Today is Halloween. For me Halloween is all about trick or treating & the candy. We may get 1 or 2 trick or treaters, or we may get none. So this is the candy supply for tonight: My husband is hoping that come 9 PM it is all his.
And before you get upset that you have to buy candy for hundreds let me add that for 6 years we lived in the center of a neighboring village where we might have over 300 little goblins. And yes I do it some ways miss it.
I hunted for a picture taken on a past wedding anniversary. My husband & I don’t usually do more than have a nice meal out, if that. When I finally found a picture in an old scrap-book of an anniversary when we were in England at the British Museum I discovered the CD of those old photos would not open on either of my current computers.
So time for another approach: In 2004 the British people did a lot of 1940s events in celebration of the WWII years. We innocently planned a ride on on Severn Valley Railway and it turned out to be during a special 1940s weekend. It was so much fun seeing people dressed up for the period. In addition to the train ride there was a nice concert of war time music.
Everyone talks about ‘man caves’ these days. My husband does not have a ‘man cave‘, he has the master bedroom suite of our home has his office because the owners before us built a ton of book cases into the master. We use what was meant to be the en-suite guest room as our bedroom.
Our home has a down stairs ‘den’ that I used as my studio’s waiting room during the years that I taught piano in this house. After closing my business that ‘den’ has become my ‘girl cave‘ –TV & computer center. To minimize glare I have the old venetian blinds closed most of the time. That makes it ‘cave-like’ even though it would be a bright ‘non-cave‘ if I opened them.
I was not finding any inspiration from my picture library on my computer, or around my house for the word “welcoming“. I don’t have welcome sign on my door or a cute doormat. I don’t even have a pineapple, a symbol of hospitality & welcome, around my home.
But I was looking once again through the photos I took last week in Boston & it dawned on me — the full service restaurant at the MFA had changed its decor some.
This is the new gray based color scheme. The banquets are cozy. It looks & feels upscale.
Flashback to a photo of the same restaurant taken in April. The columns used to be orange. The positioning of tables & chairs was very different. The decor was less plush.
But which would you judge more welcoming? I felt that the orange drew me in at arrival. However the gray plush redo makes me relax & feel welcome to linger over my meal.
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Well documented studies show that hunger strikers, if otherwise adequately hydrated, can survive 28 – 40 days. However I feel like I am going to expire if I miss more than one meal. Given that fact it is a good idea for some of my meals to be on the healthy side, like the plate pictured below.
This woman (who was brave enough to volunteer to help out with a training demonstration at the New England Aquarium, in Boston) got lucky & received a kiss from a northern fur seal. Although Isaac, the seal, is not a young boy I still think he was happy kissing a pretty woman. (Boy, if I had known that a volunteer for the demo only had to lean in for a seal kiss I would have raised my hand.)
Weekends have never been a big deal for me. I grew up around self-employed people. Farmers, store owners, and especially funeral directors do not have a 9-5 week day schedule. You are just as likely to be working on the weekend as not. And you learn that doing things mid-week that other people save for the weekend is smart.
I also find as I get older that in addition to doing things mid-week I like to attend matinée performances. This photo has taken prior to a BSO Friday afternoon concert that featured Brahm’s 2nd Piano Concerto.