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Ending the Week Peacefully

oak nut hatIt’s fall.  Fall is what I have missed so incredibly badly for 14 years while I learned what I needed to learn in Texas.  Texas has a lot that I will very much miss.  Butterflies in December.  Ladybugs in… well… December… My little boy who is very much not little any more.

But I was so homesick for October for so long… this weekend was something that I very much needed.  I didn’t have to carry my backpack.  I carried my work phone but I didn’t have to worry about it ringing (much, anyway).  My whole weekend all I did was carry my electronics in my fanny pack and carry my camera.

We went to the Revenna Balloon A Fair.  It was too windy for anything but a few of the burners to ignite.  No balloons went up.  But it was a nice festival and a really pretty day.  Downtown Revenna the street was closed and stands lined the street.  Music and dancing and amazing people watching.  At the fair grounds, there was  food and more music and thousands of people waiting to watch the balloon launch that never came.

After, we went to Canton to Factory of Terror.  If you want a truly scary haunted house, I highly recommend it.  Scared the crap out of me.  They DON’T tell you “if you don’t touch them they won’t touch you”… for good reason.  They touch you.  And they have an electric fence fencer set up on the walls of one of the mazes so if you actually DO what they tell you to do (feel the walls to find your way) the walls bite.

This is not a fabulous thing for someone with RA… especially if your hands are being bitchy.  By the time I got out of that house, my hands were screaming and I was nearly in tears.  Good haunted house?  Yeah.  But there are some nasty surprises.

Today, we went to Cuyahoga National Park picture taking and walking through the fall.  It was really a beautiful fall day today.  I wish I could have captured the smell of the day.  Everything was just perfect for fall.  The trees are turning.  The wildflowers are blooming.  Tonight it is raining and it promises to get a bit chilly.

We stopped at a fall festival at an apple farm.  We bought a scarecrow kit and stuffed him full of straw.  He is sitting on our front porch watching the day seep out of the day.  Apples, apple cider, apple butter and peaches.

I had plans of getting a good bit accomplished this weekend.  Turned out that I really didn’t.  But it was a golden weekend.  A weekend to treasure.

Labor Day

So… Herman is noisily drinking water (sometimes I wish a cat would drink as quietly as a horse does) from the dish, Peanut is hunting stray food that might have hidden itself somewhere (even though we all know it hasn’t) and the world, otherwise, is disturbingly quiet.

It’s Labor Day in the US.  A Monday holiday.  The beginning of what everything thinks of as fall even though it’s really not.

Today is a fair day.  Canfield Fair.  I haven’t been there since my ‘little boy’ was a little boy.  Today is going to be an awesome day and a very hard day for me.  I miss him a lot.  I will miss him a lot today.  I’m really proud of him for the path he is walking, but sometimes I wish that path was a little nearer.  When we were last at the fair, he was lifted high by Tony The Tiger and rode in a stroller.  Nothing like the 6 foot tall young man who stands on his own two feet.

His path is overgrown in places, in places the brambles have crowded so near that they bite deep into his body and his soul.  But it is a shaded path.  Cool and tree lined with just a wee bit of the rain to nurture his soul.  And he walks it hand in hand with his love.  Two roads diverged in a yellow wood….

It’s been a good weekend.  It’s been a hard weekend.

I’m looking forward to today.  Root Beer and laughter.  I will take a little extra napproxin because I can feel the weeks rolling by towards infusion day.  And I will carry an extra class ring with me…. because it helps.