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Friday’s Fav 5

Friday’s Fav 5

1. Beach Walking – along the north shore – e.e. cummings says it well.

maggie and milly and molly and may

maggie and milly and molly and may (and rinda and kathie)
went down to the beach (to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

2. Naptime ~ Don’t these little kitties bring a smile to your face? They run to greet us every morning.

3. Golden Beauties ~Savouring the last of this year’s autumn glory –  red oaks along the church lane.

4. Still Blooming ~ Can you believe it? My petunias are still blooming! They are getting a wee bit bedraggled, but as long as they keep blooming, I’ll leave them be.

5. Hope ~ Bulbs are all in, tucked under a blanket of earth, ready for a long winter’s sleep. And then… what pleasure they’ll bring next spring!

A lovely week enjoying the last of October’s beauty!

Today, I’ll be getting ready for some little visitors at my door this evening. It’s a big day in our little community.

Excitement will be running high down at our small country school. I remember it well. The teachers are wise to go with the old adage “If you can’t beat them, join them.” They will come to school, dressed in costume, ready to lead the fun. There will be a bit of math, reading and maybe some spelling this morning, but by afternoon all pretense of lessons will be set aside. The rest of the day will be given over to costume parades, music, games, and of course, treats.

Down at Cooper’s, the general store, Glenda will be handing out her famous home-made candy. The place will be packed as young and old drop in to say hello and have a piece of delicious fudge.

At the Lodge and Senior’s Home, the residents will wait with such excitement in the common room for the first little pirate or princess to drop in to say hi to a great-grandparent or an old neighbour. Even the staff dress up. Sarah is going as a fairy – she has her wand and wings. There will be a lot of smiles down there today.

Here at home, I’ll hear the first knock at the door just as the sun begins to set. Last year we had over 50 children and we knew them all. Roger and I will spend a few minutes trying to “guess” who is hiding behind the mask. It wouldn’t do to guess too quickly – it’s all part of the fun. Then we’ll hand out a few treats and after thank yous and good-byes, the children will head out to the next neighbour. By 8 pm, the whole event will be over and the children will be home examining their “loot”. Every year there are a few tricks but they are usually pretty tame – toilet papering trees is a favourite.

I’ll leave you with a picture from the family archives.

With 4 boys I had a lot of practice creating cowboy, pirate and superhero costumes, but the arrival of a little girl opened up brand new possibilities.

And, as a Prince Edward Islander, I couldn’t wait to dress up a little girl like this:

Sarah- 1992.

Well, I had better recheck that stash of candy “hidden” in the closet. Hope I don’t have to make another a trip to the store. 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends!


For more Friday’s Fav 5 visit Suzanne at Living To Tell The Story


13 thoughts on “Friday’s Fav 5

  1. You make it all sound like so much fun (your Halloween day)! And that costume is so perfect. Is there a lot of "Anne" dressing up there on the island? Love your five things. And, no, I can*not* believe your petunias are blooming. The thing that always surprises me here is the occasional pansy that continues to bloom all year, through the winter, under the snow, when it’s below 0 degrees (way, way below zero to you!). You are blessed to live where you do. The autumn is so pretty (as are all seasons), and you are also blessed to have such a special friend to beachwalk with and take pictures…Love all of this,Susan


  2. It sounds like a lovely halloween. It’s such a fun day to be a child – or I should say watching a child enjoy the day.One of my most favorite things is also beach walking! Cute picture – thank goodness for girls!


  3. Thanks Kathie…Enjoyed the collage of your 5! Each one of the photos brings me delight and then you add a poem to top off the beach…I especially love the last of fall beauty…the sweetie kitties…and the sweetness of Sarah when she was young (though I don’t know her or you) she looks so sweet! Bulbs planted and petunias still in bloom??? hmmmm Thanks & enjoy a crisp, warm weekend!


  4. Lor na says:

    Hi Kathie – Enjoy your day (and evening). Today we took our preschoolers to a nearby nursing home … it was fun for old and young alike. I’m glad you were able to get your bulbs planted. I can’t wait to see the pictures in the spring :>) Joel and Kara were two of over two million in Philadelphia today for the Phillies parade … yeah, a win AT LAST!!!


  5. Oh I really enjoyed your fave five Kathie! Those kittens asleep all cuddled with a paw over onto the other one is so darn sweet. Love the costume, too. Have a fun day on the island. It sounds like a magical place to be tonight :0)


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