, no chance of snow. Um sure, we’d get the mother of all hurricanes instead🤣 I decided if I don’t celebrate my birthday it means I’m not getting older 🤣

          • elliesmom says:

            I kind of liked having my birthday almost 6 months exactly from Christmas. I could ask for things like a new bike or roller skates for my birthday just as school was getting out for the summer, and ice skates or a sled for Christmas. I have a friend whose half-birthday is my birthday, and we celebrate together because her birthday gets lost in Christmas. It surprised her the first time I did it, but now it’s our tradition.

  6. Miranda says:

    All the best people are born in October, Denise 😀 (I’m on the 19th). I love fall in NC. My ‘October Skies’ asters are blooming a beautiful lavender-blue.
    Unfortunately, no state fair this year, but they’d taken away all the close parking anyway. You have to walk about 1/4 mile to even get on the grounds, which tires out my aunt before we get started. We were going to try the park and ride, but the whole thing is down this year.

    • Somebody says:

      My aunt’s birthday was the 19th Miranda

    • Dora says:

      The 17th is my brother’s birthday and October 24th was my Dad’s.

      It’s a good month.

    • votermom says:

      my childhood best friend’s bday is this month
      unfortunately based on fb I think she’s a karen leftist now

    • foxyladi14 says:

      My Granddaughter’s is on the 19th too!! ❤

    • elliesmom says:

      Elliesdad’s birthday is October 12th. If I had been his mother, I probably would have named him Christopher. My dad’s is October 2, and my mom’s is October 8th. My grandparents and my parents were married on October 19th. They wanted us to get married on Otober 19th, but my mom backed down when I said if we waited until then, I’d be moving in with Elliesdad before the wedding. Times were so different then. Now parents are delighted if kids get married at all. 🙂

    • lateblum says:

      Happy birth month, everyone! My brother’s birthday is the 18th.i see he is in good company!

  7. Woke Lola says:

    Awww, when is the happy day, Denise? Happy birthday to you, too Miranda!

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  9. Mothy67 says:

    Pet peeve
    Why do schools not sell things you have to buy anyhow for fundraisers? I get stuck with Yankee candles,pizza, and over priced candy. There is something about breast cancer awareness happening. Fine I will buy pink socks and a pink bandana. I went all over the place looking. Okay two stores. Sold out. I would pay 5 more if it went to the teams. I don’t need to buy a two foot chocolate rabbit at Easter. Shay is 14 not 3. She goes on amazon and orders her own gifts. Her latest thing is vinyl. She loves records and record player. I would never have figured that. She had to have all this Pink stuff last year. Like she might die if she didn’t have PINK hoodies. It is this overpriced Victoria’s Secret brand. 80 bucks for a hoodie. I don’t play that but she got about a dozen. Girl has more clothes than she will ever wear. My friends love sending her things. She does not need Manolo Blahnik stillettos. Who sends 900 shoes to a tween.
    Anyhow why don’t schools sell stuff kids actually need or will use. They do book fairs and you have to buy uniforms through the school. Cheer cost me over 200. Her vball shoes, much to my chagrin, were nike over 200. I constantly have to run around store to store looking to get the right swim cap or track shoes. I would pay 5 more for the convenience. I ask how much at PTA sales. How much will you get if Shay meets her goal. Let me just write you a check for that amount. I do not want her guilting relatives about a stale hoagie (grinder). I could not find a pink bandana or pink regulation socks anywhere. I had to buy dye. The socks weren’t taking washing machine dye. They were pale. We ended up soaking them in food coloring. Not my idea. It worked. Why can’t the school just sell the stuff? When I was in middle school we sold t-shirts we made in school which read One for the Thumb in 81. Steelers football. We went to DC, Busch Gardens, and Williamsburg on those profits. No one had to cough up cash. We sold thousands. Unfortunately it was early 80’s. I am forever scarred by the bus trip. No one thought to bring extra tunes. It was Lipps Inc all the way there and back. Funkytown gives me hives to this day.

    • Mothy67 says:

      I might have to do hard core time for child abuse. Shay had me buy her a real record player. I still have and made her listen to the double album Guilty by Babs Streisand and Barry Gibb. Bugger off I am a Woman in Love is a great timeless ditty.
      “I turn away from the wall. I stumble and fall” oh good lord i am eternally smitten by horrid lyrics.

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    • elliesmom says:

      From the moment a woman knows she’s pregnant, it’s a “baby”, if she wants it. It progresses from a clump of cells to a fetus if she doesn’t. When a woman miscarries at 3 months, she says, “I lost the baby.” Most women who make the decision reluctantly for medical reasons say “I needed to abort the baby”. Not recognizing the child she’s carrying is a child is a mental exercise only women who have voluntary abortions of healthy children go through. I’m not rabidly anti-abortion in all cases, but I’m OK with voluntary abortions of healthy babies being made to be emotionally painful decisions.

      • Underwhelmed says:

        If it’s wanted, it’s a baby. If it’s an inconvenience, it’s snot to be blown out of the body. The hypocrisy is off the charts.

      • swanspirit says:

        Having taken care of preemie babies, I have extreme difficulty with voluntary abortions of late term pregnancies, that don’t have any health issues or concerns for the mother. I think I might even be in favor of a cut off date, for a viable fetus, but that would be very difficult and complicated to enforce.
        I am ok with terminating pregnancies when what is really involved is a clump of cells. Especially high risk pregnancies, or products of rape/ incest, and underage mothers.

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  13. foxyladi14 says:

    The Marxist Attack On Proud Boys Is An Attack On All Americans.

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    • Anthony says:

      My first apartment was in the house on the left

      • Dora says:

        Such a nice place. It must have been great living there.

        But I know you like it where you are now too. 🙂

        • Anthony says:

          The West Village in those days was a perfect place for a young person just starting out. I was barely 19 when I lived there in 1970. The Upper West Side was very dangerous until about 10 years later. It was gentrified by gays and artists who couldn’t afford West Village rents. I will NEVER move out of my neighborhood. The UWS has lower buildings, two major parks, lots of trees on every block, lots of families raising their children, good schools, and my most important feature, the Hudson River.

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