Maybe the Last?

Miss Butterfly dressed up as a unicorn this year.

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Super cute and goofy! We headed back to our old neighborhood where the crowds are, hooked up with her old friends, and went trick or treating. She really did have a great time, as did we!

Unfortunately, this was also the year that she got the comments of “You are too old to trick or treat” from the candy givers. Now, in MY opinion, a 12 year old who does well in school, is dressed up, and isn’t egging your car is the PERFECT age to trick or treat. But what do I know? Mostly, I know that these scrooges somehow want my child to grow up faster than I want her to. And, I just do not understand that whatsoever. Probably the same people who say stuff like “Kids these days grow up too fast, I wish they dressed more appropriately, didn’t have phones, etc.”  While they could have some actual influence by allowing children to just be children.

ANYHOW, we also had an odd and scary experience.

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See that clown wandering the streets? In his other hand, he has a chainsaw. A real one. And, as it turns out, he’s a local not quite right guy who wanders that area every day. Except last night he was wandering that area with a chainsaw. Now, that area gets an incredible amount of children. It can be wall to wall people there, and many of the homes go absolutely over the top in decorations and haunted houses with live actors scaring people. So, this guy wandering around was mostly thought, by people not local to the area, to be harmless. So they’d chase him, and he’d chase them back. We, however, knew better and kept the kids away. Later on in the evening, I saw on the local police scanner twitter page that he’d been called in and Miss Butterfly told me that after I left her with her father this guy had been arrested. It was….unnerving.

In any case, that was our evening. I also managed to get a photo of my latest 2 ply batt.

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It’s quite lovely! It was a fatcatknits batt, and it’s got some decent texture, and spun up very nicely. I’ve got 340 yards of this one. I love the earth/sky tones on this one, very fun!

I finished up the plying on the other project as well, so I’ll be able to get photos of that tonight. And now? I’ve got a wheel free, only one active knitting project that’s almost complete, and I kind of don’t know what to do with myself! I need to get situated and inspired this evening. That’s the plan. Chores around the house that have been neglected, and then check the crafty situation.

Because….I am going on my own little knitting/spinning retreat this weekend. I can’t wait! We’ve decided that I really do need to regain that wind down time I was supposed to have right after the conference finished up. To be honest, after this past weekend where I got some serious sleep, I DO feel much better. I was blathering on about something to Mr. Ink last evening, getting a little het up about it, and then eventually checked myself and said “You know what? It’s just nice to have the brain space to be thinking about social issues rather than being stuck in the stressed at work loop where I can’t give any thought or time to any other issue!” So, obviously I AM seeing improvement. But, I still think a retreat will do me some good.