After a dawn jog out in Arastradero Preserve, the female Dawn Jogger and son John spent the morning going through the growing tributes to the male Dawn Jogger. Totally overwhelmingly and awesome. And so comforting to read the words of the many lives the male DJ touched.
In the afternoon they turned their attention to the much anticipated Pumpkin Patch preschool party and performance. A chorus line of 12 preschoolers each stood on an individual rug square and sang a medley of Halloween themed songs to the enthusiastic applause of the gathered parents and grandparents. Need she comment on how cute the witch is…
On a day the male DG described as “just awful,” there was, again, Grace. She was, as usual, reason enough to get out of bed and enjoy an warm Indian summer afternoon on the patio. After picking a record 32 tomatoes in the vegetable garden she and the male DG planted months ago together, Grace helped the female DG and her Mom unpack the Halloween decorations. That meant unearthing some scary masks Grace’s father had purchased over the years – and realizing that really was Mom behind the mask. Lights went up on the DG’s front porch as did a witch and skeleton. With PJs on, Grace visited Mr. Pumpkin across the street before going home. A hard day with a lot of light…
According to her parents, Grace picked out her Halloween costume this year – a lady bug. That makes a bit of sense as she spent a summer worrying about “bugs” – at least every time she came to the DG’s house. Tonight, she learned a bit more about trick or treating – and that big kids dress up, too, including the DG’s godson, Nate (second from left with an expression that brings back the “little boy Nate” who they’ve watched grow into a fine young man) and his friend Chris, both dressed as super heroes. Grace was ok with getting her photo taken with the “big boys” as long as she was in her Mom’s arms. More than trick or treating, Grace loved giving out candy to other kids. A really nice evening spent with family and friends.
Physical therapist T worked on the female DG’s big toe today, trying to get it to do more of what it’s supposed to do, like flex and bend. So much of rehab is about fixing the other stuff that went south while the problem (Achilles tendon) was getting fixed, a fact that the male DG knows all too well. But you gotta love T’s outfit – a perfectly, horrendously awful vintage 80s wedding dress. And a sign that Halloween is upon us.
Ok, so the female DG admits this is an out-and-out ‘grandma’ shot. Grace and her parents spent the weekend at the Dual G’s house when they were on the road, a visit highlighted by a trip to Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay that included a train ride and a walk through the non-scary haunted house. The big first was the initial foray into a jumpy house – a much scarier event for the parents (they can’t go in) than the toddler. The Halloween costume is not being disclosed in advance of trick or treat night.
The DGs admit while they can’t quite lick the gimpy factor, it’s hard to be grumpy on the first weekend of October. That means the Halloween decorations come out of the garage and make their way to the front porch. (They can get up to 100 trick or treaters so being festive is part of the neighborhood spirit.) Plus it’s Blessing of the Animals day at church in remembrance of St. Francis. Dogs ruled the aisles and pews, although also spotted was a hamster, laying hen and cockatoo.